I get it.
You’re in a cubicle and you’re scared.
I’ve been there many times.
Like millions of smart people out there, you got a good education and a decent college degree with the promise of a brighter future, a future built on the true American dream… of wealth, of prosperity and above all else, of happiness.
But instead they gave you a cubicle. A freakin cubicle.
And the more you get promoted, the more it seems like you have to work.
There just aren’t enough hours in the day to enjoy life.
You spend your days doing meaningless work that doesn’t contribute in any way that matters. And on most days it feels like this will be your life for the rest of your life. It seems like there is no way out... that there’s no other way.
It’s a scary thought.
Because deep down inside you have a burning desire to create.
You’d rather be spending your time with your family, playing with your kids, or doing work that you absolutely love to do. The type of work that gets you excited to wake up in the morning... work that you could do for hours on end.
To build businesses and create things so that you can feel free.
To express yourself.
To make that short film you’ve always wanted to make.
To write that song you’ve always wanted to write.
To start a Youtube channel and speak to millions of people around the world.
To be the person you were truly meant to be.
Afterall, this is what really makes us human.
But instead, you wake up every morning and dread going to work.
THERE’S A WAY OUT
You see, if you dread going to work every morning then clearly it’s a sign that you should be doing something else. Every rule on this planet was created by man. And man is greedy. And man likes money. And man likes to take advantage of people and fool them into thinking that there's no other way.
But let me tell you this, dear stranger.
There is another way.
There is a way out.
Because if I (someone who is far from the smartest person in the room) could do it, then you can too. We are living in absolutely incredible times, and there are now more opportunities for greatness than there ever was in the history of the world.
Sure enough, it’s not easy.
It will take a lot of hard work, a lot of grit and a lot of new learning.
But more than anything, it is possible.
And anything that is possible, starts with one simple phrase...
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Here’s a fun fact.
Did you know that when Sylvester Stallone was trying to become an actor, he literally knocked on the door of every single talent agency in New York, twice?
Often times he would even sleep outside their office just get a meeting.
And they all refused him.
But he kept on going, and kept on pushing, and kept on changing his approach.
And the only thing that could get him through all of this, was his undeniable and deeply commendable belief that he was meant for great things. His belief in himself is the only thing that kept him going after every single rejection.
How do we compare to this?
How often do we keep pushing when we get rejected?
For most people, it’s not much.
So if you’re in a cubicle and you’re scared, the first thing you need to do in order to break free from the chains of corporate slavery is to believe in yourself.
Believe in yourself when you’re feeling down.
Believe in yourself when you’re feeling high.
Believe in yourself when things aren’t going the way you want them to.
And believe in yourself when things are going exactly the way you want them.
Always. Believe. In. Yourself.
That’s the very first step you need to take.
GET RID OF THE EXCUSES
‘I’m not an internet geek, I just can’t make it in the modern world…’
‘I’ve never taken a business course, how can I even start a business?’
‘I’m too fat to be taken seriously with my art…’
‘I’m too ugly…’
‘too (insert every insecurity you can come up with).’
Get rid of the lame excuses please, will you?
Write down a list of every excuse you have, cross out the negative word and replace it with a positive one. So if you were to write ‘I’m too old to make it’, cross it out and replace it with ‘I’m much older, and this is awesome. It means that I am more experienced, more of an expert. The kids have nothing on me.’.
Stop being way too hard on yourself.
No one gives a damn about your excuses.
If you’re good enough and can master your craft or build something worth caring about, then you’ll find your success - no matter how old you are, your religion, the colour of your skin, the country you're from… or anything else.
FEED YOUR MIND
I have some good news for you.
Education is awesome, and it comes at a very small price.
Books will save you.
Really, they will.
Everything you have ever wanted to do has already been done and written down in a book. Do you know how incredible that is? Learning is a lifelong journey, and most of the greats are known to spend hours a day reading.
Knowledge will lift you up and out of your cubicle faster than you could imagine, and all of the ideas you get from reading will be worth their weight in pure gold.
Turn off the TV.
Delete your Facebook account.
And start reading some books.
GIVE UP ON IDEAS
Ideas will be the death of you.
Why, you ask?
Because ideas are completely worthless.
Stranger, how often have you come up with a multi-million dollar idea?
Probably every day.
And how many times have you executed on that idea?
My point exactly.
You see, when it comes to escaping your cubicle - the only thing that matters is taking massive action. Forget about everything else and just start working. Have fun with it, enjoy the process… but make sure that you put in the work.
Anyone who works hard at something will suck at it at first.
But day after day after day they will slowly get better.
Until one day you’ll find yourself getting emails from people you’ve never met who want you to do the same thing for them. They would be willing to actually pay you to do it. Whatever this thing might be. It really doesn’t matter. Never try to pursue the idea that will make you the most money, because the truth is that there is a lot of money in every industry. Being the best is what matters.
For the sake of all things holy.
Just put in the work. Be consistent with your project / business / art and show up every single day, and care about what you do and keep putting in the work.
Ideas never mattered.
The work behind them is what does.
No one likes people who are proud and arrogant.
Everyone likes nice people.
Sure there will be times when you need to be strict and make tough decisions, but always be nice. With your customers, your fans, your employees, your family… the neighbours… be nice and you’ll find more opportunities coming your way. More people will want to work with you and support you.
My former boss, the CEO of People Per Hour (yes, I’m calling him out) was a big fat meanie. He would insult the people who were dedicating their lives to his company in evil ways… he would lie, deceive and even not pay us for our work.
And guess what happened?
Everyone at the company hated him.
We would talk about how much of a douche bag he was behind his back, and when things got tough - I don’t think that anyone would have his back. We were all there for a pay check. In our cubicles, doing mundane work that didn’t matter.
For a company run by a donkey.
You don’t want to be in that position.
Reputation is everything.
You want people to say good things about you.
You want your team to be proud to call you a boss.
To call you a true leader.
You want the world to cry when you’ve passed, because you’ve left it better.
You want the world to have your back when things go wrong.
And that will only happen if you are nice.
SO WHAT NOW?
This is all I have for you today.
I truly, sincerely believe that you can do this.
You no longer have to be in a cubicle.
You no longer have to be scared.
You can be liberated and live a free range life if you want to.
Take it one step at a time, dear stranger.
Big changes don’t happen overnight.
One tiny step at a time.
Eat the elephant one bite at a time. Try to eat the whole thing and you’ll choke.
One bite at a time.
Find an extra hour or two to work a day.
Read ten minutes of a book a day.
Build better habits.
And one day.
Maybe one day, you’ll find what we are all looking for.
Wealth. Prosperity. And above all else. Happiness.