You decided to run along with the crowd. On getting into the building you meet a bunch of people, shirts ripped off, elbows grazed and a few missing a shoe. After inquiring for a while about whats happening, a lady about your age fills you in. Apparently, while you were engrossed deep in thought, the recruitment manager explained to the crowd the first test. The test involved racing up the stairs to 5th floor. The first one hundred to get to the fifth floor would sail through to the second phase of the interview while the rest would go home. You went home a dejected man, unable to understand how running up the stairs could make one a better employee.
Cash inflow is unpredictable. You are clawing and scratching to survive. Your parents who are on the verge of disowning you pressure you to get a real job, make lots of money before you can pursue your dreams.
After struggling to establish yourself for several months without success you hit rock bottom. Frustrated, discouraged and disillusioned you decide to give it one last try before calling it quits.
The offer comes at a time when you are recovering from the loss of your 2nd business.
the following month sees hundreds of highly talented company employees laid off unceremoniously.
Under the tutelage of the senior staff you get to learn so much about writing and newspaper editing, The newspaper ratings take a hit
The earliest you get home is from 10pm monday to friday.
That is when you realize that if you left at that very moment your absence wouldn’t be felt.
you are underpaid for the next 10 months. your friends and family think you are insane.
Why would you put in so much work to a company that clearly does not value you or even pays you less for all work-related trips from your own pockets?
Well, you did because you wanted to acquire corporate discipline,
What you didn’t know is that the more famous you get the lonelier you become. You have an image to maintain this means no matter what problems you are going through you can’t show or tell the world. You regularly post pictures of you in fancy joints smiling broadly plus an inspirational quote.
You begin drinking more than usual, smoke more than you should and start taking a concoction of synthetic drugs to numb the sadness and loneliness. It is all fun until you have to down a glass full of the hard stuff before breakfast and another before you go to bed. Since you are a celebrity, you can’t get caught taking cheap liquor or hanging out in shady joints so you take premium brands of alcohol which burn a gaping hole through your wallet. You ask for a salary advance almost every month to keep up appearances.
Unlike other professions, creatives have no trade unions to champion their welfare, no job security or structures in place to help them save for retirement. Younger and more talented creatives who connect better with the newer generation are working overdrive to take the spotlight away from you. Therefore, constantly reinvent yourself otherwise you will fade out into oblivion.
I took a step back. Just as I was about to jump the tour guide stopped me.
The only other time I felt this scared was the very first time I quit a job.
I know a good number of people who are running a small business on the side that has the potential of growing into a profitable empire.
Needless to say, I dived off that cliff into the icy pool of water below at least six times. Just like with everything in life, the first time was scary as hell but it got easier with every successive dive. Hidden on a bend right across the pool was the most magnificent scene I have ever laid my eyes on.