Many of us grew up in a world where we did what we were told. Especially in school, we learned how to follow instructions; how to be obedient. We’ve been drilled by one, just one particular way. I remember my Polish lessons in high school when we analyzed poetry. There was always one way of interpretation: the teacher’s way. The approved one. Many of my schoolmates simply blindly followed (it’s hard to believe) this education style. It’s effortless: Simply follow these instructions and you don’t have to think. Do your job and everything will be fine. You don’t have to make decisions. Listen to your boss. You don’t have to be a genius. You only have to be obedient. Don’t be creative. That’s enough.
And maybe, it’s not your fault. You think that it’s always been like that, and always will be. After all, you’ve been educated to play that role – being a cog in the monster Industrial Revolution machine. Almost every aspect of our daily life is influenced in some manner by this way of thinking: social, economic and cultural conditions. The system, literally ingrained in our society, is still flourishing. But, since that time the world has changed – dramatically. This system is no longer relevant. The curtain has been pulled back. Our projects cannot rely on interchangeable parts. You’re unique. If you’ve got something to say, say it. Do not be afraid to listen to Ulysses’ call in Alfred Lloyd Tennyson’s inspiring poem.
(…) Come, my friends,
‚Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
Come, my friends. Let’s put the old machine to scrap. The old world of work is over.