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Reduced creativity

Take a good look around your office. Now take another. Whether you are sitting in a colorless cubicle or in the corner office with a view, the office is a dreary place to express yourself. The design of the office is indicative of the way people view office work – keep your mouth shut and do what you’re told. Is that really how you want to live your life?

Better however is being in control of your life and being able to explore your passions each day. If you care about it, there are at least a dozen, perhaps even a few million people who feel the exact same way and may even want to pay you for whatever it is. Go against the grain, think outside the box, and I assure you that you’ll be pleased with the results.

An inbred social circle

One of the primary reasons many people get a job (and stay at the job) is because of the people they work with. People in a specific career tend to be generally interested in the same things and tend to have similar interests. What’s the problem then?

While you may think that heading out to the office is a social behavior, the truth is that you are spending the majority of your time with a select group of people day after day. While these people may be great to work with, you don’t learn how to get out into the world and meet and experience a wide variety of people.

Being in control of your own work schedule and locale offers you many benefits in this arena. Even going to a coffee shop for a few hours you are likely to bump into more people than you normally speak with in a given day at the office. Plus, you’re not going to feel obligated to stay within the realm of what is “office appropriate” either.

A domesticated perspective on life

One of the most detrimental effects of a job is the toll it takes on your outlook on life. After years of being told what to do and working up the ranks as everybody else’s workhorse, ¬†you start to wholeheartedly¬†believe that this is your calling in life. Spending days, months, years in the office becomes a purpose, and you simply miss out on what it means to really live.

I would encourage you to step outside the boundaries of what you feel life is calling you towards. Don’t just “get by” and work at something you hate to make a paycheck. Money will come when you are applying your passions to what you do for a living, and you’ll be a better person as a result. You really can have it all, it just takes a little faith in yourself.

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