Friday, January 9, 2015

Life Is Short, Do More Work

I almost choked on a piece of chicken wing when I first heard it through a friend. 

I know what you're thinking - what an absurd title!

"Life is short, do more work..."

Trust me, these were real words sputtered out by a real person, a real white-collar rat who has his life tethered to a clunky device that looks like a brick.

Oh, I think it's called a Blackberry. 

Now, I understand that followers of this blog are people who are diligently building a freedom fund to one day escape the corporate rat race conundrum. Or, perhaps you just want a choice to pursue something you've been wanting to do all your life.

But over at the other end, the majority of white collar rats are burning themselves out for a paycheck, to climb the corporate pyramid, being well aware of the fact that only a few can make it to the very top of the pyramid. 

This means that a lot of them will fall off along the way, on their ascend to the top.

"2 years more and I'll be made manager. Another 3 years after that, I'll be heading a department. 5 years later, I'll be a director and within the next 10 years, I'll have a shot at being a partner of the firm."

That's 20 solid years of working from 9am to 9pm everyday, sacrificing weekends, birthday parties, soccer matches and precious family moments that you can't playback on your 52 inch HD TV. 

All for the sake of having a shot at being 'someone' in the corporate rat cage - to continue working from 9am to 9pm every single day.

Oh god, no thanks.

I'm not drinking the kool-aid, yet.

But likewise, they may just think the same about us - people who are saving and investing, hustling, and building small businesses on the side.

We may be equally crazy in their eyes, but as the saying goes;

To each his own.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain

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  1. Josh,

    Working 12 hours every day just to show I can make it in a corporate environment definitely isn't for me. However, I do know quite some people who love working hard and climbing that ladder. I'm unsure if they'll continue to love it twenty years down the line, but they don't seem to care.

    I'll take financial freedom any day of the week!


    1. There's nothing wrong with careerism. The thing is, if 20 years down the line, they realize that they don't love the corporate treadmill anymore, will they have a choice to switch? There's exactly where a freedom fund comes in.

      It gives you a choice.