For several years I worked for a very large computer company. So big that it brought in over seven billion dollars each year. And for a while, a good chunk of that business was very profitable.
One of the things that made it profitable was the company’s ability to outsource certain parts of the business to outside people who could do it faster, better, and cheaper than we could.
And it isn’t just big companies that benefit.
For startups to be successful, they need to figure out which pieces they are going to do internally and outsource the rest. Otherwise, the startup would need so much up-front money that the company could never get off the ground.
But outsourcing can also lead to disaster.
There’s a thought-provoking line that reads:
What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
Think about that question for a moment. Really let it sink in deep.
What would you try doing that would bring joy to you and others – if you knew for certain that you wouldn’t fail?
Does thinking about that bring a smile or a sense of excitement to you? The sense of certainty that you can’t fail removes all worry, all doubt, all fear.
And what is left once you strip away worry, doubt, and fear is pure joy.
Have you ever gotten frustrated by a traffic jam, particularly when you are in a hurry to get somewhere?
How about angered by something another person said?
Do you ever find yourself complaining at work – perhaps the boss isn’t a good leader or maybe your co-workers don’t pull their fair share?
Are you envious of someone else’s life?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you are – like all the rest of us – resisting what is.
What is is a fact.
I used to have the same recurring dream, over and over.
It took place underwater, and I was being chased by a shark. In the dream, I would struggle to run away from the shark (nevermind that I could somehow “run” while in water).
The shark kept getting closer and closer, and my legs felt like they were trapped in molasses.
I knew the end was inevitable.
And just before the shark would get me, I’d wake up.
Sweating. Heart racing. Wide awake.
I’d then lie there for a long time trying to fall back asleep.
This dream would recur periodically for years.
And then one night, everything changed.
When I was in high school, I couldn’t wait to get to college in order to escape all the typical teen trauma drama, study fascinating subjects, and really get to enjoy life.
When I was in college, I couldn’t wait to graduate, start working a full-time job making decent money, and really get to enjoy life.
When I was working in industry, I couldn’t wait to start my own company so I could eliminate corporate bureaucracy, work on solutions that could help improve the world, and really get to enjoy life.
That’s the challenge with looking to the future for such happiness and fulfillment – it’s always in the future.