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What do you want?

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Utter these words and be prepared for silence. This question is one of the hardest to answer. How do we know if the path we are currently traveling is the right path for us? Using the words of Machiavelli, how many of our choices are based on the ends instead of the means? I think the best acid test is to question your immediate happiness. If this action or decision doesn’t make you happy, is it worth completing?


Using this job market as a case study, you can almost taste the depression. A while back I read Timothy Ferriss’s 4-Hour Work Week. In it he describes his “mini-retirements,” short month long vacations that allow him to enjoy his dreams. He outlines the costs of one of theses retirements and it is often much less than the expenses experienced state side. He travels through multiple continents on the search for his ultimate passions. Sometimes focusing inward is the only way to figure out what truly makes us happy. For better or worse we work for over 40 years of our lives. Can you imagine the innovation and emotional gain from investing those hours in a company that we own and are truly passionate about? Maybe instead of a constant grind month after month in search of a job, a mini-retirement would allow unemployed workers the ability to find and cultivate their true passions. Using this method we could avoid the high costs of our premium living, enjoy a unique culture and learn from another group of people while doing some valuable soul searching.

The Viewpoint

My opinions are shaped by the consistent creation of new and more exciting ideas, most of which I want to start right now. Although there is a general plan for execution none of them involve a boss, all of them are unique and each are possible at the right point in life. This entrepreneurial ADD involves a lot of time and energy but it embodies a certain freedom enjoyed by a relatively small population. With unemployment reaching all time highs, why not take advantage of the government welfare and create a company that you enjoy sweating for? There is nothing to lose currently; I would argue those without jobs are the ones who are truly free. A salary traps employees, and in the same way a wild stallion is broken, we are conditioned to live for that deposit that occurs every two weeks. It is almost frightening to walk away from, a world of uncertainty and imagined pain awaits those that turn away from their corporate check.

Newly freed graduates and employees should embrace this new opportunity for happiness. Use your first few months of unemployment for the creation of a venture that you will love and appreciate for the rest of your life.

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