I’ve asked that exact question myself since my last day of work in the Navy.
Turns out I miss the status far more than the soul crushing office work and politics. Most people aren’t honest enough to admit that a job makes people look at them a certain way and so this becomes part of their identity. When you move on its devastating if you staked your whole identity on that job. Thankfully I had other things going for me outside of the Navy stuff.
Most people can’t help but stake their identity on a job because they spend 40 hours minimum, a week, working for someone else and that’s over a third of waking hours. Status is nice, we all want status, we all want notoriety but most of the time chasing status is a zero sum game. Don’t chase fucking status. Status is worthless; you can’t eat or sell status unless you sell a product that gives status. Truthfully, no one cares about your occupation except you and if it brings in money, forget the status.
We seek status because we seek approval from other members of our tribe; an absolute necessity 10,000 years ago. Today chasing status is like eating cotton canday: tastes great but no substance. Still the greatest danger is seeking status to fill some void in your personality, nothing could be more worthless than buying status and we all do it at some point.
The next time you make a decision, ask yourself: Do I want the benefit, or do I just want the status this job/item/event/person offers? The real answer will surprise you, Status chasing is a disease, the sooner you rid yourself of it, the better.
Look at all your friends and neighbors run from their problems by chasing status.
Don’t be like that.
Until next time,
P. S. I have a powerful
online course on the way very soon, stay tuned.
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