Wouldn't it be nice to be secretly retired? If I lost my job today, no big deal. No fear. No anxiety. No pressure. This is the trick: to be financially free and have the choiceto continue working. But isn't financial freedom a myth? This website will provide the toolkit to gain financial freedom. Why would anyone want to keep working if money was not a concern? Why did Steve Jobs come back to the company that he founded and was fired from? The answer is choice. If money is not an issue, some might sit at home and watch Netflix 10 hours a day. Others might travel the world. Some might join a charitable organization. The key is that financial freedom allows us to make the choice -- whatever it may be. The freedom to choose is powerful.
What is a prison camp? My definition is being forced to do something against ones will. But don't we have the choice to choose our careers? Can't one be happy doing the work he or she loves? It is definitely possible, but the system often takes away the passion and creativity. Faster and cheaper is the new motto. Cut corners - no one will notice. How would Micheangelo's statue of David look if he had to sculpt the marble in 3 weeks instead of 3 years? It wouldn't be the same.
The talented student who went to medical school with the desire to help and treat patients often realizes that his dream did not come to fruition. Instead of spending time instructing and working with the patient, the doctor is required to see a certain number of patients in a given hour. Since when did the doctor get into the business of herding cattle as quickly as possible? Diagnosing at lightning speed is the expectation. Patient time is limited since the doctor must spend more time documenting symptoms rather than treating symptoms. Is this what the doctor signed up for? Not at all. But how can he or she make a career move? Not very easy when there is an extremely heavy $300k student loan chain tied to the ankle. Specialization in a way limits freedom to jump career fields. It is too expensive to do anything else. Thus, the choice is lost.
Maybe the answer is finding a career that is less specialized. That way, when a career is no longer satisfying, a career change can be made. In theory, this sounds practical. However, how many non-specialized careers offer significant financial rewards? I don't know of any. Trying new, non-specialized careers will only extenuate the prison sentence. Very few people find financial freedom while working minimum wage jobs.
I have come to the conclusion that it is possible to alter the years of our prison sentence. The 40 year life sentence can be as short as we want it. The better we manage our finances, the earlier we get out of prison. When we financially misbehave, years get added to the prison. Under the right circumstances, the cubicle farm sentence can be as short as 10 years, maybe even shorter.
Wouldn't it be nice to be perfectly comfortable with getting laid off or fired? Laissez-fair. Hakuna Matata. No worries. Any manager would be shocked by such a reaction. My work is intended to instill confidence in those who desperately seek it.