Screw the Status Quo

Adam Bertram
6 min readJun 16, 2019

I would like to talk about the dangers of “fitting in” or going with the status quo, just trying to fit the mold of something that society thinks you should be. So, what do I mean by that?

I mean in a career or work environment, for example, a lot of people that I grew up with, and I am sure a lot of people that you grew up with, tended to expect you to go to college after high school and get a job. After you got that job, maybe they expected you to stay at that same job, or hop around jobs just a little bit, but always expect you to have a job. In other words, work your nine-to-five, go to work at eight or nine, come home at five spend time with the family, eat dinner, and watch some TV.

On the weekends, just kind of mill around maybe even work on some home projects on the house and do things like that.

Let me state before I get started this is no offense to anyone that actually does that, that is completely fine, but it is just not me and I think that kind of attitude is almost detrimental to your career.

I think that if you truly want to have success in your career and have success at work and to truly make the world a better place you need to be able to put in more hours than the standard 30 or 40 hours, at least at first.

There comes a point where you have to say I want to be truly successful in what I do. I want to start a business or even I want to get this great job, in order to do that you need to get past and differentiate yourself from other people in the industry, which requires a lot of hard work, which requires doing things that go above and beyond what you normally do. It requires you to not just do your own thing such as being a star employee getting your gold star in your current job and doing your 40 hours a week and being done, this requires much more going above and beyond than what you are typically used to do.

This is why I am constantly preaching about a side hustle, whether you want a side hustle as your goal to be I want to eventually work for myself, or your goal is to be I just eventually want to get a great job doing this other thing working for another company, that side hustle all kind of ties back to that.

The status quo at least where I am from, what I know a lot of people are like this as well that you…

Adam Bertram

A 20-year veteran of IT, crypto geek, content creator, consultant and overall problem solver.