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One observation that I’ve made while traveling all over the globe is that no matter where you venture, you’re going to be able to locate very good people and make friends… if you choose to do so. Furthermore, I’m somewhat blown away by the work ethic and drive that so many people out there possess, folks who are putting their noses to the grindstone each and every single day trying to create a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

Right now, I’m in Manila, and very commonly I hear stories (and see posts) like the following:

Now I know what you might be thinking, but I assure you it’s not a “front” and completely legit…

Lots of peeps who work both white/blue collar jobs out here bust their ass like crazy and in many instances burn the midnight oil… well past midnight… like until the early morning of the next day when the sun is starting to rise again.

Working around the clock until 5 AM or so, it’s really not seen as a big deal…

For myself, at times it makes me feel somewhat nostalgic… I mean to be perfectly honest, I never worked that hard while employed in Corporate America as an engineer, but it does make me reminisce one time back to my college years when on more than a few occasions I would stay up all night studying for mid-terms/finals…

Anyway…

 

I’ve been around the block long enough to know that it’s entirely human nature to always want to compare/contrast and to put down others in an effort to defend ourselves… and what we are doing with our own time.

For some fucked up reason, we always feel the need to look down and denigrate others in a futile attempt to make ourselves feel better about… ourselves…

 

I’m here to say, well, fuck that…

 

It’s not easy, but I really try my best to be objective about things, especially as it pertains to just life shit…

 

Right now, when I see posts like the above, hear stories, and all that, no, it doesn’t make me defensive at all b/c I know in my heart of hearts that I ain’t working/grinding to anywhere near the degree as all my friends/peers/surroundings out here in Manila… Truth be told, I been kinda lost lately, and trying to find/seek happiness through various other means and channels, but working my ass off trying to make more $$$ hasn’t been at the top of my agenda… That’s just my own reality, and I ain’t about to sugarcoat anything…

 

And to be even more straight up, I just have to say that seeing shit like that only motivates/inspires me more… I feel no hostility, rage, jealously, etc. I mean, I just know that I’ve got a long ways to go, especially if I ever want to achieve all my: goals, dreams, ambitions, etc.

 

I’m not sure if anyone reading this has ever felt this way, but keeping things on the REAL, lots of times a lot of nonsense enters my mind, plaguing and paralyzing me from moving forward…

  • Fear
  • Doubt
  • Disbelief
  • Uncertainty
  • Trepidation
  • Sadness
  • Apathy
  • Blahhhhhhh
  • Feeling like an abject failure
  • Etc.

Oftentimes, I really don’t even know what the cause is, and how to navigate around all the negative emotions/feelings… Lately, I been turning to the following, to try and get back on track…

This one hits home a lot of the time (but to be perfectly clear I ain’t ever smoked weed before, lol)…

Still, I get the underlying message, loud and clear…

It’s an eternal struggle at times… a lot of the time…

Luckily, I also have the following, which was an amazing bookmark a close friend (hey you, if you’re reading this!) back home gave to me on my last night in the Bay Area, just prior to me boarding a plane for Manila…

The front side is a Gattaca reference, appropriate since that movie is an all-time favorite and one that got me through some very tough/dark times…

On the other side, it’s the Nike slogan… Simple but very powerful…

 

“Just do it.”

 

Or, as I like to say to myself (for further emphasis):

 

“JUST FUCKING DO IT ALREADY YOU LOUSY, WORTHLESS PIECE OF SHIT.”

 

So yeah, the never-ending journey towards finding happiness, meaning, purpose, and all that other good stuff in life…

 

Never give up…

 

When in doubt, look around you and find yourself inspired to go out and accomplish some amazing things.

 

Fight on!

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  • PonNo Gravatar November 28, 2018, 10:21 pm

    Well said Fifighter! Don’t let that Bobby bring you down

    • FI FighterNo Gravatar November 28, 2018, 11:18 pm

      Pon,

      I’m a million miles away and dem haters are the last thing on my mind.

      Rock on dude!

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