Who Told You To Work ’til You Drop?
Who said you have to work ’til you drop?
Who set this condition on your life?
I understand, you were taught this, as if it were a fact of life.
And you accepted it, as if it were a fact of life.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We all did.
And here we are.
Disclosure: Based on personal opinion, not to be taken as advice. Seek a professional if required.
You Don’t Have To Work Until You Drop
I started to challenge this idea in my mid twenties. Not because I’m some genius, or forward thinker. Nope. Simply because I hated going to work.
Work was always a misery for me -I was different.
This led me to challenge the idea of ‘working a job ’til old age’.
When your life’s made hell by your job, you start to think outside-the-box.
It’s not like we take a job for amusement, no – we have bills to pay and a life to forge.
I found that once I gave up on traditional ideas of success, I could put my energies towards ideas of freedom.
-I knew working a job ’til I dropped wasn’t an option.
Don’t Want To Spend My Life Working
Most of us don’t want to spend our lives working. But is that because most of us aren’t doing what we love, and/or can’t achieve the work-life balance we’d like?
Working wasn’t the problem for me. The problem was (1) the people, and (2) the system that empowered them.
I couldn’t afford to ‘work ’til I dropped’ because it was too harmful. But this idea, that I wouldn’t mind working if I could be free of 1 & 2, made sense to me.
Understanding that was key to being able to quit my job.
I won’t challenge mainstream conventions in this blog. But I don’t need to.
There’s no need to make the problem centre stage, when we can make ourselves centre stage: That is to say, every person has the freedom to pursue a life away from the workplace.
I can’t offer a solution for the modern world here, but I can offer a solution to being stuck, and suffering, from within it.
I Hate Going To Work
Nobody can pick you up and change your life, but I do believe it’s possible to change a life.
If you’re reading this, as a part of your own research into escaping the rat race, then it’s obviously a priority for you.
The best I can do is explain how we (my wife and I) escaped the rat race:
Funny thing is, this story would be much more palatable to the mainstream without the ‘escape the rat race’ language.
-If I just spoke about the solution in isolation and didn’t bother with the ‘I hate my job’ stuff.
But I wouldn’t write it then. My motivation is to help others stuck in their own private hell, as I once was.
Anyway, for those looking for a few tips, here’s what we did:
- Saved an extensive backup-fund (About 5/6 years of extreme saving).
- My wife quit her job and focused on starting a business.
- A couple of years after starting the business, I was able to go part-time at work.
- A year later, at 36 years old, I quit my job.
- We now run a small crafts business from home.
That’s the short version. There are a number of posts related to the general idea on this website, including:
A) How To Escape The Rat Race
B) Living A Simple Life – Leaving The Rat Race Behind
Spread The Word
There are many variables to our story, which may differ from your own.
For example, we don’t have kids, we purchased a house (rather than renting), we run a car, and so on.
Nobody can set your limit. That’s between you and life.
All I can do is offer pointers, and the subtle suggestion that you can change your tomorrow.
If you can help me by sharing a link, please do.