We humans have existed on this planet for 2.5 to 3.5 million years in some form or another, maybe the last 200,000 years as homo sapiens. For all but around 50 years of that time, starting around World War II, human beings were responsible for taking care of themselves. For that short period between WWII and let’s call it sometime towards the end of the last Century, there was a contract between human beings and employers. That contract was that you would turn over 47 years of your life (from 18 to 65), and you would be provided with health insurance, a living wage, and a pension for life.
But that contract has now been broken. Your company can’t take care of you. Your government can’t take care of you either. We’ve returned to the state in which nature found us.
Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
Make no mistake, you are an owner. You’ve been given 80 years or so to do what you will on this little spinning rock circling this magnificent star. At the end of that time, you are given an eviction notice of sorts and the ride ends.
You own the time that you have here. You are the single most valuable and value-producing asset you will ever own. You are born100% vested and you own that asset free and clear of any obligation to another. Hot damn!
You own the story that you write while you are here.
You own your energy–and what you decided to invest that energy in producing. Even if you loan your time and your energy to a company, you still own it; you get decide who and what is worthy of your labor.
If all of this isn’t as frightening as all Hell, then you aren’t paying attention. But if it doesn’t inspire you to write your story, to live your dream, and to own your time here, you misunderstand the opportunity ownership provides: a life of your design, a business of your making, and an opportunity to make a greater difference.
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