Unraveling the Myth
You’ve heard it before. Work hard. Save hard. Live your life to the fullest. The sad reality is that working hard and saving hard will rarely if ever, give you the ability to live life on your terms. The old narrative teaches us to get an education, go to work for X number of years so we can hopefully retire one day and enjoy our lives. But that’s the worst advice anyone can give (or take). Still, you check into the rat race every day, and it feels normal to you because you’re comparing yourself to others who are just as stuck as you.
Life is precious. Time is precious. And when that time is owned by somebody else, your life is not your own. Think about it. If an amazing travel opportunity came up, would you be able to drop everything right now? If you said yes, you’re in a rare position. Most don’t have the time and money (or boss’s approval) to take that spur of the moment trip of a lifetime. The truth is, most of us are time bankrupt. Our time belongs to somebody else. Even those who aren’t enslaved to somebody else are often tied to a business that can’t operate if they’re away from their desk, or to a bank account that won’t refill while they’re trotting the globe.
And while working hard and saving hard might just get you a million dollars by retirement do you really want to save all your living for the latter years? The smart person knows that living must be done today because today is the only day that’s certain. And the astute person knows there is a way to achieve that goal.
But before you quit your job in anticipation of the next nugget of truth, know this. Having a job and working hard is the first step toward achieving your freedom goals. Because dreams and goals don’t come easily. But as you start to break the old narratives of education, jobs, and savings and build a new mindset of possibilities and your ability to achieve them, you’ll start to work yourself down from time bankruptcy and rediscover your own life–the life you were meant to live.
You can live your life on your terms. You can what you love. You can pursue your dreams and passions. But you have to decide to do it. And you have to immerse yourself in the right environment with people who are not stuck like you.
And you can get started today.