“We can only get ready for it. So when that big wave comes we won’t drown and instead we’ll surf that wave all the way to the shore…”
A while ago I watched a TV show here in Germany where people were asking political candidates all sorts of questions. It's election time right now.
And one question stuck with me for quite a bit...
A woman with her family and her kids was asking what the candidate was going to do about the fact that living in cities is getting more and more expensive in Germany and basically unaffordable for low to lower middle class families with one income only.
So of course the candidate was talking about all sorts of things he's going to do. All of the new programs he's going to introduce. That he's going to bring back this and bring back that. That he's going to do stuff for people that have been left behind.
But the truth is that he just can't. He can't do anything about it. He won't be able to do anything about it. Just like all the other people out there who are talking about bringing back jobs, about programs that will benefit people who have been left behind can't do anything about it.
It just doesn't work anymore. Technology and capitalism are eating away jobs. And will continue to do so. And there's nothing we can do about it.
Will they create new jobs?
No one knows.
So the only thing we ca do about it is to start taking care of our own lives again.
To start taking responsibility for our own lives again.
Because no one else will.
The times where we could simply outsource responsibility for our lives to big corporations by trading our time for money is ending one day at a time.
The government won't be able to help you anymore. They're either busy getting into wars, fighting terrorism, making sure that some of the biggest companies in their countries won't go bankrupt while at the same time trying to figure out how they won't go bankrupt themselves.
Politicians won't be able to help you anymore. They're busy helping themselves and trying to figure out how they can best survive and keep their jobs for as long as they can.
Corporations won't be able to help you anymore. They're busy trying to increase revenues so stock holders are satisfied and don't pull the trigger on them, the entire company and the entire economy.
No one is left to take care of you. Your family. Your kids. Your retirement. Anything.
No one except you.
I know it might sound depressing.
But it's the truth.
And you have a choice.
You have the choice to either complain about it, about the fact that the top 5% or whatever are getting richer and richer and how the rest is getting poorer and poorer or you can start taking action.
You can start taking responsibility for your own life again.
And then once you've done that you can help others to do the same.
Or you can just sit there and watch the show because you think it won't affect you.
Just like I think it won't affect me. Just like the people I studied with think it won't affect them. Just like your friends think it won't affect them. Or your boss. Or your bosse's boss.
It won't affect “us”.
It will only affect “them”.
Until it does....
“The more you have to lose, the more you’ll try to ignore the truth.”
Or you can just sit there, do nothing and just wait for basic income to come.
Which will come some time in the future.
But it will probably take one more generation until it's here.
But don't get me wrong here.
I don't say this from a perspective of hate or desperation.
I say this from a perspective of hope.
After all, more people than ever hate their jobs.
More people than ever are unhappy with their current life, their careers and the way things are going.
Sure, there are probably hundreds of studies out there that will say the exact opposite.
Just like there are hundreds of studies out there that will say the exact same thing.
Why worry about not being able to do the things anymore you don't really enjoy doing?
Why be upset about it?
We weren't made for sorting pieces of paper all day long.
Or going from one meeting to the next.
Or sitting in an office for 12 hours a day.
Or sitting in a factory for 14 hours straight.
Or working months and months on power point presentations that could easily have been done in just a few days.
That's not what got us where we are right not.
What got us here were the arts. Sciences. Poetry. Writing. Singing. Innovating. Collaborating. And creating all sorts of things.
Sure, this sounds romantic.
And doesn't pay the bills.
Or the mortgage.
Or anything else.
So what does pay the bills?
Taking responsibility for your own life again instead of outsourcing responsibility to any of the above groups.
Because they won't be able to help you anymore. They can't. Only you can.
I know it sounds tough.
And it is tough.
Especially when you've been raised in a system that taught you to outsource responsibility for your life to others.
To corporations. To the government. To politicians. To your friends. To society. To the economy...
It took me more than three years to unlearn all of this.
To reprogram my brain to be able to take care of myself again.
To take full responsibility for my life.
To be able to build something out of nothing.
This is the era of the underdog.
The underdog will always win.
Because the underdog doesn't outsource her responsibility to anyone.
The underdog doesn't expect anything from anyone.
The underdog knows that she has to put in more work than anybody else.
The underdog thrives in times of uncertainty while everybody else is drowning.
The underdog is paranoid.
The underdog doesn't have anything to lose.
The underdog can only win.
The underdog doesn't ignore the truth.
The underdog speaks the truth.
But then again this isn't a book about economics.
Or being an entrepreneur.
Or being an employee.
Or the future.
This is a book about survival in the 21st century.
This is a book about how to win when you've failed at almost everything.
But what do I know...
I don't know anything about the future.
Or the past.
Or the present.
Just like everybody else out there doesn't really know anything about the future.
The only thing we know is this...
We can only get ready for it.
We can only get ready for that big wave that might or might not come.
That wave that's already here.
We can only get ready for it. So when that big wave comes we won't drown and instead we'll surf that wave all the way to the shore...
This was a part of my new book The Underdogs Guide To Winning When You’ve Failed At Almost Everything. It’s available for pre-order for pay-as-much-as-you-want today. You can pre-order it here: https://gum.co/XHyRD