My inspiration for this post came from Inc.com
Use these four tips to escape the vicious circle and invest in yourself instead.
It’s difficult to specify the moment you joined the daily grind. It just kind of … happened. When you were in school or university, you probably didn’t have much money. Whatever money you had left bought you some beer or a dinner out with friends.
You entered the workforce and started making real money. When you got a promotion, you still can’t get ahead because your burn rate keeps pace with what you make.
The problem with the hamster cage is that there’s no finish line. There’s nobody waiting at the end to give you a medal and a beer.
The wheel just keeps spinning. And the longer you’re caught within this cycle of consumption, the more natural it becomes.
You forget that it wasn’t always like that.
How to Quit the Wheel
The very first step toward escaping the rat race is being able to see the rat race. When you’re just aiming to maintain, it’s easy to saddle yourself with a hefty mortgage and an expensive car payment. After that it’s east to convince yourself that’s what will make you happy, but it’s important to realize that your stressors are entirely self-inflicted.
The good news is that you got yourself onto the wheel, which means you can get yourself off of it.
1. Change your workweek.
The 9-to-5 grind is gospel in the rat race, but it’s not the most ideal way to put money in the bank.
Rather than emphasizing putting out fires and generating immediate results, consider dedicating at least 15 percent of your time to activities that improve your quality of life and 40 percent of your time to developing new platforms (rather than maintaining existing ones).
Supposing you spent Monday, Wednesday, and Friday knocking out your daily priorities and dedicated Tuesday and Thursday to focusing on a new long-term project? Imagine you took some days off? It’s crazy, I know, but shaking up your routine can help you exit the wheel.
2. Pay yourself.
If you talk with a rat who has been running the wheel for several years, he’ll tell you that he earns 10 times what he used to, but his quality of life has not improved. The more he works, the more he spends, and the faster his income disappears.
If you intend to escape this vicious cycle, you must pay yourself first and sock some money away to accumulate for the future.
3. Only buy things that add to your quality of life.
Our culture of consumption is often what pulls us into the rat race from the beginning. It’s drilled into us from a very young age that a big house with a yard and a white picket fence is central to the American Dream, but did you really buy a house, or did you just get yourself a job as a handyman/gardener?
Eventually, the material you own starts to own you. Whatever you spend your money on, make certain it contributes to your quality of life.
4. Lead by example.
When you plant your feet on firm ground for the first time in years, you might take a look around and notice you don’t have much company. The rat race may have even consumed your business.
To help your employees escape the rat race, you first will need to demonstrate proof of the concept in your own life. Then try providing some time during the week to work on their passion projects, and encourage them to invest in themselves. Because, you don’t want a bunch of people working on the wheel for you when you worked so hard to get off of it yourself!
Once you escape the battle of life, you’ll have the opportunity to move freely and appreciate the world around you without getting dizzy.
Remember: Life is a journey, not the destination, and you don’t want to spend that journey on a treadmill going nowhere.
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