I went by the house one night. It was late. It was dark. But I didn’t mind.
Something had angered me. I’m not sure what.
All I know is that I needed some space so I went home, where even though there was no power and no food, I would have privacy and time to think; time to reflect.
When I woke up the following morning, I felt renewed and refreshed. I had gotten a full night’s sleep in my own bed, in my own room with no noise, no disturbing lights (heck, no lights at all) and it felt great.
There was no fan. It was hot but it was bearable. I managed.
Then it hit me. I can live here. I can move back here. How many years have humans been surviving without electric power and running water? Why on earth do we consider these things to be necessary to survival?
How lazy had we become?
It was particularly interesting because I had just seen an article entitled:
You Work for other people because you are lazy. The end.
I would have been offended by this a few months ago but I could certainly see the writer’s point.
There are so many things that as humans we used to do for ourselves, which have now been automated and offered to us for a price in the name of making life easier.
I once thought I couldn’t live without a steady income from the family business. Well. Look at me, all living and sh*t!
The Wild Boar
There was a time when we used to have to fight, life or death for dinner – every single day.
It was a daily war between man and wild boar.
If you lost that war it meant, not just hunger for your family but quite possibly, death.
Entrepreneurship is a lot like that. You have to go out and hunt for your clients every single day. You research new leads and dream up new markets. You are constantly inspired by everything around you to come up with new ways to bring in more income.
In a job you simply craft a begging speech for a raise pay. Which, by the way, may very well get shot down.
Entrepreneurship requires guts and real work – hard work.
To the winner goes the spoils.
What you win, you eat. What you win is solely yours, not some faceless corporations who then decides to chuck 10% at you (average sales commission). What you earn you keep and this keeps you eager to earn more.
You never get a chance to become lazy.
When you follow instructions for a salary :
- You lose your desire to hunt; to catch.
- You lose the pride of holding up the catch you know will feed your family.
- You become dependent on another human being to cast scraps at you in exchange for squished creativity and initiative, self expression.
- You are no longer required to think.
At the apartment, there was no water in the pipe (At first I thought this was gone too. It wasn’t). I caught water in a bucket from an outside pipe and cleaned my house. I set the phone to charge in the car and washed some clothes, made some tea and relaxed in my clean apartment.
I spent a wonderful day at a home I had fled simply because my light was disconnected. I also got inspiration to write this article and came up with a few new leads for my EBook: Repainting the Wheel – Infusing your brain with the wild idea of success in a way that leaves no room for any other possible outcome.
I realized I had simply become lazy and made preparations to move back the following week.