Is it Possible to Escape the Rat Race?
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Sitting here in my cubicle, I start to get antsy. I look down at the clock again. 3:45. One hour and 15 minutes until I get control back of my day. Only 10 minutes have passed since the last time I looked.
Now don’t get me wrong. I have a good job. It’s probably the best job I’ve had in the 10 years that I’ve been out of college (ugh, it pains me to write that – where has the time gone?). I don’t have a crazy boss and I don’t have to perform mind-numbing or degrading tasks. The economy still stinks so I’m lucky to have a job.
But over the past year, I’ve been wondering if there’s more out there.
I’m currently working as a search marketer for a company in the eCommerce payment solutions industry. Search marketing is my thing and I’m so happy to have found my calling. I’m doing what I love. What I don’t love is reporting to someone else, working for someone else’s bottom line, being a slave to the 8-5 schedule, and letting someone else decide my income and how much time off I get.
I stumbled across a book today that sounds really interesting and I’ve added it to my reading list. The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco is not a “get rich overnight” kind of book. From the description and an interview I read with DeMarco, the text talks more about the fact that most of us are conditioned to live in the “slowlane.” Go to college, get a job, scrimp and save for retirement, retire at 65 (or older) and finally be free. But how free can you be after you’ve worn yourself down from working the grind for so long? How much enjoyment is there in spending the majority of your adult years toiling away just to retire and be so old you can barely enjoy it?
DeMarco also talks about “hope.” This “slowlane” lifestyle is based on just that: hope to have and keep a job, hope that the stock market and investments work in our favor, hope that we live to be old enough to retire. The “fastlane” is about taking the bull by the horns and being an entrepreneur of sorts. Find a problem that needs a solution and start a business based on that. Make the business scaleable so you’re not just trading your time for money (i.e., being only a personal trainer won’t make you rich; you can’t train 1,000 people a day – but creating a fitness product and selling it to the masses will).
This really resonates with me. I want out of the rat race and into the fastlane. I don’t want to have to give up all the things I enjoy to try to save more money in the hope that I can retire comfortably. I want to call my own shots and generate some passive income and a very decent wage. I want to be the one who decides what I do with my time.
Heck, there are teens out there who are already making money online. They will probably be millionaires by the time they’re 30. I need to catch up. It’s not too hard to get a website developed, hook it to an internet merchant account, acquire a dropshipper, and start selling products. Or be an AdSense publisher. Or be an affiliate for a company. None of this is hard, it just takes a lot of work, and a real commitment. You gotta want it. I really, really do and I’m not alone.
Anyone else out there ready to take the leap?