In today’s world, the word ‘career’ generally is taken to imply the principal type of remunerative work we perform throughout our adult lives. When considering the broader course of human history, the very idea of a career has only surfaced in recent centuries; a curiosity, or aberration if you will, that only reared its head since the founding of major corporations.
With the continual development of telecommunications and resulting decentralization of workforces, who know how long it will continue to exist. If you are honest with yourself, you will see that all ‘career’ ultimately describes is our progression through a list of skills and opportunities someone else has made available to us, where someone else is telling us where we fit in, and what our value is.
It has always perked my curiosity and interest that the word ‘care’ is ensconced within the term career. It seems to imply that these major corporations have taken it upon themselves to care for us throughout our professional lives. They essentially offer to be our babysitters, preventing us from making important decisions or progressing much and determining our own value. It gets at their unwillingness to let us take command of our own development and measure our very own worth. Hence, ‘careers’ enter the picture to help us find our way, only allowing us to proceed when we are deemed to be worthwhile (and only if they’ve got the money to afford it and someone to step in for the position we’ve held up till now).
In light of all this, it is really not that surprising to hear so many people complain about their jobs (or careers). It’s an endless process of hard work that is all shaped and determined by another person higher up, based on their criteria and principles…all of it aimed at securing their future rather than one’s own. Yet despite all that all of us continue using the word ‘career’ as though it represented the pinnacle of human achievement.
I remember back to when I was a child: being babysat on the evenings when my parents would go out was never my favorite moment; what really got me going was getting to go outside to play with friends and siblings. What changes so drastically for that no longer to be the case as adults? At what point do we resign ourselves to letting someone else determine our value and degree of success? Why do we choose to yield the driver’s wheel to another? What on earth convinces us that having a ‘career’ is so incredibly important?
Now, if you bringing up the idea of ‘making a living’ well then you are finally speaking a language I can understand and appreciate. In case it slipped by you, the attention here is solely on the idea of life itself. It is a small detail that career-lusters tend to lose by the wayside. We were put on this planet to live our lives, not to be babysat; we need to live life at our very own rate, falling and getting back up on our own. The idea of letting another person set our value in this world rather than doing it ourselves does not form a part of this picture. All that is the basis of the idea of making a living: it’s about making life itself worthwhile.
Which is why I have found the idea of working in internet marketing so appealing over time: though you surely need to learn a lot and acquire skills you lacked previously so as to be able to write successful, money-earning sites that are SEO-savvy, that’s not that hard and can really be done by anyone.
No, the real thing I love about this line of work is the fact that in order to make it big you have to find what it is you are really passionate about. The reason here is simple to understand. Whatever subject you are passionate about has, to a certain measure, a language of its own; only those who really are passionate about the matter will be able to comprehend that language. By doing so, you are opening the door to being able to sell yourself to others in the same niche for the true value which you possess. Love it or leave it, but that is the way of the web.
All of which is what makes this industry so wonderful: success can only be found after one finds a passion. And it is in that sense that I consider myself to be somebody making a living, not pursuing a career. My work is my passion–even including writing this article. I no longer have the early morning blues, that contempt for having to get up in the morning to go into the office, instead I leap from the bed with energy for the new day. No more of the worrying about ‘making it’ in the typical rat race. I measure my own success based on my own creations, how they enable me to support myself, and the lifestyle (rich in family time) I get to live.
That is the beauty of internet marketing. That is why I’ll never do anything else
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