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In 1999 Warner Brothers released the science fiction movie The Matrix. During the early 21st century artificial intelligence became so advanced that computers and robots became self-aware and staged a revolt against the human race. Humans fought the robots and created a dense atmosphere to surround the earth and block out the sun to eliminate the power source of the machines. The artificial intelligence ultimately won the war and began growing humans in pods as a fuel source. The machines kept the humans unaware of their enslavement by using cybernetic implants that created a simulated reality called the Matrix.
Today many people (maybe even you, gasp!) are living in their version of the Matrix. They are going through the motions of life, making decisions based on what most people do or what people say they should do. They have been living life this way for so long that there doesn’t seem to be any other way to live. For a while I have been asking myself a question:
“Who created these rules of life that I have been told to follow and what happens if I don’t follow them?”
Here are just some examples:
- You need to finish high school.
- You need to go to college.
- You will always have a car payment.
- You need to find someone to “settle down” with, get married, and have kids.
- You need to buy a house, and you will stay there for at least 30 years to pay off the mortgage.
- You need to attend some religious institution regularly.
- You need to have a stable job with a company that you will stay at for many years.
- You need to work a traditional job for most of your adult life, and then in your 60’s you can retire and then do what you really want to do.
Now, some people have followed many or all of these rules and are happy and prosperous. Unfortunately, there are a lot more people who have followed many of these rules and for various reasons, let’s face it, they’re miserable.
The world is changing at a rapid pace. The edge is shifting from people who are older with more knowledge and experience to people who are younger and adept at technology.
The problem is the mindset that is taught by our culture and our educational systems. This mindset keeps us from realizing our full potential and fulfilled lives.
Dr. Phil says the only difference between you and someone you envy is you settled for less.
Even before you get started, doubt starts to creep in. Is it too late? Am I too old to start something new or completely redesign my life? My answer is a quote that Mark Cuban shared from his father, “Today is the youngest you will ever be. Live like it.”
In The Matrix, Morpheus has already been freed from the Matrix and comes face-to-face with “the chosen one” Neo. He tells him the following: “It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. What truth? That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
I took the red pill, and my eyes have been opened to the real possibilities of life. I want to share what I have learned so far and what I continue to learn to help others see that there is another way to work. Another way to live.
Why is this site called Beyond Your Cubicle? The cubicle is where I have worked traditional jobs trading hours for dollars for over twenty years. For you, it may also be a cubicle. Or it could be a desk, classroom, car, semi-truck, cash register, bar, kitchen, or even outdoors. A cubicle is what I know, but this concept applies to anyone in a traditional job who is looking for more.
I am no expert. I’m not the guy who is on the beach calling it my “office” with a MacBook on my lap, flip flops, and a tropical drink with an umbrella.
I’m still in a cubicle.
But I am not going to continue to work 8, 10, 12 hours per day, 40+ hours per week sitting at a computer until something called “retirement.”
I want to go beyond my cubicle, and I want you to join me on the journey.
This blog will entertain you. This blog will question your thinking and beliefs. This blog will provide you with the knowledge and motivation to act on that knowledge. This blog will change my life, and I hope it changes yours.
Are you ready to go beyond your cubicle?
Brandon D. Wilson is the creative mind behind beyondyourcubicle.com. Born with one foot in Generation X and the other in Generation Y, Brandon combines an “old soul” approach with newfangled thinking. He has honed his teaching and communication skills as a middle school teacher, high school SAT/ACT tutor, and corporate trainer. Brandon currently works in various cubicles in the healthcare insurance IT industry as a consultant. He has a passion for technology and traveling. Brandon is a WorldVentures™ Independent Representative. Brandon is from the midwest and has lived in Arizona since 1999.