It’s true, I’m an asshole! Here’s why:
Recently, one of my blog posts called Why Most People Dream and Only Some Do: The Go-Getter Theory got quite some traffic. A lot of people seemed to like the article and shared it all over the interwebs. It got a lot of attention: 50,000 unique visitors over a few weeks time.
My inbox is now overflowing with emails filled with hatred, flames, tons of negative comments and criticism. Usually, the following quote by Bill Cosby is the rule of thumb, but I’m going to make an exception because I feel I have a humbling message to tell.
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
I admit that the specific blog post was written in a bit of an egocentric way. I admit that that I was condescending against a friend who has a monotonous job at the assembly line of a car factory. I now understand that this negativity of mine against people who have standard 9-to-5 jobs is powered by jealousy. There, I said it. I’m jealous of the day-to-day, nine-to-five work force.
Many people have an admiration for people like me who just go off on their own, who have a lot of aspiration, who throw caution to the wind and take a lot of risk to follow their dreams. But please understand that I am the one who is jealous of people who don’t have to do that. I am jealous of people who can take the “easy path”. Just go to work, switch off their brain for 8 hours a day, climb their corporate ladder and who are happy with that.
The thing is, I can’t do that.
I am officially unemployable. I’m not able to work for a boss. I am not able to shut my mouth and just do the work people tell me to do.
I will do anything I can think of to keep from having a job. When people try to tell me what to do, I’ll get frustrated. To me, having a normal job feels like hammering nails on my coffin.
I need to be independent, I want to do my own thing until I succeed and I can’t understand that people aren’t like me.
But if you think I’m an asshole. Know that I’m jealous of you.
A jealous asshole.