Today, we want to compare two great classic country songs – Take This Job and Shove It, made popular by the unforgettable Johnny Paycheck and On the Road Again by the great Willie Nelson.
A fun, yet angry song that most of us have sung a time or two in our careers.
#1 – It’s just a job.
He says, “Take this JOB …” It’s not a career or even a stepping-stone to another job. He’s not passionate about what he does; it’s just a paycheck (pun intended) accompanied by a miserable existence.
#2 – He’s suffering for someone else.
He says, “… my woman done left and took all the reasons I was working for.” He’s working at a job he hates to please someone else. It doesn’t work!
#3 – Beware of imaginary traps.
This isn’t a short-term gig. He’s been “working in this factory for nigh on fifteen years.” You can’t blame anyone else for your misery, especially for fifteen years! Yet how many people can cite a number of reasons to stay in a job they hate? Life is too short to be unhappy!
#4 – He can’t stand his bosses.
One’s a “dog”; the other’s a “fool”. It’s true that there are bad bosses in the world. However, have you ever met someone who NEVER has a good boss? Wouldn’t you think that somewhere along the way a good boss would come along?
A fun song that makes you feel free just by listening to it.
#1 – He looks forward to work.
He “just can’t wait to get on the road again.” When you love what you do, doin’ it just can’t come soon enough!
#2 – He “makes music with [his] friends.”
Have you ever been part of a team that clicked? You were so productive. Doesn’t it feel good? There’s something special about being part of an exceptional team. We all make music in our own way.
#3 – He’s “going places that [he’s] never been.”
Have you ever been around a group of people who inspired you to reach higher and higher? You want to spend as much time as you can with people like that. They’ll help you get to places that you’ve never been!
#4 – He’s “seein’ things that [he] may never see again.”
As you grow, you outgrow. You can look back with fond memories of where you used to be and how far you’ve come.
So here are two overriding lessons to learn from these two great classics:
- YOU and you ALONE are in control of your life.
If you don’t believe that, you have a HUGE problem. It’s the single most destructive thought you can have. Shovin’ It is the result. When you realize that you’re in control, you’re Lovin’ It. Life is an adventure of your own creation.
- Shovin’ It dreams of living while Lovin’ It is living his dreams.
One dreams of telling his boss to shove it. But he still hasn’t done it. Did you realize that? We didn’t until we prepared for this blog. The other just can’t wait to get back on the road again to do what he loves to do some more. He’s living his dreams every day!
|We’ve talked about 2 songs here, but there are others that inspire us in our lives.
What song gets you in tune? Let us know by sharing a Comment below!
Our bigg quote today is by C.S. Lewis:
You’re never at a dead-end because you can always do a u-turn and get back on the road again that leads to your bigg dreams.
Next time, we’ll discuss a costly mistake that you should NOT make. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!