Get a job, you bum!
I bet you’ve heard that phrase before. My parents (and little ignorant me) pushed me to work as soon as I was legally able to at 15 going on 16. It was very exciting at the time. I work a little and I get money. What could be wrong with that?
When I first started working, I didn’t have any financial commitments like bills or car payments so all the money I made was essentially play money. I didn’t make much so I wasn’t exactly livin’ it up.
Later on, I bought my first car and was pressured into keeping my job because of it. Gas, insurance, general maintenance: they don’t pay for themselves, you know.
You probably know where this is going. I got lured into thinking that only a good job and a lot of hard work will get me anywhere in life. If you don’t have what you want, work harder. If that doesn’t work, find a higher paying job and work there.
Now before I go on about jobs, let’s start this off with the definition of money.
What is money?
Money is a tangible form of value that’s exchanged for goods and services. This goes both ways. If you sell goods or offer your services, you can exchange those for money that you can then use to purchase goods and services.
When you have a job, you’re offering your time and skills as a service to your employer. It sounds good, right? You share your value with others by utilizing your time and skills in exchange for money.
There are many problems with this way of thinking:
1 – Trading your time for money is dumb.
It’s been ingrained into our mentality that you have to work to make money and you can’t make money if you’re not working. You clock in and clock out. This greatly limits your total income potential. Say you make $8 an hour. Disregarding labor laws, if you were to work a whole day (24 hours), you can only possibly make $192. Sure, you can get a raise, but no matter how much you make an hour, you’re always limited by the amount of possible time you have to work. Do you think that your work is just worth $192? I didn’t think so.
By utilizing sources of passive income like royalties, you can make an unlimited amount of money all the time. You could make 9 cents or $1 million or even more! Although passive income usually takes awhile to generate money initially, once it gets going, it keeps going. This brings me to my next point:
2 – Jobs are too risky
This may seem like a weird thing to say, but holding a job puts you in greater financial risk than starting your own business. All it takes is for someone to say, “you’re fired!”, and that’s it, no more money. Also, having a job only gives you one source of income per job. Do you see the gaping flaw with this?
I think that it’s much safer financially to persue multiple passive streams of income than to cuddle up to one active stream of income. If you lose one stream, you find another one and have the others pick up the slack in the meantime.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not telling you to quit your job and sell all your things to make ends meet until things get going. I’m telling you to pursue multiple alternative ways to make money that consume the least amount of time. Then once these streams of income consistently give you enough money to live off of, then quit your job.
Always remember: time is far, FAR more precious than ANY amount of money. Why? Read on:
3 – Jobs kill you from the inside out
When you’re working, can you stop at any time and leave to go home and take a nap? No? You should. In order to increase productivity, many employers utilize methods that take away our freedom and use twisted logic to convince you that it’s “good for the company.” Methods such as dress code, specified lunch breaks, deadlines, codes of conduct, etc.
We are human beings, dammit! My apologies to any non-human creatures reading this (hey, it could happen). We aren’t meant to be locked away doing what we don’t want to do!
It’s a common fact that most jobs are stressful, some more than others. Did you know that several hardworking Japanese businessmen die from the amount of stress in their line of work? That’s right, die. Stress takes an unbelievable toll on your body, shaving off years of your life. Why? Just for a quick buck? Just to put food on the table? There has to be another way, and there is!
Besides the physical damage, having a job also kills you mentally as well. It takes away your freedom, your creativity, and reduces your passions into unrealistic fantasies and pipe dreams. We were meant to live for so much more than this!
Hello, my name is Andy, and I’m addicted to money
My overall financial goal is to at least make enough money to live comfortably without worrying about not having enough money, all without having a job. The reason I don’t have a set number as a goal like $1 million is because I don’t want to limit myself to only making a million dollars when I know damn well that I can make more. Also, with inflation on the rise, a million dollars over the course of a couple decades may not be that noteworthy.
To be honest, there is no cure-all for making money without a job. There are, however, many ways to find ways to make money without a job. Just Google it and you’ll get something.
One of the ways that I’m fixing my dependency on a job as my sole source of income is by blogging. Although I haven’t made much with this blog yet (it’s still less than $1 after the whole AdSense/Kontera fiasco), I’m confident that it will make me a great amount of money. I’m not just talking about using ads or joint-ventures or anything like that. I’m talking about using my blog as a way to boost my creativity.
I have a lot of things that I wanna do, so I don’t want to focus on doing just one thing even if I get really good at it. I want to learn. I want to explore. I want to create. These are the 3 basic things that I want to do while I’m still alive, and even after I die if I can.
1 – Learning
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always strived to learn new things. Whenever I didn’t know the answer to something, I used to read the dictionary that my mom bought back when she was in high school. As soon as I was able to use the Internet outside of school, I became as addicted to it as I was of that dictionary.
I was always in Learning Mode. Whether I was watching TV, playing video games, reading a book, or going outside for a walk, my mind was always open to learn something new. In recent years, I’ve been a lot less keen on learning new things. I became a creature of habit, a slave to process. My excellent logic that was once used to solve many of life’s mysteries (and a Rubik’s Cube when I was 7-ish), imprisoned me to a life that I never wanted. I never wanted to get a job. They take too much of my time and I’m not learning what I want to learn.
When I was in college, I met a man who reinvigorated my desire to learn. He was an inquisitive type, and one who knew that no question should remain unasked. He used methods outside of logic to solve problems and answer questions. He totally blew my mind!
I’m so thankful for college! If I had decided not to go, I’m unsure if my desire to learn and grow would come back to me. It is because I want to progress as an intellectual that I’m trying to get back into college. To be honest, I didn’t really learn much in the classrooms. It was my experiences with my fellow students and my new surroundings that I learned the most from.
2 – Exploring
When I was living over at my aunt’s house, I felt incredibly trapped. Living in a small town, there wasn’t much to do. An exciting night would be to go to McDonald’s and get something to eat. Whoopie.
I became so frustrated with my living situation that I began to take daily walks around town. I first began to take long walks back in college and I loved it! I walked pretty much everywhere. In town, the different neighborhoods, and even on the outskirts of town.
It got to a point that even walking around town was becoming a process and I was stagnating. One day, I challenged myself to ride my bike all the way to Wal-Mart in the next town. It was over 20 miles round trip so I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t have the energy to get back or even get to Wal-Mart. I was determined, and made it there with no problems. When I got there, I sat down and I thought my legs were shot. I sat there for about 15 minutes before I walked around the store and decided to head back. I came back and took the best feeling bath that I’ve ever had! I was so proud of myself!
I would like to live in Japan after I graduate BGSU (or even while I’m attending if I can). The reason being is that I want to explore my world. I know that there’s a life beyond Ohio. Beyond Mercer County. Beyond Celina. I don’t want to succumb to the notion that I can’t leave because I don’t have enough money or my family will miss me or whatever. There’s always opportunities to make money and there’s no rule against visiting your family.
3 – Creating
Because I love to learn and explore, I also love to create. I didn’t start to really write stories until I was in high school. I’d usually write down little ideas for a TV show or a game or something.
I remember one day, I decided to see how much I could write about this series called The King of Anime Tournament. It was inspired by a fanfic that I read that had Pikachu beating up someone from DBZ (I forget who) in a wrestling match. I ran with the idea and made it like Celebrity Deathmatch meets WWE meets anime meets the Olympics. I wrote the entire script for the first tournament and wrote most of the second one. I plan on revisiting it and possibly posting it someday, but I’m not 100% on it yet.
As I said in my recent post, I plan on releasing a light novel on eBay once I finish it. I think that I can tell you guys what it’s about. It’s called Bike! and it’s a story based off my love for biking and exploring. It’s about a 20-year-old freeter (a guy who jumps from job-to-job and doesn’t make enough to support himself or others) named Stone who feels stuck living in his small backwards village in Japan. After helping out an old lady, she gives him a bike called Yama-89. One day, Stone gets so fed up that he takes all his things, puts them on the bike, and leaves. He begins a journey that takes him far beyond his village and he learns a lot about modern-day Japan and himself.
The Three Principles
The three principles of learning, exploring, and creating are synergetic. If you love to learn, you explore and create. If you love to explore, you learn and create. If you love to create, you learn and explore.
Whether you do these things subtly or it’s blatently obvious, it’s all connected. If you learn something about Japan for example, it gives you the desire to explore Japan and make note of what you learn, be it via blogging or making a scrapbook.
I’ll be discussing how these principles work in an upcoming post.
So, do you still want a job?
Do you want to live life to the highest and beyond? Or do you want to wallow in self-pity and doubt?
Do whatever you can to change your life, be it a big change or a small one. Take a class at a community college. Write a short story or poem. Start a blog and talk about whatever you want. Take a walk outside. Visit another city.
Remember, a lifelong journey begins with but a single step.