The only reason I ever had a job and ever will have one is to be able to buy myself some freedom in the future.
I don’t care about a career. I only cared about being able to buy myself some freedom. To maybe one day do more meaningful things. To do things I really care about. Like writing this.
I was always preparing that big escape. And I still am preparing that big escape.
Does this make me a bad employee? Or a bad person? Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know. Ask my past bosses.
Look. A job is still the fastest, easiest and safest way to make good money if you don’t have any particular talents, like me. At least in the developed world.
Sure, jobs are disappearing. And competition is getting tougher and tougher. But a decent job is the fastest way to make some money and to buy yourself some freedom.
Entrepreneurship isn’t. Entrepreneurship is not the fastest way to make money. Entrepreneurship is the fastest way to freedom. But to buy yourself some freedom you need some cash first. Life isn’t for free.
And the only way to get cash first is to either work a job for as long as you need to be able to buy yourself some freedom or to plant some seeds while you still have that job that might develop into a strong enough tree over time. To support you and your family.
And that’s what many people don’t seem to get. I also didn’t quite get it at first. I still don’t want to accept it. But it is what it is.
You’re not special. Just like I’m not special. No one is waiting for you to finally float onto that stage. Even though that’s the general narrative.
Sure, for some people that might be the case. But for most of us it isn’t. And if you’re reading this you’re probably not among them either. Just like I’m not among them.
For people like us (and when I say „us“ what I really mean is „I“) who don’t have any particular skills and aren’t incredibly smart, there is no crowd waiting for us. There is no pot of gold waiting for us at the end of the rainbow that will be handed to us by that funny looking leprechaun.
Ordinary people like us have to fight. We have to fight to be able to buy ourselves some freedom. We have to fight that leprechaun. We have to fight our way onto that stage.
For people like us there are no shortcuts. There’s just persistence, discipline, a lot of sacrifice and passion. There really is no other way.
Look. That big escape won’t happen over night. That big escape will take people like us many years. Maybe even a life time. It’s a project of a life time.
And you’ll never know whether or not it’s going to work out. But it’s something worth fighting for. 100%…