I used to work at Radio Shack.
Each morning, another male coworker and I would show up early in the morning to open the store.
The first thing we would do each day is to put that song (from the video above) on the big speaker system in the store and blast it as loud as possible.
Then we would grab these Frisbees in the back room (why were there Frisbees in a Radio Shack store?) and then we would run around the store and try to whip the Frisbees at each other while the song was jamming. We were ducking behind various displays and trying to dodge the flying Frisbees while also looking for an opening to attack the other person by throwing our weapon of Kombat.
Inevitably, something would break in the store as the Frisbees were flying around like crazy. At that point we would stop the epic battle and clean up the wreckage. We would feel bad about whatever had broken, hide it in the back room, and get back to our real job at that point (By the way, what in the heck does a Radio Shack employee even do all day? I mean, really?).
I think we even got the store manager to battle with us one time.
Pretty immature, right?
I think we all do this.
You do this too. You have your own version of “Frisbee Kombat.” Admit it, you do.
Years later, I was working in an office job, and instead of running around and chucking Frisbees at each other to cheesy techno music, we were gathered around the break room eating a box of donuts. Or we were gathered around a computer and looking at funny pictures of cats.
Or whatever. Avoiding work.
It’s all the same thing.
You’re at work, you are stuck in a day job. You need an outlet.
You need some way to feel alive.
Most day jobs don’t give you that feeling of being alive. Instead they are slowly killing your spirit.
And so we invent Frisbee Kombat. Something to distract us. To get us through the day.
Frisbee Kombat was keeping me stuck.
And since then I have had various jobs in my life, and I have always found different ways to try and cope and deal with the monotony of working (some more than mature than others, but nothing was as epic as those frisbee battles).
Fast forward to today, roughly two decades post-Kombat.
Today I am lucky enough to be “choosing myself,” in the style of James Altucher.
How am I doing this? I created a job for myself, basically. Which involved quite a bit of luck, I admit.
But I can also remember being stuck in a day job that I hated, and I can remember the exact moment when I made this decision for myself. It was an EPIC decision that was worthy of true Kombat.
And the decision was this:
“I am going to keep building businesses until I find one that creates enough income for me to kill my day job. PERIOD. I will never stop until I succeed at this. I don’t care what it takes. I don’t care if it kills me.” (Insert shot of me with fist raised, screaming “Mortal Kombat!”)
I really had those exact thoughts one day in my past and I remember my level of conviction. It was fierce determination.
At the time, I had a video game system. I have always liked to play video games. I grew up playing video games.
And do you know what I did when I had that fierce moment of conviction?
I went and sold my video games on eBay. All of them.
Because I had no need for them any more, until I was free from my day job.
My path was clear to me. FOCUS.
I had to create my own business, something that could sustain me so that I would not have to go to work and comply with a boss and an HR department and state guidelines and so on and so forth.
I wanted OUT.
If you suddenly realize that you are living in chains, you don’t want to do anything else until your chains are removed and you are finally free.
Therefore I made freedom my priority.
This was focus. It was how I chose myself.
And I realized that Kombat Frisbee and all of the other things like it (eating donuts at work, watching funny cat videos with coworkers, etc.) were part of the complacency. They were keeping me stuck. They made it OK for me to keep showing up to a job that I hated.
And that day job was slowly killing my spirit.
How did I get unstuck?
How did I choose myself?
Extreme focus. Seriously hard work. Yesterday I actually wrote over 12,000 words online, and that was just a faint echo of the real work that I did when I was gearing up to quit my day job. During that time I cranked out over 25,000 words online in a single day. That is some serious focus. Serious intensity.
That is someone who really, really wants to quit their day job.
Call me a fan boy, but I don’t care…..no one says it better than James Altucher. You might read his book if you are looking to escape from your own Kombat zone. It will cost you all of .99 cents on Kindle.
So go ahead, click on the video, turn up your speakers as loud as you can, and grab a Frisbee.
Time to break free from this madness.
Time to escape the day job.
Time to choose yourself.