According to a poll in Iltalehti, 91% of the respondents want out of the rat race. No wonder, since 53 % don’t even know why they are in the rat race in the first place.
These figures are just amazing.
In a recent keynote speech I learned the name for this phenomenon. It is called status quo bias. Basically it means that people prefer to take even a constant load of crap if it’s crap that they are used to and familiar with.
But the bias doesn’t end here.
The funny thing is that the handful of people who have been most willing to join my team are from the 9 % minority. People who are already happy with their lives and refuse to take crap from anyone.
The only way I can explain this is that the people who have suffered long enough have lost a part of their soul in the process. It’s increasingly difficult to attract a soulless person for anything new.
Are you in the 91 % majority willing to escape from the rat race?
If the answer is yes, I have the solution for you.
Tell your story here and I will do everything in my power to help you out. If your story is compelling enough I could even pay Ihmeparantaja Iiro to consult you free!
I don’t love my job but I still want to do it well
If that sounds like you, then this post is especially for you. One of my readers pointed me to an e-book Työn hyväksikäyttö (utilization of work) by Sampsa Kiianmaa. This book is about the purpose of life. How to find your own purpose and achieve happiness.
Most people consider work to be the most important part of their life. Seeking employment is seen as the ultimate challenge. People optimize their life and studies to make themselves best suited for getting a “great” job.
Now, think about what really counts in your life
Kiianmaa has realized the importance of happiness. What really makes you happy? How would you like to be remembered when you grow old? Who would really answer that they want to be remembered by their material possessions? Still that seems to be the one and only form of achievement in this rat race we call life.
How can I find my happiness?
You are happy when you can utilize your strengths in whatever you do. Kiianmaa links to a test you can take to determine the strengths that are behind your happiness. The test is called VIA Survey of Character Strengths. But a word of caution to all you busy people: taking the test takes over 30 minutes and you will need to register to the website to take it. After registration you will see plenty of tests but take the one I named here that has 240 questions.
And now what?
You will receive a result of your top #5 strengths. Think about them. Do you live your life for the things that make you happy?
And finally, I dare you to post your result here as a comment. I have to say that this test worked for me.