Another fantastic morning at the office; the walls of the cubicle are grey and what is even better is that under the blinking fluorescent light another incomplete document is laying on my desk with an unrealistic project deadline. If it wasn’t enough, there is also a totally irrelevant meeting with the glorious management and the supervisors who have the habit of assigning tasks that don’t make any sense. Is all this supposed to be an attempt to motivate me to work faster? I guess it is a lousy attempt at best.
But there is some good news today; the director has announced a new position opportunity and a fair process for those interested. Nobody believes him except the new guy because we all know better; the rumor has it that he met that dude at his taekwondo class last week. I think we have a winner! He will surely be the happy owner of that new position and become another noteworthy manager.
Same old, same old; just another day at the office, a day where the weal of mediocrity succeeds again and again. Slowly but surely, I feel like my soul is dying on the inside like with lions and bears captured in the wild, and then kept in captivity.
Most of us have started our journey with great ambitions as kids, because we had great creativity and vision about our future career, business opportunities and lifestyle.
- I want to become a scientist and make new discoveries.
- I want to pilot a jet fighter to defend my country.
- I want to run my own business and become filthy rich.
- I want to play music and tour around the world.
But at the edge of independence, our life becomes more difficult in and around of our early 20s. Therefore, most of us tend to settle down for a permanent job, to work for someone else. We often choose to believe in the illusion that our employers care for our future, which only serves to blind us from the cold truth that, in fact, everybody works for themselves, to better serve their own self-interests. Those employers are only using us as tools to reach their own egocentric objectives; we are only pawns in their game, and we are using our time and energy fighting their battles instead of concentrating on winning ours.
With time, we slowly lose confidence in our own ideas by gradually questioning who we are. We also start accepting guidance from the mass media and their so-called “specialists” thus being gradually assimilated by social trends. We slowly start losing our sovereignty and everything that makes us unique, creative and powerful.
Dependence is what drains your power
If someone promises to help you simply because he’s a nice person, just by genuine friendliness, you are most likely being hypnotized, and sooner or later, you are destined to be disappointed upon discovering what is really going on.
When someone gives you a favor, it’s always like a contract with a hidden payback clause written in fine print at the end of page 942. Now you owe them!
“Did you ever see that ‘Twilight Zone’ where the guy signed a contract and they cut out his tongue and put it in a jar and it wouldn’t die, it just grew and pulsated and gave birth to baby tongues? Pretty cool, huh? – Garth Algar:”
When you work for someone else, he owns your work, he owns your ideas, he owns your time, he owns you.
In this world, either you are running your own game or play in someone else’s game. When you play in someone else’s game, not only you don’t have any real control over your life, but you are dependent on that other person’s game. He has the power and you don’t.
This affects who you are and who you will become. Every aspect of our lives is either the product of our own creation or the consequence of someone else’s game.
It goes the same way with thinking patterns, habits, situations, or substances for that matter that create dependence. These are the are things that pull power and control away from you.
One of your goals in everything you do in life should be to find a way to get rid of external dependency in order to run your own agenda. Stay free from as many of these debts and obligations as possible, and stop expecting things from others by starting to take what you want by yourself.
Being sovereign is a mindset; what you are thinking, what you are planning, what you are designing, and what you create must come from the inside. True authentic independence comes from within. Your mind must be free to operate without those invisible strings that tie it to other people’s game.
Don’t be dependent on social trends, and do not rely on how other people define the notion of how things work. Social mechanisms and rules are part of other people’s schemes. When they kindly give you options by pure generosity, that’s how they control your choices.
You have the responsibility to create your own reality; to make your own options for yourself from within.
Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without. – The Merovingian
The chain of command in your game should be God, and then you. And please, don’t foolishly mistake any religious organization for God here …
Once you have achieved real inner independence, your true self can develop freely. The next step is to take control of your actions.
You must take credit for your work and for what you create in life.
You must run your own game, be the one who moves the figures on the board.
That is how you create supreme and unrestricted power!
Take back your time
Work as a spy, learn the nuts and bolts of their business, find out what they do well and what they do wrong. Learn about their clients and how you could eventually make them your clients. Focus on the development of specific marketable skills. Use their setup to design your own product. Use your current position to develop your own business or create your own little empire inside theirs.
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage. -Niccolo Machiavelli
By changing your objective and tweaking the way you operate, you can salvage a lot of time and use it to create your own game!
When your income is not attached to someone else’s business but to your own set of skills, creativity, uniqueness and the capacity to produce something marketable, that’s when you have real financial security and power.
At a deeper level, your true self, your uniqueness is your Unique Value Proposition (UVP). If you look deep inside, that gift you have and wish to offer to the world, that’s where your power is.
So, if you desire power in your life, free your soul and proclaim your sovereignty.
On that note, if you want to continue to feed you mind on that train of taught, I recommend you to read or listen The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich Expanded and updated by Tim Ferriss. It’s a great book to free your mind from this employee/slave mindset that we are constantly brainwashed with! I’m sure it will give you a lot a good idea and the motivation to take your power back. Also in audio!
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