It was the summer holidays in high school. As a kid everybody loved the summer holidays. Especially If you were a kid like me who not only hated school, but it didn’t match my skill-sets or interests.\nPeople spent summer holidays fucking around and having fun for the most part. Summer holidays lasts for 6 weeks before going back to school. At least here in the UK.\nDuring that time at the age of 15, I had work experience for around 2-3 weeks. The job I got work experience in was a typical factory job that dealt with furniture products.\nHow “exciting” I thought to myself. But I got on with it anyway.\nThe name of the company I did work experience for is – Adam’s Furniture group. \nThey’re now out of business.\nWhile I worked there I remember a man in particular. Can’t remember his name but he showed me what needs to be done, how to do it, how to package the furniture, and things of that nature.\nTypical factory stuff that’s boring enough to kill you from the inside out. And strip you of your happiness.\nI’m not sure what day it was or how long I’d been there at this point, but not long after starting the man who was around 49-51 years old said something to me.\nSomething that at the time I didn’t understand as well as I do today. Though I did intuitively understand what he meant by it.\n\nHere’s what he said:\n“No matter what happens, you don’t wanna be doing what I do at my age.”\nAnd that’s what he told me in a nutshell. I’m sure he told me a little more than that, but that what was the depth of it.\nThe look in his eyes when he said it, well, I could tell he was being deadly serious. He had an intense look in his eyes that day.\nFast forward to today and now I understand what he meant by those few, meaningful words. This is what he tried telling me that day, or at least what I interpret:\n\nThe last thing you need to be doing in your 50’s is working in a factory job that doesn’t pay well.\nThere’s nothing aspirational about working in a minimum wage job.\nHowever you do it, find a way to make something better out of your life.\nDo whatever it takes to get yourself in a better career.\nRefuse to settle for less than you can have.\nThe picture society has drawn out for you isn’t as sexy as it looks.\nWorking long hours with little compensation isn’t worth the sacrifice.\nWorking long hours and having little time for your life is foolish.\nBeing trapped in doing something you don’t like, with tiny rewards is NOT the way to go.\n\nToday that man is in his 60’s. Or at least he should be. And since the company he worked for has gone out of business, who knows what his life situation is today.\nThe point is though, he taught me a valuable lesson I won’t soon forget. And now I understand more than I ever did at the time, I couldn’t agree more with the meaning behind what he said.\nNot only is his message relevant to 2016, but in 2016 things have changed a lot.\nPlenty of jobs have been replaced or are being replaced by technology and software.\nAnd believing in the bullshit story society tries to sell you is naive at best.\nGoing to school, getting a job, and living happily ever after is nothing but a myth.\nSuccess is NOT a straight line.