My Perfect Day and How You Can Live More Of Yours
Have you ever been asked to imagine your perfect day? It is a fun and useful exercise. It is useful because the more you focus on it, the more likely you are actually to live it. Not because of magic, but because when you focus on something you tend to work to make it a reality.
It’s fun because it lets you shake off the daily blues and dream of a better life.
When I was a teenager I used to work with my dad on an apple orchard. The days were long and hard. Dad thought planting trees, picking rocks, and working in the rain would encourage me to do well in school to get a nice white-collar job.
He thought I was lying when I told him I was moving away to go to college, but I made him proud when I graduated and started my first white-collar job. No more manual labour for his son.
It didn’t take long to realize that white-collar work isn’t much different than blue-collar. The difference is that instead of long days working with your hands, white-collar work is long days working with your mind. Both leave you exhausted at the end of the day and leave little time for much else. The issue with white-collar work is that it comes home with you. The work on the orchard stays on the orchard.
I can’t blame my dad for trying. Like everyone else, he thought the grass must be greener on the other side.
For the first 5 years of my professional career, I didn’t have many perfect days. I had some good days, most of which were on the weekends or vacations. There were plenty of bad days, even on the weekends. Hard work promised to give me more of the good days and less of the bad, but only in the future.
Toiling away 60-hour weeks at a FinTech startup didn’t lead to the perfect days my dad promised. What kept me going was the idea that if we made it big, surely there would be perfect days ahead. But like 99% of startups, we didn’t make it big, and I decided I didn’t…