When Tim Ferris taught us that only 4 hours of work was required to make ends meet (as opposed to 40 or 60) he forced us to re-evaluate this important question:
Why would anyone work anymore?
A few possible answers to the question:
- Ferris just wrote the book so he wouldn’t have to work anymore.
- Having a normal job is safer and easier than planning globetrotting adventures.
- The daily rhythm of going to work is soothing and necessary.
- Your parents expect you to work a normal job.
- You’d get bored if you didn’t have have a normal job.
- Work is your platform for making connections, serving people, doing your art and changing the world.
- Your job is deeply connected to your identity and feelings of worth.
- You don’t work to make money, you work to make meaning.
- Your work is more than a necessary evil.
- You love your customers.
- Your boss would never let you skip 36 hours of work day.
- Self-help books are a pile of crap.
- Mastery requires 10,000 hours.
- Disrupting the way things always have been is too scary, too bold.
- You’re afraid of being perceived as pulling less than your weight in society.
- Work is part of your way of restoring and healing a broken creation.
- Work is influence.
- You need a reason to get out of the house every morning.
- Your co-workers are your community.
- Work is your way of hiding.
- You actually enjoy working.
Whatever your answer, it’s worth considering. “Gotta pay the bills” just isn’t good enough anymore.