Escaping the rat race
Do you work full time? Because I do. If you do, you’re part of the 33-40% of Americans who do. This statistic doesn’t even take into consideration those who work part-time or those who work multiple jobs. Either way, if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve most likely had a job before.
These days, specifically in millennials and Generation Z, many people are attempting to leave traditional employment. Now more than ever, these individuals are self-employed. Yet, all in all, most of our society still works in the public or private sector. Why is this?
Where’s the cheese?
When choosing the right career path, what is most often the first question asked? Could it be, how much money will I make? Typically, this is the case, often fueled by visions of a white picket fence, a huge yard, and an enormous house. From a young age, this kind of ideology is taught throughout American homes and school systems.
Often viewed as “the way of life.” You’re born, you go to school, you get a job straight out of high school, or you go to college and then get a job if you want to make even more money. As humans, we are so conditioned from the moment we are born, that in many ways, our lives are nearly set up for us before we ever have a chance to make a decision.
Plenty of people are persuaded into a job or career they want no part of. Feel the pressure from your parents or friends to take a particular career path? You’re not alone. Let’s look at my example. Both of my parents are retired military. They served our country for nearly 50 years combined. I grew up across the street from a military base. I went to daycare on the base. I worked at a job on the base for over four years. As you can tell, I spent a lot of time around the military. Let me first preface by stating that I am extremely thankful for anyone who has ever served this country. Without them, many people wouldn’t even have the ability to be self-employed.
How easy would it be for me to have joined the military? Very. Growing up, my parents mentioned it time and time again. However, being around it so much, I got plenty of insight into it, and over the years, I knew it just wasn’t for me. In no way does this mean I’m not appreciative of the military, because I am. It merely means it wasn’t a part of my career path and, more importantly, my destiny. At this point in my life, I can’t even imagine how different things would be had I chosen that path.
Unfortunately, my example is one of many. You see, society entices many individuals into the corporate world with hopes of climbing the ladder and raising their salaries for nearly their entire lives. Escaping the rat race isn’t a one-night outing at the escape room. It requires time, a level of strategy, and rebellion. These days members of society consistently seek out new ways of employment. Many of us don’t want to give a company 40 hours of our week for little pay and mediocre benefits anymore.
If you work for an organization and love what you do, congratulations to you. Working for a company I love is my backup plan if my writing and this website never take off in the way I hope they will. Career decisions are subjective and come down to the individual. As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters. For me, that just so happens to center around the desire to be an entrepreneur.
If I had to sum up my dream job in one word, it would be an entrepreneur. By definition, an entrepreneur is someone who operates a business. But if you are like me, you know the word extends beyond this simple description. Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle, more like a way of life. It means being an opportunist and seizing every chance you get to improve and perfect your craft. Currently, I work full time in higher education. But my goal is to be an entrepreneur. How can I achieve this?
Well, I want to make this website as big as I possibly can until the point where it is self-sustaining, and I can write full time. That is my dream. I am genuinely starting to believe this is my purpose. I’ve created this website with individuals like you in mind. Those with a creative itch or longing to escape the rat race.
People who look beyond traditionalism and corporate America and yearn for more. Those who have an innate desire to be self-employed and, ultimately, help other people. That is what this website is all about. I want to help you, help me, help you. If you take nothing else away from this article, consider this; starting your path to escaping the rat race requires one thing, believing.