In 4 weeks our lives will change drastically. Our normal day-to-day will change from the chaos that comes from living in one of the most stressful cities in the world to the peaceful life of a backpacker.

But will we cope without the ‘security’ of a 9-5?

I’ve been asked this question so many times that I thought it was about time to analyse the situation properly and actually work out whether  this adventure makes any sense or whether we are just a couple of nutters?!

Your career

“How could you just give up those great jobs that took you so much effort to get into, just for a holiday?”

Sometimes, people find their perfect roles that they are perfect for. These people are a fortunate few, and probably should give up their role on a whim.  Generally, however, everyone ends up in a position that they are not good enough for. Let me explain myself.

You start your career as a trainee and after a few months, maybe you get offered an executive position. A few months later, due to your great performance you get another promotion to Account Manager. The key question is: When will I stop moving up the ladder? Probably whenever my performance is not that great.

Based on this and looking at my progress in the last few companies, I believe that I still have plenty of career progression ahead of me. If all I’ve done since I was 18 has been improving my CV, I don’t think that taking a 6 month break will mean I’ll have to start from scratch when I come back.

So many years chasing after the perfect CV has left little time for me to develop other personal skills, but nobody pays for those skills, do they? It’s time to develop this side and see where it takes me.

Mess up and get better

Being right all the time is way too boring. It might feel great to your ego, but it won’t do any good to your personal development.

Fear is the biggest hurdle stopping you improving yourself; it paralyses you. Being able to make risky decisions is a great skills. Making wrong decisions, provided the risk is controlled, is on of the best things you can do.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”

If Mr. Edison said so more than 100 years ago, who are we to question him?

Inspiration – Artists always succeed

The biggest issue with the current education system and our jobs is that they take us through a common path where there is no room for different ways of thinking. The Industrial Revolution made our schools teach new generations to be compliant and obedient. They made us believe this was, and still is, the only way to learn and will have the best outcome for your career and lifestyle. Mass produced education has created a limitless supply of cogs who then jump into the big whirring machine that is the job market and the great thing about these cogs? They are  is the easy and cheap to exchange. The system quite simply will never run out of pieces which is  great for industry, but what about the individual?

Current society punishes such individuals or ‘artists’ because they have their own ways of thinking which does not necessary fit within this system. However, in certain occasions these artists overtake the system’s rules and succeed against the odds. The key to success of an artist is their own thoughts and inspiration. We all have a little artist in us, but the system will try to keep it quiet and make us think that listening to it wont get us very far. Study; find a job; buy a house; follow the rules and you’ll be happy… But what if you’re not?  It’ll probably be too late when you find out.

Get out of your comfort zone

We all feel safe in our comfort zone. Maslow said that safety is one of our most important needs. Fighting against safety is a tough battle, but the rewards are endless.

Challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone. This is the only way of knowing the best and maybe the worst of yourself, things which you can always work on at a later stage.

Your comfort zone will keep you in limbo where you won’t be able to progress. Assess your opportunities and once you find something you are passionate about, go for it and you’ll see for yourself how you can grow much more in a month compared to the last 5 years.

In 4 Weeks time we will:

  • leave the jobs we are overqualified for
  • We’ll find Mr Edison’s ’10,000 ways that won’t work’
  • We’ll continue on the discovery of our inner artist
  • We’ll leave our comfort zones ready to learn from books we are the author’s of.
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