My wife and I have been having a lot of discussion lately about some of the changes we want to make that will help us reach our goals in life sooner rather than later.
Don’t worry – there’s nothing wrong with us or our marriage. But for reasons I won’t get into publicly, let’s just say that the working-world has decided to pose some complicated challenges that would otherwise make it take longer to get there.
Since going down this path of reaching financial freedom, we’ve both been so completely infatuated with the goal of getting there. We’re seduced by the thought of what our lives will be like when we do.
Unfortunately though sometimes even though you think you’ve got all the pieces to your life in place, things beyond your control will try to compromise your progress.
Thankfully we’re strong enough that we won’t let it.
Breaking the Basic Bargain:
When I first started out my career, it was with one ambition only: To take care and provide for my family.
Your compensation is the basic bargain (to borrow from the philosophy of Henry Ford). An employer pays you because they need your services, and you provide to them good services because you want to keep receiving that paycheck.
As we get older, our goals and motivation will change. Sometimes part of the bargain is to seek more power. Sometimes we simply seek more money. Regardless though of what the reasons are, our reasons are still ours and ours to decide for ourselves.
That is … until there is manipulation. None of us lives in a vacuum. We are all influenced by other people and powers. Our work is no different.
Sometimes these other influences will tell you things that aren’t true. And you’ll be too blind to know it. You’ll wear a shroud of ignorance that obscures the goals in life you had previously set. You’ll forget to keep your eye on what the long-term prize really should be.
Be wary for it is an unfortunate circumstance of some people to push others to results if for only their own selfish needs. They don’t care about your outcome. They see you as disposable. They abuse the basic bargain. And it’s even more regrettable that we let them treat us like this in that regard.
You Are in Control of Reaching Your Own Goals in Life:
What happens when your employer violates the basic bargain? What happens when they abuse their position by creating an impasse where your talents and compensation are no longer proportional?
Are you just supposed to sit back and take it?
Fortunately my own personal mantra won’t allow me to be shut down so easily. I value my time and money too much to let it be restricted by the opinion of anyone else.
I reject the arrangement that your paycheck should be your life line. I just can’t accept the notion that my life goals and dignity should rest upon the decisions of others.
Proving to myself that I didn’t have to rely on an employer forever was part of my motivation for starting this blog. I wanted to transcend this hypocrisy. I wanted to rise to something greater. I wanted to be more than just normal or a cog in the system.
This cog has some pretty big plans. My wife and I plan to one day soon have enough income sources that we don’t ever have to work again for money. That way we can spend our time any way we please. With our kids, with our hobbies, with our passions, with each other. I can pursue my life-long passion of helping others with their finances. I can fulfill my dream of going into business for myself.
It’s been said before that if you aren’t making goals and plans for yourself, then someone else will.
One of my favorite things about blogging is that it has taught me that this myth of making money online is really not a myth at all. It’s a reality!
The myth I’m talking about is this ability to make money appear literally out of nowhere. Each and every day I check my affiliate income only to find myself in awe as to how it is that my account is somehow $25 to $50 more than the day before.
What other proof do you need than cash in the bank? That’s real power. When you’re the one pulling the puppet strings and accelerating your way to your goals faster than everyone else around you, then you know you’re doing something right.
That’s the one truth I focus on – Knowing that I won’t ever have to compromise on my goals in life. No one can steal them from me or prevent me from getting there.
When you actually believe in yourself and understand what it is that you’re capable of, that’s all you’ll ever need. No contempt or discern for your talents from others will be enough to limit your potential. Vanished is the fear that employer uses to hold you in place. You are your own conscious. Make your own arrangements. Be capable of much more than you they could ever imagine.
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