The average Life Expectancy in North America is approximately 80 years; it varies depending on the country you live in.
I want to illustrate to you why a job that you detest is a consuming your life and preparing your children to “follow in your footsteps”.
From birth to 18 — is our childhood and teenage years, and we have a lot of fun in those “carefree” years. We witness our parents struggle to pay the bills, struggle to balance time between work and family and this becomes “normal”. We get asked by everyone, “what we want to be when we grow up?” At the same time, we are being educated to become “good employees”. We are told things like get good grades, so you can get into a good university, so you can get a good job.
From 18–25, we attend post-secondary education and most of us usually get a Full-time job right around the age of 25. During those post-secondary years, most of us are focusing on some specialized area that coincides with “what we want to be when we grow up.”
Now, most people will retire between 60–65, if they plan well and their investments have trended well through the years. If the average person is lucky, they will live to 80 years old. (Some live longer, some live shorter — this is just average we are talking about).
If you look at the gap between 25–65, the majority of our adult lives will actually be spent at work, building somebody else’s dream/business/empire. Interestingly enough, a Gallup poll from June 13, 2017 found that 85% of Full-time workers in the world (and 70% in America) are not engaged in their work and do NOT enjoy their jobs.
I was very surprised by that statistic — but then I started thinking about it. A lot of people detest their job but spend most of their adult lives doing it; hampered down by bills, saving for retirement, and worried about making a change because of what others will think. Now I ask you — do you really want to spend the majority of your adult life doing something that you detest?
Here is a somber statistic for you…while you are struggling through your days to retirement age, only 80% of people in the world will actually live to the age of 65. The other 20% didn’t even get a chance to enjoy the fruits of their struggles; and, for those of you that make it to 65, only 7 out of 10 of you will make it 80 — the average life expectancy.
Now that we have that covered…..A 2020 TD Ameritrade report shows that only 66% of 40 somethings have more than $100,000 saved for retirement and only 28% of people in their 60’s has more than $50,000 saved for retirement. Also, 66% of Millennials’ don’t feel like they are on track when it comes to saving for retirement.
So, don’t stay at a job where you dread getting up every morning to the alarm clock and wish that every day was Saturday. If you don’t like your job, make a plan to depart from it and find another way to make a living.
I know that statement is going to make most of you very uneasy, but at the end of your short life, (let’s face it — 80 years is not that long), when you are looking back, what do you think you will regret most? The number one thing people regret is not spending the time doing what mattered with people that mattered. When people are looking back on their life — they are not wishing that they had spent more time at work. It’s okay to become the person that you’ve always wanted to be and spend your time the way you want to, with who you want to.
I just want to touch on one last thing — children are very impressionable. Our intentions are good when we tell our kids to do well in school, to get a good job. But wait — earlier in this article, we discovered the astronomical percentage of people not engaged in their work.
Now, do you really want your children to grow up to be just like you? And work a job that they detest, just like you? Well, if we lead by example, guess what they will do when they get older — that’s right — the same thing.
Do you want that life for them?
Of course, you don’t — you would rather have your children live a fulfilled life, doing what they love, with who they love, and setting the example for their children.
If your children are already adults — help give them the courage to make the change they are dreaming about and set the stage for the next generation.
With the utmost respect, I challenge you to rethink your life. Start planning NOW for a life filled with more contentment and purpose. Do not fear being judged by other people — most of them are struggling with exactly the same things you are. You will probably inspire them to have the courage to make the changes they desire to make.
Don’t look back at the end of your life and see your unfulfilled dreams or the chances that you didn’t take. Don’t be so busy making a living at a job you don’t like, that you don’t make the life you want to live — life is too short. Do something that you love. Spend your time with the people you love and be proud of it.
You weren’t born to just pay the bills and live an unfulfilled life.
Time is your most precious commodity;
You can’t buy, inherit, or trade something to get more of it — so don’t waste another minute of it.
Give yourself the opportunity to spend your time doing what you love and with who you love.
Give yourself the opportunity to live the lifestyle that you want and leave a legacy for your family.
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