A Washington Post article tells the story of countless professionals dragging themselves into a relentlessly boring office every morning to face another day of being paid handsomely (often with taxpayer money, but that's another story) to do nothing. Instead of challenging their minds, implementing new policies and executing corporate goals, they are asked to do nothing.
This apparently leaves them with little alternative but to meet up with friends for an afternoon watching the latest box office smash. It's frustrating to think that our hard earned tax dollars are paying people to twiddle their thumbs all day. Why are they there if they are so miserable?
Why Are People So Bored?
According to the article, 55% of the American workforce is bored stiff at work. They are unchallenged and have nothing to do at the office. Sound familiar? I used to be there, and so did hundreds of others. I think the answer is fear. Fear of stepping out into the unknown. Fear of tapping into the depths of their incredible under-mined potential. Fear of becoming successful at something that would catapult them beyond anything they could ever ask or imagine. So what's the answer for these legions of bored, listless and tired masses? Make some perfume! Bake a cake! Take a beading class! Learn the art of massage! Get up and challenge yourself!
Make Something Happen!
Don't wait for society to give you a challenge. Go out and make one on your own. What do you have to lose? Is a pay check worth giving up your God-given talents and gifts and living a flat, dull and boring life? I think not! Sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, photography, cooking, matchmaking and of course soap making. I personally know people who have started businesses from these hobbies. I am one of them!
Do something to challenge your mind instead of wasting days in the clutches of mind numbing flatness. Get up and challenge yourself to learn something new. You might find that you'll discover so much more than a hobby. You could discover your ability to launch your own business!
Question: How are you challenging yourself, expanding your horizons, stretching your apparent limits, maybe even launching a business of your own?
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