Saw this in a post this morning. I realize that this is supposed to be "inspirational" and show strong work ethic and determination, but Wow does that sound depressing to me. This dude is just roboting through his life like he's "supposed to".

I think there are a fair number of us that are stuck working jobs we'd rather not, but there's no harm in evaluating where you are and realizing you don't want to be there. If you're not happy, you shouldn't stay. Find somewhere you enjoy being.

@mike This does sound like a person that has resigned themselves to a miserable existence, and is just powering through it.

I'd rather live a more purposeful life, where I'm constantly evaluating everything I'm doing. Sometimes, circumstances change, and there's a better way, or maybe this thing I'm doing just isn't serving me in any meaningful way anymore. to me, that sounds just like what a routine is and why it works. don't think about it, just do it. sure, if it's harmful please stop but first thing i do when i get up is brush my teeth and i sure as heck don't ask myself if i want to do it.

@feli I would agree that's what a routine is, and if a routine is beneficial to you that's great! The problem is when you're encouraged not to evaluate whether that routine is benefiting you or is toxic. If your routine is toxic to you as a person, you SHOULD evaluate that routine and make changes to it.

@mike @feli LinkedIn is just full of that crap, but every sentence starts with an emoji. Everyone's acting like they're a life coach with a bag of silver bullets. Meh

@mike I'm not happy with my job, but I stick with it because I don't think I'd be happy with ANY job.

@mike If one were to do everything in the described manner it would be depressing indeed. But somethings only get done this way.

Right now I only study German when I want to, which is almost never. Being able to do it like this would be hugely benefitial for me and I will integrate this sort of discipline into my life again because of that.

There are just some things we don’t like doing, work is monotonous by nature. Stopping and thinking about the work you are about to do most of the time means procrastinating it into oblivion, I know this because I do it all the time, and I don’t even have a lot of work to do.

@mike It reads negative to me, but it is ones choice how to live a life.

@mike Many things that bring me joy sometimes require this ability.
When you're on day 7 of a canoe trip and hauling your gear past the 20th beaver dam of the day and it's pissing rain and you packed your tent wet in the morning. Being wet and cold on a small sailboat at night, with building waves and 12 more hours to go till landfall.
This ability to slog through can be beneficial for work sometimes too but can't imagine it as my default every morning.
Good life skill vs terrible life style.

@mike I think of myself as a man of the middle, so I agree with both perspectives. Be careful not to be extreme with either.

The quoted picture's point is that there are a lot of things in life, responsibilities, that you have to do even when you don't feel like it. It's called discipline and not motivation in that scenario.

If you can move to a job you enjoy, you are very privileged. Such a job is not an option for a lot of people, and they need -something- to get them by for now.

@mike This hits hard because I can easily picture myself saying something like that if I went for my other passion soccer and found out that I'll need to write code to survive and keep playing soccer (being of the most flexible jobs). Actually something similar happened, but luckily I found coding interesting enough that I developed a passion for it too.

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