If You Want to Make the World a Better Place, Start With Your Day Job

There’s no way that saving 10% of the world while destroying 90% of it turns into anything close to a net positive.

My purpose in writing this isn’t to make you feel bad. You obviously already do. As my grandfather once told me, you don’t need to push a stone that’s rolling downhill. My purpose in writing this is to give you good news. And here it is. If you are looking to make a difference in the world, you are already in the place you need to be. You don’t need to go anywhere else.

Mike Monteiro

On quitting

… and the relative impossibility to do that!

Once again I find myself reading out an article on quitting, changing life, changing perspective.

Once again the author is a really talented guy. Nor the average one.

Once again the person quitting comes from a Country on the north of the world. Where everything is really based on merits and where professional profile is very well paid.

I read with amazement, envy, curiosity this behaviour and keep wondering “what about the average person?” … and the below the average person? Does he have to kill himself? In a global competitive world “weaks” do not survive. If I have to live a shitty life as a dishwasher in a big city abroad why bother to chance and go through all the sacrifices?

In these days somebody is warning us of the perils of automation and points to an universal income as a social solution for the masses. I’m not sold to this idea … this is a hypothesis for the far future, I need a solution to my precariousness today.

via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income

Quitting is easy if you got no boundaries. No mortgage loan on the house you’ve chosen to live in. No partner with extreme difficulty to leave the current job, or do the same one in an all new — alien — place. Parents in good health (or none or with which you have no relationship for any reason), weak family ties.

If you’re young and you can run away, run away from places were meritocracy, honesty, responsibility, good behaviour and respect for the “public thing” are derided. Run and reach the place where you can get the bare minimum you can live with.

If you’re struck here, begin to choose wisely your fights … avoids the ones you can’t win, fight the daily fight to improve the things you do for your job and your immediate vicinity, and try to make this place of yours the best you can.

via https://unsplash.com/@averieclaire

Those are my conclusion to quitting the life I don’t like. Until something broke or drastically changes … and you have to re-evaluate everything once again.


Originally posted on Medium.

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The cereal entrepreneur

Find customers who will happily pay you in advance because your service or product is so useful that they can’t live without it. And if your service or product isn’t that useful, make it better.

Seth Godin

That’s more easy to say than realized. But should be anyone’s approach when at work, try to make the best for our client, aka the person who needs our job to be done.