‘Wait…what? You mean I can make six trillion dollars a day by flicking people’s eyelids? Where do I sign up?’
I think that it’s safe to say that, at the time of writing, the current global situation is pretty unprecedented. Whether or not the world will ever go back to how it was, at least fully, nobody can really say with any certainty.
It is also safe to say that as a result of the current pandemic, there has been a shift in mindset, at least there has been here in the UK. Maybe it’s because we have one of the largest death rates per population in the world (at least according to the official figures), or because the British way of life is often looked at with confusion and ridicule by the rest of the world. Anyway, apart from the standard ‘we’re in the midst of the global pandemic and you’re seriously perturbed by the way I pronounce my a’s?’ retorts, people have become much less work orientated. I don’t mean that people have less of a work ethic, I mean that people are tending to give work much less value and control over their lives. Mostly, I think this is probably because they have been furloughed or told to work from home, and so are forced to actually talk to those humans occasionally seen around the house. Who are they again?
But, I digress. The point is that this shift in mindset has lead to a lot of ‘get rich quick’ schemes. Although they tend to be all over the place anyway, at the present moment they seem to be more commonplace. People want to quit their job so they can spend more time doing whatever they want to do. The motivation for this post came from the apparent increase in the number of ‘Quit your job, follow your passion!’ ads I am seeing. Whether it’s because I’ve started writing a blog, or because I’ve become interested in algorithmic stock trading, I’m not sure. But, credit where credit is due, the ideas expressed in these ads seem lucrative, albeit unoriginal (and many of them probably don’t actually tell you what their ‘groundbreaking’ scheme is until you give them money).
But, I’m Not That Kind of Person
Now, I’m not going to sit here and dismantle the whole idea of ‘quit your job, follow your passion’, I’ve seen it done time and time again. But what I will say is that the whole proposition is predicated on the idea that you actually have a passion to follow in the first place.
Yes, it would be great if I set up a completely autonomous online business that force feeds cats for profit, but I don’t want to. It would be lovely to follow this ‘American dream’ idea of monetising my passions, but I don’t really have any passions. Sure, there are definitely things that interest me. I’m not saying that I’m a boring old sod that wants to stare at ceiling fans all day (ok maybe a little). But, if I was to acquire a stupid amount of money, right now, I would retire and live in a perpetual state of holiday (And yes, I realise that it is even possible to monetise that if you’re lucky). However, realistically speaking, that isn’t going to happen.
So, I guess my point is that it’s ok to not have a passion. It’s ok to not know what you want to do with your life. I mean, I’m currently ploughing on with my career at a hundred miles per hour and I still haven’t really decided what I want to do with my life. It doesn’t mean that I’m not content. We humans are complex beings, we can’t be expected to have every last detail of our lives planned out.
So, for now, I am perfectly happy chuntering along in my career as a software engineer, telling people I have a passion for all things coding, when really the only reason most people ever claim that they have a passion for something is because it earns them money. I mean, why do job adverts rarely include the salary? That’s the most important bit right?
Well, maybe you think differently, and I, as usual, am being too cynical. Maybe you believe that one day we will live in a moneyless society and work only for personal satisfaction. Who knows? Predicting the future has only ever gone well after all.
As always, and until next time, I thank you for the read.