My problem with authority – Just shut up and read!

Call me a trouble maker, call me a pain in the ass, call me what you want… (and many people have), but I don’t want to punch in every morning and I sure as hell don’t want to be told what to do. I would make the perfect employee, right?  Of course not!  Most regard the rebellious employee as a “bad” employee. I can hear the supervisor now, “If you can’t follow the rules then you don’t belong here.” To which I say, “You’re right!”   

I have had an issue with authority as long as I can remember. Parents, teachers, bosses, you name it. I towed the line in school. I sat when I was supposed to. I read what they told me to read and did well on the requisite test that followed. I walked through the regimented school day like the students on the conveyor belt in Pink Floyd’s movie The Wall. I did it and I hated it. Throughout my life, I’ve had jobs where I did what the boss told me to…and hated it, but I never let the boss know that. Again, I towed the line knowing the time wasn’t right to unleash my rage against authority.  

Some of you might be sitting there saying, “Suck it up buttercup! That’s the way life is!”  If so, to you I say, “Look and listen carefully, maybe you can hear my middle finger shouting back at you.” (Did you already forget you are dealing with someone that has an authority issue?)

Many people with an authority issue let that same issue ruin their lives. They end up in bag groceriestrouble at school, lose their job, and too often they end up in trouble with the law. The rebellion toward authority eventually gets them labeled as a troublemaker and once you are labeled it’s hard to shake that label – in high school and in life. 

But it doesn’t have to be that way…

I will be the first to say that my authority issue is a huge contributor to my success. My authority issue contributes to my confidence, passion and a determination to prove others wrong…on a scale that is off the charts some days. I hate being told what to do, so I do it my way.  My way consists of taking what I have learned from others, improving all aspects and then adding a big dose of Geof and making that new way mine.  Is it hard to break out of the archaic social and economic systems surrounding us and sucking us in? Absolutely.Does it take enormous effort to live your life on your own terms? Absolutely. Is it rewarding when you finally live life without a boss? Hell freaking yeah!

If you are a student or have a job with a boss (or both!) and relate to what I just said, here is my advice. Be smart. Learn as much as you can now. Stay out of trouble. Trouble now can devastate your opportunities later. Tow the line until the time is right. Then unleash the power of your authority issue. The resentment against authority and rage of towing the line for so long can serve as some serious jet fuel for being an entrepreneur. That’s how it was for me.  NOW is my time to cash in on my authority issue. You will get your chance, just be patient and when the time is right…don’t punch in.  

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