I met a foolish man today.

Every week day between the hours of 9am and 5pm, he goes to an office and potters around.

He answers a few phone calls, responds to a few emails, does his best to look busy.

But he doesn’t know why he does what he does. He doesn’t feel as though it makes a difference if he’s there or not and he’s worried that one day the company he works for will realise how expendable he is.

He hates his job.

He hates that it’s meaningless and that he doesn’t get to utilise his abilities to their full capacity.

He feels as though it is slowly eating away at his soul and destroying who he is as a person.

But he doesn’t believe that there are any alternatives.

He has bills to pay and mouths to feed.

He has to work and that’s all there is to it.

When his kids ask him what he does, he mumbles something about working in an office for a big company and his kids walk away shrugging their shoulders, not quite sure what this means, but suspecting that this may be their destiny as well.

It’s not as if this man doesn’t have dreams. Over the years, he has had multiple ideas for a business, but there has always been a reason (excuse?) for not doing anything about it.

It’s too risky.

It’s not the right time.

I’m not an entrepreneur.

And so every week day between 9am and 5pm he goes to his little cubicle and tries to look busy.

Of course, in his mind, it’s not his fault that he lives like this.

The government is made up of fools.

The economists are fools.

His boss is a fool.

But he’s wrong.

They’re not the fools, he is.

He hopes and prays that his circumstances will change for the better.

They don’t need to change, he does.

Thankfully, it’s not too late to change. I just hope that he makes the decision to do so sooner rather than later.

I’ve met a lot of fools in my life (and perhaps have been one myself on occasions).

But as the average person spends 100,000 hours at work, it would be a shame to waste it doing meaningless tasks for a faceless corporation that doesn’t appreciate, recognise or fully utilise your remarkable and unique skills and passions.

There is an alternative.

And on this April Fool’s Day I just wanted to remind you that it’s OK to be a fool for a day, but not for a life-time.

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