Shadowman (Taken with Instagram)
If you are looking for a book that will entertain your imagination regarding the catalyst that launched our psychological capabilities beyond anything we can conceive, I recommend this book. Maybe you are interested in an alternative to the big bang theory, natural selection, or religious intervention, this book at least offers an interesting take on our social/human evolution.
Terrance McKenna offers a subjective but extremely alternative interpretation of what made our consciousness explode at such an exponential rate in Food of The Gods. At the very least, this book challenges you to take a step back and reevaluate our social “norms”. Check it out, it’s always fun to open the mind!
I like to think of life as one big portfolio. A record of all of your good and bad decisions, hard work, and time off. Whatever you put in now, will have an effect in the future. Life is complicated and it’s hard not to get stuck in a pattern of short term thinking. There are too many distractions and complex situations and decisions that we have to make which prevents us from being able to pan out and look at the big picture. But, I encourage you to think of life as an investment.
What really got me thinking about this is the fact that the individuals at the top of their pay in virtually every industry, seem to get paid a substantially large amount of money, when, they aren’t necessarily doing the equivalent amount of more work to gain the wage.
Which brings me to the point of this: when you get your dream job and are being paid what you believe you deserve, which for most is a considerable amount of money, you are being paid for your failures from the past that have allowed you to learn and improve your character to get that job. In other words, when analyzing individuals who are being paid, in some people’s opinion, ridiculously large amounts of money, people are quick to criticize. But just like our tendency to process the short term as a survival technique, we do not see the big picture and consider the trial and error, hard work and lessons learned, that have justified this level of pay.
This also means that it is okay to work from the bottom up, there is no job that should cause one to be emberassed about because if you’re too big for a small job, you’re too small for a big job.
So I encourage you to think more big picture (cliche I know) and remember that your life is an investment.