One of my friends gives a speech on why we should not be like cattle. I love the reaction that he gets when he starts with, "Don't Be A Cow!" People take notice because most of us can't imagine how we are anything like cows. Yet, he makes some very valid points.
The way to not have a bovine revolt on your hands as you run a feedlot is to ensure that you feed the cows at the same time and take care of their basic needs consistently. You give them water. You clean the lot areas. You let them get fat and ask for nothing in return. Everything is predictable. In return, the cows will do what they are told, when they are told, and how they are told. They become both compliant and complacent.
Because you are taking care of what they need to survive, they quit thinking about the grass on the other side of the fence. Instead, they focus on the fact that you are a good master. They never question what happens to the cattle who are loaded in a truck and never return. Because you are the one who takes care of their every need, they follow and do not lead. They are no longer self-sufficient. You are able to march them to their demise without a struggle or a fight.
This may seem extreme, except for the fact that studies show that two-thirds of all employees hate their jobs right now. They hate them, but they aren't going anywhere. They don't innovate or create businesses, because they get the cattle prod when they do from government and from society. A "good" person will get a job, have their needs met, follow all the rules, and learn to be "content." I think what people really mean when they say a person should learn to be content is that they should learn to follow along like the rest of the crowd.
As typical workers, we turn our creativity down to dim and follow the path of least resistance. We may not be happy, but at least we know what to expect. Me personally... I don't want to know what comes next. I want to be the one who breaks away from the herd and checks out the grass in as many fields as possible. I want to die of old age, not complacency. I want to explore, and create, and fail, and win, and struggle, and cry, and laugh, and truly live as a free being. I want to do things that people tell me are impossible, just to prove them wrong.
I don't know who you are or where you are. I do know this though. You will never be happier than when you are living into a dream that you have. You will never be more satisfied that when you are pushing yourself to identify what your outer limits really are. You will never be more engaged in life than when you know there is risk. I challenge you, just as my buddy Dan does, to not follow along the path of complacency. Divert from the path and pursue the real you that is in there. Be who you were intended to be! Whether that is as an employee or a business owner or an artist, jump out there and be yourself!
To Your Success!
Jody N. Holland - www.jodynholland.com