I think there is a huge problem in our society-people work too hard and too much, doing what they don’t really care about and as a result they don’t have time for things that they do care about. Things like spending time with their family and pursuing their dreams.
Most people by the time they reach a certain age just assume that they should go and get a job. After all, that is what everyone else is doing. We go to school, we graduate and we go get a job. Most people don’t even think twice about it, don’t even consider other options. They probably know on some level that there are other options, but it really doesn’t even cross their mind to consider them.
That is exactly what happened to me; I graduated from college, went and got a job. It was a very good job -good pay, great place to work, fairly interesting.
Well, after working there for couple of months I started thinking that that is not really how I want to spend the rest of my life. I lived in Moscow, Russia at the time and if you know anything about Moscow, first of all it is huge; second of all it is overpopulated. Which means it takes a long time to get from one place to another. It was taking me 2.5 hours to get to work. And then the same to get home. I couldn’t help but think how I was wasting my time. I did read lots of books while on the subway but I really didn’t see myself doing it for much longer.
Then I moved to the U.S. Of course I didn’t have to spend as much time getting to and from work here and the hours I worked here were much shorter, but it still felt like a waste of time.
There is a huge problem with regular jobs. You get paid only when you work. You are trading your time for money. It might be OK, if you are doing something that you absolutely love and would do anyways. But most people I think are not that in love with their jobs.
What are the alternatives you might ask? Alternatives are to find something where you don’t have to trade your time for money. Where you can make money 24/7 no matter whether you work or not. For example, starting your own business where you have some kind of passive income built in, creating something that you can sell over and over again, investments, etc.
I learned that smart people create systems that work for them and bring them money 24/7. Of course, it takes upfront time and effort to build those systems, but even if it takes you 5 years to create a system, it is still only 5 years, as opposed to working for 45 years at a “time for money job”.
I also learned that smart people do what they love and enjoy. This way even if you have to work hard in the beginning and still trade your time for money, at least it doesn’t feel like work to you because you love what you are doing.
Have you ever considered that you could do something like this too? There are numerous of ways you can start your own business these days and a lot of them don’t require you to have huge upfront expenses. Every one of us has some kind of talent that other people can benefit from. What is your talent? What are your passions? Have you ever thought that you can build a business around your talents and passions?
I am in the process of starting another site where I will be explaining everything I learned about starting your own business and showing how you can make a profit with your passions. Stay tuned, if that is something that might interest you, I’ll let you know when it is up.