Ratliff Rants

Various rants on lifestyle, people, health, and politics…

Tag: work life balance

Isn’t It Time You Shipped?

My neighbor hates his job.

He struggles to go to work each day, worrying about what his boss thinks…getting pages every day while he is at home…all from a 9 to 5 that pretty much runs his life in his mind.

But yet he still goes…

He has this talent for writing absolutely stunning short stories and essays.  He has a talent for speaking in front of groups of people at his hated job.

Yet still hasn’t shipped any of that to the world however.

He’s 49.

I’ve asked him, “Why do you go to a job you hate, working with people you hate, earning a wage you hate?”

He replies “Because I have a secure income, and in this economy…”

I stopped him from finishing that statement.

I get sick to my stomach every time I hear it from someone in his position (and boy are there a lot of people in his position).

So I asked him, “Don’t you think it’s more of a risk going to a job you hate when you consider the risk to your health, the stress, the impact on your family, and such?”

(because I’ve been in the same position myself)

Then I asked… “And… how bad could it really get if you tried to use your gift of writing and speaking to form a work-at-home business…even if it took several more months at night when you get off of work to start the business?”

He couldn’t answer that question…but he is thinking about it.

Isn’t it time you shipped your gift to the world?

We’re waiting. ūüôā


Life Isn’t A Race To The Finish Line

“I’ve gotta paint my house.” (do you? or do you just need something to do?)

“We’ve gotta get these bushes out of the backyard by Fall.” (we do? ¬†last time I checked, we can always do it next year)

“I’ve gotta pull an all-nighter just to get this done on time.” (really? ¬†did you fuck up the management of your time to begin with? ¬†or are you going for ‘status symbol’ here?)

Jesus people.

If you keep running towards the ‘finish line’ of life, when do you stop to catch your breath? ¬†And why is it we attach some fucked up status symbol for ‘sacrificing’ so much of our lives to get things done?


Who really cares that you work 80 hours a week doing a job that should only take you 30 hours a week to complete (yet you, for some fucked up reason, stretch it out to 80, then brag about it to your coworkers)?

Here’s a little insight, nobody really cares. ¬†They are all too busy with their own lives to care about your all-nighter or 80-hour week. ¬†People might give you a pat on the back of some sort, but at what expense?

Do you really lack self-confidence so much that you need those little, tiny “hoorays” to function in life? ¬†(like the typical, ‘I need my 15 minutes of fame’ person the news media finds to interview when they bring you “live” to a scene)

So what do I mean by the title to this post?


Walk through your life…don’t run. ¬†It never has been, and never will be about how much you get accomplished…rather it’s the quality of what you accomplish that matters.

We can get how much from anyone…are you willing to step up and offer us quality?

It’s Not How Much Work You Do…

It’s the quality of what you put out that counts…period.

Personal sacrifice, working for work’s sake, putting in 70 hour weeks…what idiot thought of those ideas?

Who came up with the labor law that says you MUST work 40 hours a week to be “full-time”? ¬†And for that matter, who REALLY works ALL 40 of those hours in a week? ¬†(be honest with yourself if you think you actually do)

What.  The.  Hell?

There’s no doubt we live in a society where “how many hours a week” is some sort of status symbol (as artificial as that is, the company you work for doesn’t care about you). ¬†We live in a society where “mass-produced” is the standard of quality for the most part (did you know there is an acceptable level of deaths from food poisoning for some establishments?).

I say we turn the tables as a society.

Focus on the quality of  the relationships we have, the quality of the work we put out (I am not suggesting you get yourself into trouble, so use your own judgment), and the quality of life we build for ourselves.

Retirement is almost a myth folks, quit working so hard towards an “end” that may not exist (something like 80% + don’t have enough to retire on any how, so why work so hard for that?).

Instead, take time for the person that really matters, you.

It’s not how hard or how much you work…it’s how smart and how much leverage you generate with quality work that counts.

Think about that today…and make more time for you.

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