When your in the moment and grinding away at working, it’s important to remember what/why you are working.
Some people love their career choice and can’t wait to go to work. For me my job is a means-to-an-end. It doesn’t define me and I don’t particularly like it. I work to support and provide for the many persons living under my roof. It’s not a dream job. It’s a job I tolerate, some days better than others, and put up with to get money. It is a very shallow and base mindset I have towards my job. So why not do something different?
A few reasons:
- It pays decently (enough to support us and allow us to save a good size chunk).
- I am able to work from home. No commute, $$ savings, less stress, more flexibility.
- At this point in life I am not in a position to be taking risks.
At some point in the future, 7-10 years from now, I will pull the plug on the job and be “retired”. Then I will play hard. For now I play semi-hard. While I have to work 40 hours a week, I still get to have a fair amount of fun and do things I enjoy: family time, running, working on cars. At this point in my life it is a balancing act between Work and Play.
Let’s face it. Unless you are a trust-fund baby or a Kardashian, most of us are going to have to work for an extended period of time. While it might be fun to have a large trust fund and not having to work, being a Kardashian is just gross and nasty. So for the rest of us that have to work. How do you go about it and not let it suck your soul dry?
Work has become a four-letter word. People love to complain about, yet for most of us, we will be working for half of our life (or longer). And those working years are our prime years.
Here is listicle of advice for my kids on surviving and thriving at work.
- Plan now or you will be working FOREVER. Work early – Work often. Save early – Save often.
- Working forever is fine if it’s what you want. But wouldn’t you rather have the flexibility to work or not work?
- When you start a new job, bust your butt the first day at work. Make that good first impression on the boss and coworkers. This applies to a teen working at McDonalds as well as to an adult working in an office.
- Find one or more things you love to do. Things you would do for free every day for the rest of your life.
- Figure out how to make money doing those things and do them. Even if it’s not much money at first and you have to do them part time.
- If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die – Warren Bufffett
- Working for The Man is ok. Working for yourself is far superior.
- You don’t have to have a high salary to get wealthy. But it helps.
- Have MULTIPLE revenue streams. Examples: W2 job, consulting, rental income, eBay sales, cut grass, start a business, dividends, blogging, create YouTube content, Uber etc.
- Remember to have fun.