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A Dream-Like Dream? The Real Difference Between A Passion And A Paycheck

I don’t know about you, but I feel like, at least when it comes to our generation, the words “career” and “job” come with such average-feeling and almost negative connotations. I feel like, we as a generation, Generation-Y, are floating further and further away from the “American dream” only to end up chained to a dream-like dream. What happened?

Do you remember the dream? You start working young, with an ambition that has no limits, climbing up the ladder of success, aiming for the dream. The president. A serial-entrepreneur. An astronaut. Those were dreams. Dreams that would secure a glorified future. Our generation isn’t having any of that anymore.

And let’s be honest, it’s not like you’re struggling to survive. We have it good, the majority of us would consider ourselves privileged. Now I’m not saying that your dad is featured on the Forbes 500, but you’re healthy, educated and get a goodnight sleep every night. In fact some of us are so privileged we don’t even understand the idea of “struggling to survive”. Wrap it around your head that there are some unbelievably troubled regions – and you could have been born somewhere else besides that cosy hospital in Manhattan. Genocides. Occupation. Starvation. It’s real.

In fact, our generation must be the laziest and most narcissistic group of people in the history of mankind. Think I’m lying? Just compare our definition of “hard work” with our parents. Our parents worked their asses off, striving for the American Dream, so that we could have it much better – and they succeeded! And in that respect, a lot of us don’t have to work die-hard, boring and draining jobs that our parents already endured.

You see, this generation is probably the first one who are able to follow and live their dreams. No matter how crazy, ridiculous or impossible it may seem to be – it’s possible! “But the economy is so messed up.” Kill yourself.

Wether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

Thousands of Gen-Yers, just like you and me, have been able to pursue and live their dreams just because they told themselves that they could. Simple. People who have had that killer mindset, believe that everything is possible – they just have to put their minds into it. Unfortunately though, most of us are still chained to an average mentality, working their corporate 9-to-5 routine because “they can’t”, “aren’t qualified” or “don’t have the time” to pursue higher ambitions.

Life is short, wether we realize it or not, life is freaking short! We finish high school, graduate from a “higher learning institution”, stick to a job for 30 years only to end up retiring with a shitty “retirement fund” – and that’s it. Now of course you can sit there and cherish your high-school memories and those crazy saturday nights you used to have with your boys – but what good has that done to you? How has that benefited you in anyway? How has that enhanced your life for the better? I know it’s difficult to understand this since we are stuck in the middle of it, not getting a perspective of the whole scope of things.

Build your own dreams or someone will hire you to build theirs

As you have probably already figured out – I hate the corporate system. Not because it chains you behind a life-sucking desk that does absolutely nothing to enhance your life, but because it kills, filters and destroys every creative, ambitious and passionate dream you have ever had. You get used to that “security” of getting an average pay-check to fulfill your average life. You get used to that safety-net that’s been under you for so long, that you don’t dare to take it off and leap for something greater than a monthly 3 grands.

Every morning I remind myself that it’s smarter to live today for tomorrow because tomorrow will soon be my present moment. For this very reason, I always work for a better tomorrow. Now I’m not saying that you should work for a better tomorrow until there is no tomorrow, no. All I’m saying is that you should prioritize and direct your talent, energy and ambitions towards bettering yourself – not some prick on the 59th floor. Live a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

Let me tell you something; the absolute biggest and maybe even only difference between a career and a job is that a job is what you do to make money, while a career is what you do to live – working towards your own goals and dreams – pursuing a purpose.

Just because you’re alive doesn’t mean you’re living. A job, a paycheck is only good when you really have no idea what you want to do with your life or when you’re too scared to take on that idea you once discussed at the dinner table. A job is voluntary torture traded for a piece of paper that only satisfies your monthly average needs to make it through the next 30 days.

A career on the other hand is a life, a venture – something exciting! It’s something you can work towards for a reason, a purpose through creation, innovation and belief – all made by you, for you. In fact, this may be overdoing it a little, but having a career, being an entrepreneur is probably the closest thing you’ll ever come to being a god. God creates doesn’t he? We don’t work to fulfill someone else’s life, it’s not like we were born to fuel ourselves with shitty corporate coffee in order to last longer in front of a screen or a pile of papers. We were born for greatness, for the ultimate fulfillment – the only pure and logical reason for living.

Picture Credit: Wolf Of Wall St