That’s right, I quit my job a few weeks ago!
I know, irresponsible, foolish and impetuous.
Especially considering that I have bills, a ton of debt and a wife to support. Plus I have virtually no savings or other income to fall back on.
Here’s the weird thing, I’m happier than I’ve been in years!
There are of course many people to blame, Tim Ferriss, Joseph Campbell and Deepak Chopra to name a few.
I mean I get it.
I get that to live in this society you need to earn your way, be responsible and toe the line. I did my best for many years to try and fit in.
In fact I chased money hard for longer than I care to remember.
I have come to the realization that it was the chasing that was the problem. I was chasing money for money’s sake. Never really owning what I was doing or caring about or contributing to the people I was involved with.
It was money and status that I was after and I wanted to get from point A to point B as fast as I could. Never stopping to think about what I was doing or how I was doing it.
Then it finally all came crashing down in May of 2008 along with the real estate market in most of the western world.
I got hit hard!
I should have seen it coming but I didn’t. In fact I was told by several very knowledgeable people that I should get out of the projects I was working on and hunker down because a crash was coming.
I didn’t listen.
I’m not telling you this to complain or whine. I want it to be a cautionary tale. Hopefully you can learn from my experience and I can help you clarify your thinking if you are experiencing similar thoughts to the ones I had.
Over the last seven and a half years or so since the big melt down I’ve bounced around quite a bit, searching for that thing that would provide me and my family financial independence as well as the time and space to enjoy it.
I didn’t know what to call it exactly I just knew there had to be a way to make enough money (the key word there being “enough”) to live comfortably yet have the freedom to pursue the things that fed my soul.
Having to show up every day to a job that sucked the life out of me was most certainly not one of those things.
I’ve had this notion as far back as high school. (Which was by the way a very long time ago, but I digress)
I’ve always had the Entrepreneurial mind set. Just didn’t quite know how to implement the strategies.
Slowly over the last few years through reading and research, trial and error, I’ve come to some conclusions.
Studying Tim Ferriss’s seminal work “The Four Hour Work Week” and others I’ve discovered a new paradigm.
It’s almost a movement, certainly a societal shift that is taking place. It includes words like “Lifestyle design” and “The New Rich”
The concept is that you don’t need a million dollars in the bank. All you need is a “Lifestyle business” that creates enough (There’s that word again) passive cash flow that will allow you to free yourself to pursue the things you’d really like to pursue.
Tim Ferriss calls it a “Muse project”
It makes so much sense to me! As I said I’ve had this notion in the back of my mind for years.
Now I’m implementing it.
This website is part of that process.
It’s not easy and just because you’ve been able to free yourself from a job doesn’t mean you don’t have to work hard. I’ve been putting in twelve and fifteen hour days for the last six or eight months.
It’s just that after you get it up and running, you’ll have the freedom to decide where you want to focus your efforts.
Just too be clear and in an effort to make full disclosure I’ll probably have to get another job (at least part time) to keep the wolf from the door over the next six months or so. It won’t be a “Career” type job, just something to keep the lights on while I scale up my “Muse”.
Done properly, in time I’ll be able to relieve myself of the need to rely on someone else’s business to provide me with life giving cash flow.
Eventually I’ll be able to pull back from it a little and for the first time ever, design the exact lifestyle I’ve always dreamed about.
Please don’t confuse this concept with those get rich quick, push button, done-for-you, make a million dollars in 5 days online scams that show a guy standing in front of a yacht leaning on his yellow Lamborghini with six gorgeous girls in bikinis in the background.
what I’m talking about here is a real world solid business model.
I also want to be very clear that I’m not trying to sell you anything. You won’t find a link to a course or even an e-book at the bottom of this post.
My goal is to document my journey towards and building of a true “Lifestyle business”
Here’s the key difference for me from some of the other jobs, investments and entrepreneurial stabs in the dark that I’ve attempted in the past.
I want to contribute to other people with this project!
I have firmly come to believe something that Zig Ziglar tried to tell me years ago.
“If you just help enough other people get what they want, you’ll be able to have whatever it is that you want.”
No more chasing money for moneys sake. My goal is to fully and constantly contribute to other people. I want to do whatever I can to help people get what it is their after. I firmly believe if I can be successful at this, everything else will fall into place.
Keep an eye on this space. I’ll be updating my progress on a weekly and monthly basis. I’ll give you full disclosure, failures as well as triumphs, what works and what doesn’t. Hopefully you can use my experience as a barometer for your own Muse.
I’m excited and motivated for the first time in years. I get up every morning looking forward to what the day will bring.
It’s pretty amazing what being gainfully unemployed can do for you!