Let your 9-5 be your inspiration!

Last Update: December 17, 2020

So it's now been almost 2 months for me, since joining WA, and learning how to create a website. I have been amazed at how much I have already managed to pick up and learn during my time here, and just at how resourceful this platform is for practically anything one wishes to know about creating websites, and an online presence.

I have been thoroughly enjoying my journey here thus far, but with my recent turn of events in life, everything in my family & home life has been turned up upside down, with my wife now requiring another 6 weeks of rest following surgery early this week-where she's not allowed to lift either of our children!

The healing time my wife requires simply means that family life will obviously have to continue as close to normal as possible-without having mum able to do much for the little ones-further adding to my very busy workload.

That doesn't bother me at all, I'm all about doing absolutely anything I can to help my family members in any way, shape or form. The part that bothers me, is that I've been having a lot of issues with my website lately-in terms of menus, page layout and varioius other areas.


These issues have been quietly driving me insane a little bit lately, and with the added other pressures on me at this time, there have been moments where I've thought "Should i even BOTHER trying to fix my website, or just throw in the towel, since I'm not making any $$ from it yet, don't quite know what I'm doing and don't really have time right now" but then I go to work, put in my 8.5 hours, doing work that will have absolutely zero effect on any part of my future, or financial freedom goals.

And it's in those hours, at my work desk, (where I am sitting as I write this on my break!), I am constantly reminded of how dull, boring and 'lifeless' life itself can be when we spend 40 hours per week or more, plus 1 to 2 hours per day travelling to and from that job, and THEN try to fit our 'life' into the rest of the time.

Since I started my first 'proper' job, working as a checkout operator at a supermarket, when I was 14 years old, I can now say that I've spent easily 25+ years working for practically all money I've ever had. About 99% of the jobs I've done in that time have been full time, ranging from 35 to 60 hours per week. Some of those jobs provided the odd taste of 'staff perks' here and there, never anything to write home about, but THAT is exactly the part that got me thinking this morning about all this.

I just find it funny that the whole 9-5 work day structure, is something that's now so well ingrained in many of us, that we'll go from job, to job, to job, constantly searching for, but generally not finding that 'thing' we're seeking, that will ignite something inside of us, to propel us forward, make tracks on our goals and dreams, and start LIVING.

We will, as I do, trade at least 40 hours a week to these jobs that hold no passion or excitement for us at all, and often only just pay enough to clear the bills, with not much left-and we do this, because when we were young, we were told that was the 'safe' way to go about life.

But then when a REAL opportunity to live life on your own terms, such as this WA platform, many of us are often critical, as it sometimes seems 'too risky.' I've been told many times that around the 6 month mark on here is when many will quit, if they haven't made their millions by then, but then what? Then we'll go back to that crazy endless cycle of giving up all our time again for a wage-ALOT more time than 6 months usually too.

Why do we do this? Because it's just what we know, based on what's been passed down to us, and the so called 'safe' option.

Well 2020 has certainly taught us all what can be possible when we are forced to pivot, and change our approach. With new and exciting platforms, systems and programs like the opportunities provided here on WA- to push ourselves further into exciting new futures, a new way of living with some purpose and doing something we're actually passionate about, are becoming very real possibilities.

2020 also taught many of us, that those 'safe' jobs aren't always as safe as they may seem at first glance, so there's almost never been a better time to start finding a way to incorporate your passions into your daily 'work' life.

So for now, I'm going to try to let my 9-5 continue to inspire me to do better, work harder, OUTSIDE of my fulltime job, to create the life for my family and myself, further down the track that we really want (and need!).

I hope you are well and looking forward to the approaching weekend. Here it's Friday morning, so HAPPY FRIDAY to all the WA family.

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davebux Premium Plus
Matty, sorry to hear about your wife. If it helps, I had similar this summer. My wife fell and badly broke her arm. For six weeks or so I had to do everything, literally everything. And try to fit in my work. But I persevered (no choice) and gradually she was able to recover and do things herself. Like you say Matty, you just do whatever for your family. She’s never thanked me but that’s par for the course I guess.
Be strong mate and above all, look after yourself, get some rest. You cannot look after your family if you are not looking after your own health too.
Bux
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Mattylinc Premium
Thanks Bux, I definitely feel you there, trying for some well needed rest tonight, had quite the day with my autistic son-multiple very public, very monumental meltdown/tantrums over the tiniest of things.

Once wifey returns home, it'll be similar to your situation, we've been told 6 weeks too-no driving, no putting kids to bed (like our daughter who flatly refuses to let me or grandpa put her to sleep!) etc.

But 100%, I'm still making sure I get my workout in each day for sure, need to get as fit as possible to try to keep up with these kids lol.

Take care brother, hope it's not too cold over your way at the moment.
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YvonneBray Premium
Great post Matty, you have left me wondering.
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Mattylinc Premium
Thanks Yvonne, glad to hear it :-) All the best
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Matty--a very thoughtful post, indeed, which gives every something something to ponder for sure! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the first day of your Frisatsu!

Jeff
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Mattylinc Premium
Thanks a lot Jeff. Hope your weekend comes soon enough, and treats you well :-)
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JeffreyBrown Premium
You're very welcome, Matty! I hope so too! Same for yours, my friend!

Jeff
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Newme202 Premium
Very positive way to look at your present job Matty.
Your various ways of making life positive even when you don't feel it is amazing

I know that it doesn't feel like it now but I know that your online businesses will prove useful on the long run

Keep at it Matty. It is worthwhile doing so!
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Mattylinc Premium
Thanks heaps for that Simone, appreciate that.

And yes, I certainly hope that it all proves useful in the longer term. I've recently received some very helpful, in depth feedback about my website, which has confirmed that I've been doing many things WRONG completely on there-and wondering why not appearing in google searches etc.

As I've never been a hugely 'savvy' individual, when it comes to technological stuff, just a huge passion for writing, I've realised I still sadly have A LOT of work to do to try to fix my site and truly putting something of value out there.

THanks again Simone, all the best to you and yours as well!
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Newme202 Premium
Matty, I'm really sorry about you getting that news. Has your website already been indexed by Google?
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