The first thing to understand about work is what ‘work’ is. You’re probably thinking it’s about waking up in the morning, clocking in at your job, and being paid money at the end of the day or month.

No! That is not work. That is ’employment.’ An activity you do specifically with a tangible reward; money. You are selling your time.

Work is spiritual and psychological. It is a yearning for fulfilment from an act that demands mental and/or physical effort. Currently, ’employment’ is what gives us these values. We feel good when we are employed. We think better, and we feel like we are doing something meaningful. In most cases, for ourselves, because we will be paid money in the end, that is what we really want. With money, we can then buy all the things that money affords us. Those things make us feel good.

BUT let’s go deeper. Now that you understand the difference between ‘work’ and ’employment,’ what does it have to do with one being stressed, unemployed, disrespected by family, friends, and women? You have seen how you are treated by these people when you have money and when you don’t. It seems like the only time you will matter or can be taken seriously is if you have a shitload of money. So, you want a shitload of money so you can afford to do the things you can’t right now and ‘show them’ Sure, it’s not surprising you feel that way, and you are not the only one.

You feel this way because you have not worked on yourself. Work starts with working on yourself before you can work on any job. So if your ego overpowers your being you’ll find yourself saying things like, ‘that job is below me’, ‘abantu bazothini?’. ‘Sban’ sban’ (so and so) is the reason why I have not made it; they stole my idea; they owe me money.’This mentality keeps you trapped from doing what is necessary. And if you truly want something in life, you must be willing to do whatever it takes, a lot of people started by mopping floors before they were CEOs or business owners of those companies, ask the real G’s they’ll tell you. How will you find work when your mind is stuck, your life is on hold, and even if you get hired you will lose the job or play with the opportunity because you don’t see it anyway.

A lot of people don’t even bother trying, they sit in one place and expect somebody to come to hand them a job without even lifting a finger. Man, Maya Angelou was right to say that in life nothing works unless you do. People who aren’t used to working steal, disrespect time, and have no regard for authority when put in a work environment, and eventually get fired. All the behaviors of a stuck mind and time and time again they go back to the comfort of being nothing because they don’t do anything ‘hard’. 

Watch what happens when someone who was making Kotas does when they get hired at a bigger fast-food restaurant, they move swiftly, they are lit, energetic, they just do the damn thing. It’s because they worked before, they have the experience from a smaller but very similar environment, their experience has awarded them a chance to get ahead and open to new possibilities.  

If you are reading this in your 20’s you may be already feeling like other people you follow or idolize are far beyond your furthest goals. You could be reading this while you are dead broke and unemployed, or stuck in a job that you hate. If you’re  (TO CONTINUE READING GET THE BOOK )

About Rewo Banele

Before we can educate the youth about business, we need to confront the challenges that are constantly destroying the youth before they even begin looking towards trying entrepreneurship. I was once a young man who needed someone to show me the potential I possessed as a young man growing up in the township. Today I am an Entrepreneur, Author and Executive Producer with a passion to educate young people in the township about their potential and challenges through entrepreneurial and substance abuse content. This is why I have dedicated part of this website to address issues of substance abuse and crime. Only after addressing these can we have hope to inspire young people into entrepreneurship.

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