Waking up is daunting. The possibility of wasting 24 hours weighs pretty heavily. As a self-employed designer and writer, the reality is that the productivity of my day falls back on nobody but myself.
Though, likely, even if you work for someone else, your productivity doesn’t fall to anybody but you either. Few people have been fired because their boss didn’t do their job¹, but quite a few have been let go because they don’t get their own job done.
Regardless, whether it’s layoffs, cutbacks, or of your own doing, the way we work is changing as more and more people find themselves self-employed. Some people like to call this “The Recession.” They use big, scary words like “unemployment,” and “no jobs,” and “jobs,” and “Barack Obama,” and “the world is ending,” and “no,” to describe the way that you should be feeling. And it’s likely you do feel that way. Sometimes for good reason.
But I’m convinced that The Recession that we’ve found ourselves in is actually a good thing. And that it had far less to do with The Big Bad Banks and The Fed than it did with the fact that the landscape for jobs is different than it used to be.
Sure. They played their part. But combine a bad economy with the Internet and social tools like Twitter, Facebook, and Craigslist and you don’t have an excuse not to work anymore.
Get laid off from your design job? Awesome: Get to work.
Get laid off from your plumbing job? Awesome: Get to work.
Get laid off from your writing job? Awesome: Get to work.
Gone are the industrial days of sitting around, hoping that someone will like you enough to pat you on the back, hand you a wrench, give you orders and send you to work. We’re back to the real good ol’ days, my friends. We have to work. We have to apply ourselves because there’s no one else that is going to make our money for us.
Don’t believe me? Try this: Open your eyes tomorrow morning, and stare. Don’t move. Just stare at the ceiling, and hope that someone will come pull you out of bed, get you dressed, brush your teeth, and push you out the door.
It won’t happen.
The reality is that getting out of bed, and getting a job are extremely similar these days. They both fall back to you. And wasting your time not working is just as lame as not getting out of bed.
This Recession has a silver lining, folks. It’s you. It’s your potential.
You just need to work for it.
¹ I say “few” because it’s likely that some of you have been fired because your douchebag boss didn’t do their job, and liked to shuffle blame.