When a job is boring or difficult, it is a big relief to be able to hire someone to do the work for you. Unfortunately, that cannot always be done. There are some jobs which, due to the nature of the task, simply can not be out-sourced. This article examines the two kinds of tasks that we are presented with in life – jobs that can be transferred to someone else, and jobs that the individual must do for himself.
Two kinds of work
Transferable Exertion (TE) is work that a person performs when someone else is paying them to do a job. The boss has “transferred” the exertion from himself to the employee – in exchange for cash. Here are some examples of TE: Mowing the lawn, stacking boxes in a warehouse and painting a house.
Non-Transferable Exertion (NTE) has the same inner sense of work as in TE. But the difference is that, due to the nature of the task, it not possible to hire another person to do the work for you. Here are some examples of NTE: Learning, Physical Exercise and Networking.
So a TE type job can be transferred to another person – or you can do it yourself. But for NTE, there is no way to transfer the job. If it is going to get done, then you will have to do it for yourself.
Two kinds of results
A Transferable Product (TP) is the result of TE over time. In most cases, the creation of a TP means that there has been an increase in value in some inanimate object. When someone has a paying job, it means that they are using their TE (for 8 hours a day) to create a TP for the boss. Here are the TP’s which result from the examples of TE that we gave above: The lawn is finished, the boxes are stacked, the house has been painted.
A Non-Transferable Product (NTP) is the result of NTE over time. A NTP is the positive change that has been created in either a person’s mind or his body or his relationships, by virtue of his NTE. Here are the NTP’s which result from the examples of NTE that we gave above: Knowledge has been gained, the body has been maintained, relationships have been developed.
Receiving “paid training” on the job is a bit of an unusual situation. Normally, you will only get paid for improving a TP that can be physically delivered to the boss. But, in the case of paid training, the mind of the employee is the product that is being improved. So the result is an NTP – since, the improvement to the employee’s mind is never transferred to the boss. The reason that the boss is willing to pay for the employee’s training is that he (the boss) expects that the employee will be using his new NTP to increase the efficiency of his TE in creating some other product that will be a TP.
- TE = Transferable Exertion = It is physically possible to hire someone to do this work. Examples: Mowing the lawn, stacking boxes in a warehouse, painting a house.
- NTE = Non-Transferable Exertion = It is not possible to hire someone to do this task. Examples: Learning, Physical Exercise and Networking.
- TP = Transferable Product = The end result of performing TE over time.
Examples: The lawn is finished, the boxes are stacked, the house has been painted.
- NTP = Non-Transferable Product = The end result of performing NTE over time.
Examples: Knowledge has been gained, the body has been maintained, relationships have been developed.
Using a facilitator
Sometimes the distinction between TE and NTE can be a fine line. For example, in the three cases that we gave of NTE’s, it is possible to pay a facilitator to use their effort and focus (which is the facilitator’s TE) to increase the efficiency of your own NTE.
In the case of Learning, the facilitator is a teacher. In the case of Exercising, the facilitator is a personal coach. In the case of Networking, there are many different possible kinds of facilitators.
But the facilitator can only go so far. You will still need to add in your own NTE if you are going to get the task done.
What is a paying job?
When we talk about a paying job, it means that a person is using their (already completed) NTP’s in order to channel and direct their TE in order to create a TP. For example, a building contractor uses his knowledge and experience (which are highly developed NTP’s) in order to direct his muscles (TE) to construct a house. The completed house is the TP.
Now lets take the example of a laborer. He uses his ability to communicate (which is a core NTP) in order to understand where the boss wants him to dig. Then he uses his knowledge of how to operate a hand shovel (an easy to learn NTP) in order to direct his muscles (TE) to dig. The completed hole is the TP.
In both of these cases, NTP’s were used to direct TE in order to create a TP. Then the final TP is traded for cash. So why does the contractor make $100k but the laborer only makes $20k? The answer has to do with the difference in NTP’s.
NTP’s amplify the value of TE when a person is creating a TP.
There are no jobs in this town … I think
When someone says “There are no jobs in this town” what they really mean is: “There are no TE jobs suitable for a person with my NTP skills.” In fact, except for very unusual circumstances, there are always going to be thousands of valuable NTE jobs available in any given geographic area.
Remember the examples that we gave of NTE: Learning, Physical Exercise and Networking. These NTE jobs are always available. Completing these types of jobs creates valuable, mind-based, body-based or relationship-based NTP’s.
As NTE jobs are completed, the NTP’s that are created open up new avenues and opportunities through which the owner of the NTP’s can apply his TE to create cash-valuable TP’s.
Turning down an offer
So why is it that people decline to take the NTE jobs? For many folks, part of the reason for turning down NTE jobs (or even TE jobs for that matter) is that, in their own opinion, they are suffering from a Mind-Based Habit of Low Self-Exertion (MBH-LSE).
Of course there are many physical and psychiatric illnesses which can drain away a person’s energy to engage in life. These illnesses are real. There are also times in which environmental factors can indicate that the most most appropriate action is in-action. But separately, there is also another sense in which the decision to self-exert (or not) is an inner, personal choice. MBH-LSE refers only to that component of a person’s disengagement which is, in their own opinion, a product of their own, inner personal choice.
Why is self-identification so important when it comes to MBH-LSE?
Motives are very difficult to determine when we are looking at another person. And there is a long and sore history of people falsely accusing other folks of laziness. In almost all cases, nothing good comes out of that.
But there is a principle which overrides all the drama of accusations and denials. It is confession – which is the act of self-identification.
Mental illness exists. Physical illness exists. Human choice also exists. Through self-reflection, we can sometimes get an idea of which one it is.
Get help and get active
Having a paying job means that a person is using their (already completed) NTP’s in order to channel and direct their TE in order to create a new TP. NTP’s amplify the value of TE when a person is creating a TP.
Unfortunately, MBH-LSE can cause people to skimp when it comes to NTE, so they may end up with having only very minimal NTP’s.
How about you? Are you satisfied with your NTE efforts in the areas of Learning and Networking and Physical Exercise? If so, then that is great. But, if, on the other hand, your sense is that you have difficulty in keeping yourself on track with the NTE jobs, then please consider taking advantage of the free help that is available.
Remember, you will never have to pay anything. Get help and get active!