Hello courageous creators!
I have an update about my personal life that I would like to share with you today:
I am now working full-time for The MiTu Network!
The MiTu Network is an online YouTube Network focused on Latino Lifestyle content.
You can visit us at: www.youtube.com/user/mitu
(FYI: not all our videos are in Spanish, we have English-language channels, too. And we are currently working on increasing our English-language channels.)
My primary job at my new company is to help grow and develop the network by bringing in new YouTube talent. (So, if you’re Latino and have a YouTube channel, let me know!)
I just recently started working for The MiTu Network and I have to say: I love the job, the network, and all the wonderful, hardworking people behind it!
The great thing is that I am using many of the skills that I’ve developed and mastered over the last three years as a blogger in this job.
Of course, with any new job, there are always new challenges.
My schedule is no longer as flexible as it used to be, for instance, which means I’ll be posting less often on the blog. (About once a week from now on.) And I’ll have to make some other adjustments here and there.
But, in the end, I know it’s all for the best and I’m excited about this new opportunity!
How To Be Relieved of The Stress Of Looking For Work
In honor of my new gig, today I would like to talk to you about work and how to get it.
These days, work seems to be an ongoing theme for our generation.
Today, with the way things are, its seems that everyone wants to know how to find work, how to get it, and how to keep it.
So much anxiety and fear and stress surrounds this wonderful human virtue: the ability to be useful to the rest of humanity—the ability to work.
But most of our anxiety, fear, and stress about work comes from a simple spiritual misunderstanding: we believe that we are entitled to the fruit of our work.
But we are not.
I know. You don’t like me saying this.
But what I am saying is not an opinion. It is a fact.
We are not entitled to fruits of our labor. There is no guarantee, no promise, no sure-thing that the work we do will give us any tangible, material benefit in the short-term.
I know this runs contradictory to how modern society views the nature of work. It’s actually the complete opposite of how society views the nature of work.
Society believes we are not entitled to labor, but we are entitled to the fruit of our labor.
But, in actuality, it is the other way around: we are entitled to work, but we are not entitled to the fruit of our work.
I want to be absolutely clear: I’m not saying that we should put it into our laws that people shouldn’t get paid for their hard work. Please do not misunderstand me. That statement would be ludicrous.
No, I am not speaking of our laws, our governments, or our political, economic systems here.
I am simply speaking of life and the fact that, in life, we are not always rewarded for the work we do, and we only cause ourselves great stress, anxiety, and fear if we always expect to be rewarded for the work we do.
This sounds like radical concept, I know. But it is an ancient concept, expressed quite eloquently in the old Indian spiritual book, The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita states very clearly that the only thing any of us is entitled to is work.
That’s it. Not the fruit of the work. Just the work.
At first, it may seem that the right to work is a very little thing. But it is not. If you look at it in the right light, you’ll see that having the right to work is a great gift.
Because if we are all entitled to work, then that means that the work is always available to us.
You need not wait for someone to hand it over it to you. Anyone, in any status, in any situation, in any place, can work.
Therefore, if you stop searching for the fruit of your work and only look for the work itself, instead, then you will find that work is to be had absolutely everywhere.
This world hungers for more workers. Workers willing to contribute to the growth and success of humanity. And the wonderful thing is that everybody can work (even those who have perceived limitations can work in their own, unconventional way).
Right now, at this moment, everyone can work to help others.
What I am trying to argue is that work is first and foremost a spiritual exercise (more so than an economic one); and if you look at work from that lens, the search for work, the desire to get it, and to keep it, loses much of its fear, anxiety, and stress.
How To Get Work
You may think I am crazy for suggesting that having the ability to work is, in itself, a gift.
But if you do think I’m crazy, then you are greatly underestimating the power of work.
If you, today, are struggling to look for work, and there is no work to be had, then I would suggest that you stop searching—and start working.
Work works on a spiritual plane—just like everything else does–and the spiritual law as it applies to work is this: only work begets more work.
So, you want to work? Then work. Don’t wait to find it, don’t wait at all. Just get to work.
If you have no idea where to get started, just start right in front of you: what in your life appears to need a lot of work? Find that gap, and then fill in that gap. Do the work.
If you have no idea where to get started, but you do know what your passion is, then, by all means, please begin the work there!
Begin the work of fulfilling your passion today.
Any kind of work always begets more work, but the work of your passion will always beget work that compliments your passion. This is a spiritual truth.
Three years ago, when I started this blog, I wasn’t “working,”at least not in the conventional sense.
But still, during that time, I never told anyone I was “unemployed.” I never used that term. (In fact, I still don’t use that term when I refer to that period of my life.)
It’s not that I am stubborn or in denial.
When people would ask me what I was doing during that time, I would tell them:
“I’m working on my novel and I’m working on growing my blog! I’m very busy!”
I never said I was unemployed at the time because I was very much employed. Was I seeing the fruit of that employment at that time? No, not really. Not in the conventional sense. But it didn’t matter. It was work. And I didn’t know it then but that work begat more work.
My work on my novel begat the work of my blog which begat my freelance work which led me to my current job.
So, if you are unemployed, I would suggest that you please stop saying that you are unemployed. Say that you are very much employed in This and That; because the truth is that you may very well be employed in This and That, even if you are not seeing the “fruit” of all that work.
In my experience, if you ever find yourself “unemployed,” simply employ yourself, and more employment will arrive from that employment.
It sounds simple but it’s true.
Why Work Begets More Work
The reason work begets more work is because:
1. Work gets you noticed.
2. Work gets you appreciated.
3. Work gets you experience.
4. Work gets you a following of people who love and respect the work you do, who may refer you to someone who can get you more work.
You can also think of it this way:
If you do not work, then how is anyone to know you are ready to work? If you do not work, how can more work come your way? If you do not work, how will anyone know you can be trusted with their work?
Even if you find that you cannot get paid for the work you do in the short-term—it is work and work, in itself, is very valuable. (Note: but be careful, if short term turns into extended long term, or abuse, then this is exploitation and should be avoided.)
Work in and of itself is valuable because it can be used as a type of “currency” to “purchase” more work in the future–work that will make you physical currency.
In the end, nothing is more respected than an individual who does good work, no matter who they are, no matter where they are, and no matter what they do.
And people always take note of that.
Even if I am never able to relish in the fruits of my labor while I live, if I do good work, then at least I know that when I die I will be remembered as someone who did good work.
But if I spend my life searching for the fruits of my labor, and I never do any labor, then I shall certainly be forgotten. Because I will have become a man who chose not to do a single day of good work–the only thing I was ever entitled to do.
Today’s Courage Exercise
Have you been searching for work, but have been unable to find it? Or have you found work, but are afraid you cannot keep it? If all this is so, try focusing on just doing the work and allow that work to beget more work for you.
A great place to start is to begin the work of your passion. (If you don’t know what your passion is, then simply begin working on an area of your life that needs work.)
Now, while you’re doing all of this, do not worry about the fruits of your labor—you are not entitled to that. Remember that you are only entitled to the labor itself. Hopefully, this will relieve the stress, anxiety and fear associated with doing the work itself. (But do not be surprised if all your work does bear fruit, in the end.)
*Note: this post is speaking of a spiritual truth not a political or economic one. I believe everyone in our laws should be paid for their work, of course. But I am not speaking about man made laws here, I am speaking of higher laws. Of course to speak of these things always leads to misunderstanding. I just want to make it clear that I am in no way suggesting workers ought to be exploited. I would never be in favor of such a thing.
>>> Blog Update: In order to accomodate my new time constraints, I will be posting on the C2C only once every Monday from now on (except on some Holidays.) C2C’s monthly Newsletter will be on hiatus for the time being, and Words On My Radar will also be put on hold for some time. Thank you for your patience while I adjust to my new schedule! – O