Fu*k This, I’ve Got A New Idea

No one wants to live by old standards. New generations demand explicit change.

A revolution is happening as we speak. If you look close, you’ll spot a glimpse of it here and there. It’s a slow and steady turn, but let me tell you, things are changing.

I’m talking about work. I’m talking about business. I’m talking about how people make a living in the 21st century.

Man, what a time…

I am blessed. I am so thankful for the tools and technological advances to come about in my lifetime. I’m part of a generation to catch the Internet wave at it’s peak and ride it! Out of all the years humans have strolled planet Earth, we’re here at this incredibly opportune time.

At 21 years of age, I know one thing: The line between recreation and work is fading. We are finding ways to live doing with what we enjoy / care about.

We’re catching on to this invisible, endless portal and all it’s magical wonders. The Internet is shifting, rippling, and transforming our means for work.

Different views

There’s a new motivation and we feel it. “We” meaning the youth — you know, millennials, Gen X, whatever the hell you call it. It’s not exclusive to one group, but it’s certainly impacting us the most.

We are the rising pressure. We are the ones creating the future, and I assure you, we see things entirely different than those before us.

New conventions are coming. Old formalities are going.

Own it

The idea of work is already changing. The decrepit procedure of “get an education then work for someone else for 40 years” is breaking away. The old ball-and-chain, 9 to 5 scheme is dying! The Web shows thousands of people everyday there are alternatives at play.

We want to start our own. We want to own our work. We want to be self-sufficient and empowered. Not helplessly dependent, treated like a cog in a machine.

The shift has already begun. People are “starting their own” left and right. Sure, starting a business is nothing new. But we’re learning and uncovering more viable ways of doing so. Food trucks, clothing lines, online consulting services, you name it.

Thanks to the Internet, we’ve got a million more opportunities. Small business is taking over. Entrepreneurship is on the rise. We’re changing how we work forever.

Not quite there

Although this revolution has started, it’s only the beginning. Serious change looms in the distance. We’ve still got a couple of challenges to overcome.

First of all, many people are still held back by the need of a stable job. We have expenses and desires to fulfill right now. The uncertainty of “being your own boss” is intimidating. Unfortunately, a great chunk of people are still content with working for someone else, making someone else’s dream come true.

Secondly, our education system promotes the old standard. It focuses on technical work and breeds factory thinking. It lacks flexibility in interest and suffocates imagination. It’s all too practical.

The education system pounds in the process of standardized work all the way up to adulthood. Then, we tell young adults to go to college.

“There, you can pursue something you really want!”

It’s no wonder so many are bound to a job. We’re accustom to following orders of someone else.

Moving forward

Traditions of an outdated system do not dictate anyone’s future. You do; we individually decide. In 2017, the truth of the matter is, you can succeed in a hundred different ways. We have access to tools and knowledge that enable us to create a path on our own.

As more and more shift to new forms of work, our systems will eventually adapt and the nation’s mindset will prosper.

How great it will be to have an abundance of people who love the work they pursue; imagine a creative, powerful, happier world.

I hope you enjoyed these words. Thanks for reading.

- AZ

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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