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Monday, July 24, 2006

10 reasons you should never have a job

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When people reach adulthood, everyone and everything tells them they need to go out and get a job. Everyone else does it, so they should too. I guess if everyone else decided that jumping off a tall building was a good idea, there'd be a lot of people who'd follow them. But doing what everyone else does isn't always the best way of doing things. Here are some reasons why you should do things different to everyone else.
  1. Slaves to money

    The time you trade in order to receive money is crazy.  You only get paid for the time you work.  What about being paid for when you're not working?  What about receiving an income when you're sleeping too?  Most people think that's crazy, but if you can set something up that pays you for the time that you're living, isn't that much better?  Your plants grow when you're not tending them, your bank account should do the same.

    Many employers care more about how many hours you work than the kind of work you're doing.  They don't care what you do, or even how you do it.  As long as you're working the hours they demand of you, they're happy.  They're paying you for your time, not for your work. 

    There are few employers who pay you for the work rather than the time, but if you're getting the results that they need for their goals to be realised, then they don't care if it only takes you an hour a day!  But being paid for your work is the same as being paid for your time - if you stop giving your time or your work, you stop being paid.

    Each of those types of jobs equate value with time.  Whether it's 40 hours a week, or only 5 hours a week, the time you spend is being traded for money.

    Some people build a system for themselves that generates money every hour of every day throughout every year.  They're the smart ones!  The ones that have worked out how to bring money into their lives without needing to trade time for it.  The money they receive then helps them create more money, or goes towards the lifestyle of our dreams.  They're living the dream!  (I'm yet to achieve that, but I'm certainly working on it.)

    Whether the system is a business selling goods or services, the concept is simple.  Have something of value for people to buy, at any time of the day, anywhere in the world.  And it has to be of value, otherwise people will not spend their money on it!  Instead of trading time for money, you're trading value for money.  Now, it might take time to build the value, but once you do, you can sit back and reap the benefits. 

    There are plenty of systems out there that have already been created by others, for you to take advantage of.  Ad networks and affiliate programs are just a couple of examples.  There are plenty of other examples in bookstores or libraries, with business ideas and plans.  There's something there that you can do too, you just have to look for it.  (A good way to start looking is to work out what you love doing, whether it's a hobby or an interest or a skill that can be of value to others in some way, and then you create a system where others can find and buy the results of what you've done.)

  2. Limited experience

    Many people get jobs to gain experience, and then use that experience to go on to other jobs.  But really, the other jobs are the same as the first one...  You gain experience from living, regardless of how you live and what you do.  Jobs only give you experience at that job.  If you did nothing for a few years, you could say you're an experienced philosopher, or even a politician...

    If you want to get an appreciation of the value of experience, ask yourself if the experience you're gaining now will be worth anything in 20-30 years.  Will the job even be around then?

    Which experience do you really want to gain - the knowledge of how to do a specific job really well (trading time for money), or the knowledge of how to do enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life without needing a job again?  If you're like most people, you'd rather have the knowledge of how to enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life.  Now's the time to start finding that experience.

  3. Lifelong domestication

    Cats are domesticated.  Getting a job is like being a good pet.  Look around you at the world.  Are you free?  Are you able to do what you want, when you want, where you want?  Or are you actually living in a cage that you call society or your country?  How's your obedience training going?  Does your master reward you for good behaviour, and do you get disciplined if you don't obey your master?

    Is there any spark of free will inside of you, or has the conditioning you've grown up in made you a pet for life?  The question is, are you a pet, or a human being?  Human beings were not meant to be raised in cages, and yet that's exactly what you exist in, a cage that keeps you restrained and controlled.

  4. Too many mouths to feed

    Income tax.  You know all about it, I'm sure.  How much are you taxed on your income?  Probably quite a lot.  Americans, for example, have about half their income taxed.  Your employer pays tax on your behalf, which is considered to be part of your income, along with any bonuses and benefits.  However, everything that is paid to you or for your requires you to be paying for it with your effort.  Another part of your income goes to owners and investors.  In total, that's a lot of mouths you're feeding.

    You only end up being paid a fraction of the real value you generate, with your real income possibly being triple what you're actually paid.  Your money, that you never see, goes straight into other people's pockets.  Don't worry about donating your money... you're already doing it!

  5. Way too risky

    Many people think that having a job is the safest and most secure way of supporting themselves.  A 'guaranteed income', is what they call it.

    Social conditioning does some amazing things, like getting people to believe the complete opposite of what's true.

    When you have a job, you are at someone else's mercy.  Your boss decides whether or not you can continue working for them, and as long as you cater to their needs, you can guarantee your income.  But what if their needs change and they forgot to tell you?  What if your own needs change, and they don't like it?  How safe and secure is your income when someone else is in control of it?  Not to mention the issues of slavery that we've already discussed...

    Two words is all it takes to shatter your world.  "You're fired."  That's all it takes to take away your income.  Not very safe and secure, is it.

    Is one income source honestly safer and more secure than 10 income sources?

  6. Having an evil master

    When you run into an idiot entrepreneur, you can turn around and go the other way.  When you run into an idiot in the corporate world, you have to turn around and say, "Sorry boss."

    The word boss comes from baas, a Dutch word which means master.  In many video games the boss is the evil guy that you have to kill at the end of a level.  So if your boss is really your evil master, then what does that make you? 

  7. Begging for money

    When you want to get a pay rise, you usually have to sit up and beg your master for more money.  You have to justify a pay rise to them, prove to them what a good little dog you are.  Does it feel good to be thrown a few extra snacks for being a good dog?

    Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing someone else's permission?

  8. An inbred social life

    Many people have their only social activities through their jobs.  They hang out with the same people they work with.  These relationships go nowhere.  They talk about work during the day, and then they talk about work during social occasions too...  What would it be like for them to go outside and talk to some strangers?  Much safer to stay inside...

    if one of your fellow slaves is sold to another master, do you lose a friend or simply a fellow slave?  Why not decide for yourself whom to socialise with, rather than having your master decide for you?  There are actually places on this planet where free people get together.  I kid you not.

  9. Loss of freedom

    It takes a lot of time and effort to tame a human into an employee.  The human's free will has to be broken.  One of the easiest ways to do this is give the employee a large policy manual with all the idiotic rules and regulations that most corporations have.  That'll do it every time.  It leads to the new employee becoming more obedient, fearing that they could be disciplined at any time for something completely incomprehensible.  The employee will often conclude it's safer to simply obey the master's commands without question.

    As part of their obedience training, new employees are taught how to dress, walk, talk and so on.  Employees can't very well think for themselves, can they?  That would ruin the master's image.  Never put a plant on the desk, as that's against company policy.  And if someone finds you DO have a plant on your desk, oh no!  It's the end of the world as they go tell someone that you're not complying with company policy.

    Free human beings think stupid rules and regulations are... stupid.  The only policy they need is: "Do whatever makes you happy, as long as no one is hurt."

  10. Become a coward

    Have you noticed that people with jobs always whinge about the problems at their company?  However, they don't want solutions, they just want to complain about why it's someone else's problem.  It's as if getting a job turns them into spineless cowards who have all their free will completely drained from them.  If you can't call your boss a jerk now and then without getting fired, then you're not free.  You've become your master's property.

    When you work with cowards, you eventually become like them.  It's only a matter of time before you sacrifice your humanity on the altar of fear.  Courage, then honesty, then honour and integrity, and finally your free will.  You lose it all in favour of having a job, of being part of the work force, of fitting in with society. 

    You sold the essence of who you are for nothing but an illusion, and now your greatest fear is learning that everything you believed is wrong.

    It's never too late to regain your courage.
Do you still want a job?

If you feel defensive about anything in the above list, don't get angry at me.  Your feelings are related to your own situation.  I'm just helping open your eyes to the truth!  The truth is still the truth, whether it's me telling you, or someone else.  If you're angry about anything, then you need to look at what is really making you feel that way.  You have the power to change it.  It might mean you have to quit your job, and do something that really benefits your life, and / or the lives of others.  Whatever the case, your feelings of anger or defensiveness are signs that a nerve has been struck.  You're unhappy about something, and this article has helped show you what you're unhappy about.

What's the alternative to getting a job?


The alternative is to create other means of income that allow you to avoid working in a job.  Create something of value to others, and they will be happy to buy it at a fair price.  Start your own business.  Whatever you might do in a job, you could od in your own business, and you could do it better.  You would be in control of what you do, how you do it, when you do it, and how much you earn from it.  Make sure it provides value to others, so that they're eager to buy it from you.  Your investment of time and energy is returned to you.

Everything you learn along the way can be shared with others to create even more value.  Even your mistakes can be used to bring you money, if you can help others avoid the same mistakes.


Thanks to Steve Pavlina for providing the basis of this article, which I added my usual distinct flavour to. :-)

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Blogger Chancelucky said...

I live in a country where the "entrepreneur" is celebrated as a heroic cultural icon. I haven't liked all my jobs, but I like having a job for the most part, because I'm very risk averse in financial matters and my responsibilities are more or less defined. That's meant that I'll never be as rich as I might be, but it's allowed me to enjoy the rest of my life more.
Obviously many folk do well by "defining" their economic relationship with the world. , but what they often don't tell you is that in the US at least people who own their own businesses on average do somewhat worse financially than those who spend the bulk of their time as a full time "employee".

7/26/2006 11:39:00 AM  

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