Do your homework or you can’t go out an play.
We hated hearing those words as kids. Homework was a chore. Something most of us dreaded, like going to the dentist or going shopping for clothes. It wasn’t fun at all. Why? Because to us it wasn’t our homework. It was someone else’s. It was a mandate that came from our teachers. As humans, we are hard-wired to distain doing someone else’s homework.
In a recent study, 71% polled admitted to not liking their job. Why? They didn’t like their job because they were doing someone else’s homework. They were working on someone else’s goals and life dream. In the adult world it’s not a teacher but some boss who is giving us homework to do.
When we pursue our own goals and dreams the work we do becomes our homework. Our perception changes. The work ceases to be a chore and we are infused with passion. We can work 14 hour days when we’re working for ourselves; when we’re doing our own homework. And that is the key to success in life. Is it any wonder that the vast majority of the self-made millionaires in the world are business owners? When we are working on our goals and our dreams, its not a chore. It becomes our life’s purpose.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patanjali