Back in my corporate days, I was often miserable and frustrated. I day dreamed about the day I would no longer have to report to work. To no longer answer to a boss or manager and to have 100% control over my time.
There were a lot of great benefits in that job. To name a few:
– high salary with yearly raises
– huge skill development opportunities
– flexibility to work from home 1-2 days a week
Yet when I was there, I completely took all of these things for granted. Especially the salary part.
I actually “lucked out” and got a fairly high paying internship right out of university. My salary raised quickly to well above average while in my mid twenties.
I never had to struggle to make money. Never had to worry about paying bills. And I assumed this is how it was once you had an established career.
But like I said, I became more and more miserable in that job.
Eventually I quit and went out on my own. At the time, I didn’t actually realize how huge of an impact this would have on me for the rest of my life.
Earning money quickly became a huge struggle. All of my securities and safety nets were gone.
5 years later I have now figured out how to become completely self reliant and generate all the income I need through my own efforts. But this experience taught me a valuable lesson… when things come too easily, it hurts us in the long run.
Check out this 6 (or so) minute audio recording I made about this idea: