There is a huge myth out there that one should find meaning in the work that s/he does. While I agree that enjoying work is important I think we have forgotten that for many years people did pretty ordinary things like farm land, cut down trees, build houses and dig wells. In fact, I believe that we’ve become so enamored with the idea of “modern work,” that we’ve forgotten the value and beauty in the ordinary work that becomes the backbone of society.
I think this principle is demonstrated in the many developing economies that train its graduates and youth to function as cogs in developed economies. This often renders those youths unfit for the actual economy in their own nations. This idea that their are white and blue collar jobs, service jobs, skilled jobs, etc. are misnomers that are strangulating growth in some developing economies. We have lost the practicality to know that in 1700s when there were not as many paved roads, railroads, and infrastructure–people were not making their fortunes in marketing, fashion design, movies, ICT and other “advanced fields.” These fields are now possible because of the hard work of practical work.
My belief is that the dream must become practical and workable. Entrepreneurs of those times had scuffed boots and wore patched jeans as they built their empires right along side their first workers. The dreams they had were not one day of sitting in a fancy office on the 20th floor, but building brick by brick to pass on a legacy for their family and their nation. We have to come back to the joy of building for something greater in the future–even if now you are not working in your dream job.
Don’t let the myth of the very recent invention of the “dream job,” or the “dream” deter you from the vision of building a real empire and carving your place in time the way the industrialists of old did. Youth in developing economies must divorce themselves from the notion and look to build.
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