If you’re here reading this article, you’re probably looking for something more than the repetitive, job-dependent lifestyle you’re living.
You want to be like Neo from the Matrix and take the red pill so you can gain awareness of what else the world has to offer you. From the “precious” view of your office window that you’re lucky enough to have, you see people freely wandering outside during “normal” business hours.
You want this, too.
What Is The Rat Race?
The rat race is about trading your time for money in order to meet your financial obligations, rent/mortgage and bills for example. It is about competing with the rest of society in order to get that promotion so that you can have even MORE money.
Without fully realizing, people become even more dependent on money as they get more of it. Their lifestyle and spending scale up along with their income. Rather than practicing stealth wealth, people feel the need to uphold a certain image of their status commensurate with their career accomplishments.
Fear Versus Passion
Most of all, the very foundation of the rat race is based on fear. People are afraid of being poor and not having enough to survive. They are afraid of an endless number of potential adverse circumstances that might happen.
A majority of these could-happen disasters are psychological.
One of the main tenets of this website is to find and fuel yourself with your passion, rather than operating based on fear. So many people are paralyzed by inaction because they’ve been conditioned to stay in their comfort zone. People are taught to be this way at an early age whether by their parents, teachers, or other authority figures they come across in society.
For many years, Garmeon felt the need to go to a reputable university, work for a big prestigious firm, and be the breadwinner in the family. Once he found out through a lot of grueling trial and error that that wasn’t the only way to live, he became free to explore.
We’re not about just spouting idealisms without presenting a solid, actionable plan on how to achieve freedom.
Here are the following steps to overcome your fears.
- Accept that the traditional career model is only one of many paths of life. Either embrace the structured, laid-out path in pursuit of more money or choose to look inwardly and question whether you have a greater purpose than stacking dollar bills.
You would think having the luxury of free time without worries of money is a good thing, but some people TRULY don’t know what to do with themselves in retirement.
If you’re willing to go down the path we suggest, value your time NOW over money. Use that time to meditate and reflect on how you could be working towards a cause that is fulfilling to you and has a positive impact on the world.
Garmeon had to explore multiple career paths before finally choosing an entrepreneurial one. Even after choosing to run a solo business, there were many options to explore and choose from.
The point is the path to where you belong is not a straight and easy one.
- Figure out your financial independence number. This is the amount of money you need before you cut yourself from the rat race. Earning anymore would be considered hoarding without a purpose. With some strategy and discipline, even a person with a lower income can become financially free.
Keep in mind, though, FIRE (financial independence, retire early) does not necessarily mean living a life of luxury and excess. You would be surprised at how little you need to live on if you learn to spend and save wisely.
You don’t want to live life with the regret that you spent the whole time piling up money and not having the health/energy to enjoy life to it’s fullest.
While working towards your lofty financial independence number, keep in mind especially in this day and age life is fleeting. Prioritize the current moment over over-planning for an uncertain future. It’s all about action and execution of the plan, even if you don’t see the whole picture yet.
Rather than using your job as a way to avoid life’s uncertainties, meet them head-on. View them as a challenge and an adventure. Each day is filled with excitement and novelty.
Few people are blessed with the opportunity of finding their true passion in life. It is something that you find through a mix of hard work and readiness for the opportunity.
True passion can even be viewed as a failure in the traditional sense. As mentioned in a previous post, one person we know has relentlessly been pursuing an engineering degree for sixteen years and counting. He has his challenges in the classroom but is good with his hands. He gave up many years of income if he were to pick up a trade or vocation.
That is passion.
To not give up despite all the challenges and setbacks. That is passion.
Another way we try to convey freedom and the journey towards self-awareness is through travel. Traveling in a non-touristy fashion allows you to see the perspectives of all the different cultures around the world. Traveling is a good time to re-evaluate your goals/priorities and discover your purpose.
The mission that we’ve designed for ourselves is to help those that need help to become financially literate and direct them towards a fulfilling life’s purpose.
What is your mission?