Recent studies indicate that as many as 9 out of 10 people worldwide hate their jobs.
The reasons given include not being appreciated, having a tyrant for a boss, office politics, and the obvious… overworked and underpaid.
But there’s a deeper reason rarely mentioned. It's the reason we jump from job to job and we always feel the same.
Early ancestors to homo sapiens date back to around 2.5 millions years ago… so for million of years were were hunter gatherers.
For millions of years we did NOT live dull and repetitive lives, performing tasks for someone else.
We were never part of an assembly line, beholden to a clock, told when it was time to eat, or forced to fit within hierarchical structures of superficial metrics.
Humans were not valued in digits and dollar signs representing their ability to produce.
In other words… having a job is not in our DNA.
It wasn’t until modern times (by evolutionary measures) when the invention of agriculture, mining, merchandising, factories, etc. that humans became cogs in a machine, stripped of their independence.
For humanity as a whole these things have been great for civilizations, but not great for most individuals.
It’s true that jobs today are far better than they've ever been, as is our standard of living. In fact, I've enjoyed most jobs I've had and even though I work for myself now, rarely does a day go by that I don't at least consider going back to one (there are benefits, like the camaraderie, that you don't appreciate until you don't have it).
And yet, the fact remains… as many as 9 out of 10 people are still unhappy.
It might be that for millions of years we lived free. Our very survival depended on a hyper sense of awareness, sharpened senses, being fit, adaptable, and creative…
And we still crave these things. We live for them. We seek them in leisure. When we're not at work.
- We take vacations to feel free.
- Go to the gym to get fit.
- Write, paint, and make music to satisfy our creativity.
- Play sports and even video games that challenge our primal senses.
These are also the qualities of an entrepreneur.
If there’s one reason we crave the escape from stagnation, to wake up and make our own choices, to do our own thing, and make a dent in the universe… it's because a couple of million years of evolution made us that way.
A job is often not the answer…
The good news is that it's never been easier to break free of the mundane and become the entrepreneur you've always wanted to be.