There have been many requests for me to share my story in this blog. The time has come for me to sneak out “The Short Version”. I have titled it: “Escape From Paid Slavery” because I have been very passionate about giving people the opportunity to break away from the Rat Race. More importantly, I’m very passionate about giving people the ability to Recognise that they are in the Rat Race. Unless we know about it, we might just casually plod along until one day we discover it – and it is too late.
In part 2 of this article, I will share my personal story with you. For now, I will elaborate on some topics that have inspired me to strive towards financial freedom or simply: Breaking out of the Rat Race. I have gained great insights from people like Napoleon Hill, Charles Haanel, John Demartini & Robert Kiyosaki. My learnings from such great mentors have enabled me to get started on a journey that is far more inspiring than most people can imagine. There is nothing more exciting than excitement itself! Inspiration requires no motivation. It runs on nothing but pure adrenalin. Let me share this with you but first, let me talk about the alternatives. There are many and for now I will only show you a very bleak one. One that far to many people end up in…
Our Place In The Rat Race
Without getting into the topic a bit to “Deep”, I’ll explain myself about discovering our place in the Rat Race. Many, or most people are very happy with what they have in life. That is good and I do not want to take that away from them. Good luck and bless you if you have that feeling. This is An Example of a scenario I have seen far to many people end up in. It is quite sad and sets in depression for some people when they start to ask the question: “Is this as good as it gets?“.
The Rat Race Trap
Remember, this is only an example:
Childhood is over. You are now an adult and are told to “Stop Dreaming” and to “Grow Up“. As an early adult, normally you get into debt immediately and possibly never get out of it. Maybe you are supporting a family with kids. There was a time when one income was enough. No more! We are now “Liberated” and it now takes 2 full time incomes to support an average family. We put our offspring in daycare and have very little time to influence and bring up your own children. You keep telling yourself that you will spend more time with your kids next week but right now you need to focus; focus on the current issues. “I will play with the kids tomorrow“. Tomorrow never comes and next thing your kids have grown up, your boss wasn’t as loyal as you thought and broke his promises and you have become a statistic.
Most people become more in debt as they grow older and are realising that retirement is most likely not going to be paid for by the government. Divorce is a 60% probability (according to statistics) and most likely to happen when your kids move out from home and you are faced with a choice of finding a new partner whilst dealing with your ex-spouse who still tries to run your life.
Stories in the paper and on the news are predominantly “bad news stories” and don’t necessarily cheer you up. When it’s not a Swine Flu Pandemic threatening us to stay inside, it’s something else. Global recessions and other “bad news stories” tell us to stick to the safe line of Living In The Rat Race.
Bleak outlook… yes, I know and yet, this is what I have seen a lot in the construction industry that I worked in for many years. My story in Part 2 of this article will give you some more insight into this scenario that I have experienced first hand.
Take The Road Less Traveled
“If we don’t want to have the average results, that the average person gets, then we MUST do what the average person DOES NOT“.
Statistically, only 1% of the populace (in Australia) are wealthy at the age of 65. Only 4% can support themselves financially at age 65 and the rest rely on the government and their family to get them through to their last resting place. Why is it that so many people conform and subscribe to this scenario? I don’t know but I’m not playing this game. I quit the game in 2005 and started to travel The Road Less Traveled. It is not an easy road! It is scary AND it is far more satisfying than doing average things.
“We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”
I hope this gives you some insight to my inspiration to escape the Rat Race, or as I call it: My Escape From Paid Slavery. One day, I’ll elaborate in more detail on Paid Slavery and why I’m adament that slavery is still a large part of life around the world.
Until “in a few days”… when I deliver part 2 of Escape From Paid Slavery.
Have a most outstanding day!
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