Do you feel passion around your daily routine or do you often feel completely unmotivated to even get out of bed in the morning? Are you frustrated, stressed and feeling that your life resembles a hamster on a tread-wheel – unproductive and going nowhere?
According to the 2013 Gallop poll, as quoted in the Washington Post, only 13% of people worldwide actually like going to work. (Click here if you want to read the article.) The other 87% of humans are not engaged or are truly unhappy in their work. That figure is astounding, but not entirely shocking to me.
I just had lunch with a friend today who told me that she is struggling because she doesn’t care at all about the company she works for. She doesn’t believe in their mission or respect their leaders. She was hired to lead a division of this company, and she had passion for it when she started. But over time, the fact that she doesn’t share this company’s vision has eroded her passion and energy for the job. She is getting paid well and her family needs the income, but she is struggling internally because she just doesn’t even care anymore.
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
(Henry David Thoreau, Walden)
My friend, and so many other people, are proof that Thorough was right. They are living in quiet pain, anguish and frustration because they don’t have a purpose or passion to fight for anymore. They have resigned to living a safe yet miserable life.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish”
(Proverbs 29:18, KJV)
People are afraid to take risks because they fear the chance of a negative outcome. But, logically, to live a safe yet miserable life is guaranteed to have a negative outcome. What is the point in living if you are miserable?
Our society frowns on taking risks. We easily develop ruts and norms that quickly become habits that we are hesitant to question. But is that good? Which is better – safe, boring, predictable (and probably miserable) or risky, passionate and exciting?
I don’t really have a clear answer and I don’t think the answer is the same for everyone. I have just been thinking since my talk with my friend and wondering where the line is – how much risk should people take?
How much risk should I take to follow my dreams? Would we be more successful if we weren’t so afraid of failure?
What do you think? Do you have any advice or experience to share? Let’s start a discussion that can help us all follow our dreams and become all that God has made us to be!