Editors Note: Obviously things such as careers and making money are not as romantic as killing Orcs in Europe, but our ability to thrive and make money is extremely important if our people are to survive. The donors within revolutionary movements are often unheralded, but their importance is legion.
We hear all the time that modern men are ‘lost’. Sometimes this comes the (liberal) media, and the discussion of such things has more than a hint of Schadenfreude, but there are also amazing thinkers like Brett McKay and Jack Donovan, who have written in depth about the difficult relationship between men and modernity, and the forces that cause men to struggle and sometimes ‘drop out’ of life.
One of the most common features of this disconnect comes with careers and the workplace in general. There is very little decent information out there for men trying to find out what to do with their lives job-wise however, and the picture is a complicated one.
On the one hand, there are more career possibilities today than at any other time in human history. However this is in many ways paralyzing in and of itself, as it presents a ‘paradox of choice’, in that there are simply too many choices. Added to this is the fact that the education system and the media and the advertising world impress upon us that we all need to grow up to have ‘extraordinary lives’. As the famous Fight Club quotes goes: “We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars.” This further adds to the paralysis.
Cal Newport wrote a great book about this very subject. You can listen to an interview Brett McKay did with him here: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/08/22/art-of-manliness-podcast-78-the-myth-of-following-your-passion/ Newport argues that instead of searching for the ‘perfect’ job- one that will impress everyone you know and will perfectly match your personality and dreams and the contours of the unique snowflake you represent- one should instead just go pick a job and then do one’s absolutely best at it. He argues that rather than carefully searching for and finding the perfect job, seeking mastery in your current job is what will really lead to passion, greatness, and the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life.
I would add to that the following: that men need to pick careers that will allow them to utilize the innate skills that define them as men. We live in a strange historical time period in which many jobs are available that literally have NOTHING to do with being human (let alone being a man). You can work as a computer programmer and not have to utilize any skills that a computer or alien wouldn’t. The same could be said of some engineering and finance positions. Not to mention the never-ending array of ‘make work’ jobs in which one functions as no more than a cog in a vast governmental or corporate bureaucracy.
Therefore it is crucial that men strive to find careers that allow them to act like men. Careers where strength, courage, mastery, and honor are vital attributes. Without doing this, they are very likely to feel bored, unfulfilled, and un-manly.
What sort of jobs might these be? I would posit the following: police officer, firefighter, community-based mental health professional, football coach, linesman, commercial fisherman, logger, welder, instructor at a school for teenagers with behavioral issues, as well as a myriad of others.
One might offer an argument that many of these are blue-collar jobs, and that such careers are dwindling out and paying less and less as our (increasingly female-led) nations are allowing these positions to go overseas. However beyond just these easy examples, there are thousands of other positions tangentially related yet offering good pay. I think there is absolutely no better career for men to get into than sales, and you can work in sales in relation to almost any other industry. Working in construction sales visiting building sites all day helping contractors to make more money is a great job for a young man. One could work in security sales, heavy machinery sales, etc. Even visiting people’s homes and selling siding to them is a decent position for a man. Sales positions also often do not require a college degree, pay 60-100k from the outset, and offer great upward mobility. For a great book on the subject read The Greatest Job You’ve Never Thought Of, by Frank Felker.
The first steps in finding a job like this- one that you as a man will find stimulating, and which will take advantage of your natural strengths- would be the following:
1. Research the heck out of it online. The advent of the internet has done more for job seekers and business starters than most people can appreciate. One can find every bit of information on any job, or on any business one might want to start, merely with the click of the mouse.
2. Talk to people in the field. Find people or companies that are doing what you might want to do. Ask them what it is like. Ask them how you can learn more. Offer to spend a few hours helping them out for free to see if you like it.
3. Read books on interviewing. Just reading one single book on how to interview for jobs will improve your success as a job seeker more than any other thing you could possibly do.
4. Apply and interview for some other jobs, whether you like them or not. Practice makes perfect, and the more adept you become at answering interview questions, the more comfortable you are in such a situation, the better you will do when push comes to shove and you are interviewing for the position you really wa. t
In conclusion, attaining a good career, even one you love, should just be the start. As we have discussed on the website before, all men should strive to cultivate passive income, so they can leave the world of employment behind, take control of their destiny, and create a legacy for their family. Not to mention, have more time to fight for the future of our people.
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