A couple of Sundays ago I was having dinner in a restaurant with my girlfriend. We were having a good time, and the at one point she said: “Hmm… such a nice weekend. Too bad tomorrow is already Monday.”
That sentence made me stop and think. Why? Because I felt the exact opposite. I was thinking to myself “Man, this weekend was cool, but I am dying to wake up tomorrow and get on with my online projects!”
Then I thought about most of my friends and acquaintances. Most of them work 9 to 5 jobs, and they behave just like my girlfriend was. During the week, they are always complaining about how days take too long to go by, how they are dying to get to 5 pm on Friday, and so on. Then, on Sundays, they are always mourning about the fact that on the next day they will be back to work.
The difference between me and my friends is a pretty clear one. I love what I do. They don’t. I work under my own rules. They work according someone else’s rules. I work when I want to. They work when they have to.
Now, I am not writing this post to brag. When I graduated in 2005 I also went to work for a company, where I needed to clock in at 9 am, do what people told me to do during the day, and then clock out at around 5pm.
It was pretty boring. At times I tried to change things and implement some new ideas, but I always hit the bureaucracy and the hierarchy walls with my head.
Back then I was not enthusiastic about Mondays either.
Instead of coping with all that bullshit, however, I said “Screw that!”
Before one year had elapsed I gave in my resignation letter.
I explained to people that I was quitting to pursue entrepreneurial projects on the Internet. Most of them thought that I was crazy.
My job was a pretty good one for someone who had just graduated. I was working at the global headquarters of my company after all, on the same floor as the president.
My friends urged me to reconsider. My boss told me that it would be better for me to stay with the company for some 5 or 10 years, gain some experience, and then pursue my own projects if I still wanted.
I had already decided though, and I would follow my gut even if it led me to a dead end.
Looking back, it was the best decision I ever made.
And that is why I am writing this post; to try to shake you a bit, and remind you that you should not settle and cope with the bullshit you see happening around you. You should not work on someone else’s terms.
Finding something that you love to do, and having the cojones to pursue it, regardless of what other people will say about it, is one of the toughest things in life.
But it is also one of the most rewarding.
Don’t settle until you find yourself on a Sunday thinking: “Man, I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow!”