by Jeremy Michaels
Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea. There’s only one problem with it. It’s stupid! It’s the stupidest way you can possibly generate income! This is truly income for dummies.
Why is getting a job so dumb? Because you only get paid when you’re working. Don’t you see a problem with that, or have you been so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking it’s reasonable and intelligent to only earn income when you’re working? Have you never considered that it might be better to be paid even when you’re not working? Who taught you that you could only earn income while working? Some other brainwashed employee perhaps? Or it is the way you were raised?
Don’t you think your life would be much easier if you got paid while you were eating, sleeping, living life, spending time with family and kids too? Why not get paid 24/7? Get paid whether you work or not. Don’t your plants grow even when you aren’t tending to them? Why not your bank account?
Who cares how many hours you worked? Only a handful of people on this entire planet care how much time you spend at work. Most of us won’t even notice whether you work 6 hours a week or 60 hours a week. But if you have something of value to provide that matters to us, a number of us will be happy to pull out our wallets and pay you for it. We don’t care about your time — we only care enough to pay for the value we receive. Do you really care how long it took me to write this blog? Would you pay me twice as much if it took me 6 hours vs. only 3 hours? Probably not.
People often start out on the traditional income for the dummies path which is physically working for your income. So don’t feel bad if you’re just now realizing you’ve been suckered. Eventually you’ll realize that trading time for money is indeed extremely dumb and that there must be a better way. And of course there is a better way. The key is to value your time.
Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income. This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work and helping others. The system delivers the ongoing value to people and generates income from it, and once it’s in motion, it runs continuously whether you tend to it or not. From that moment on, the bulk of your time can be invested in increasing your income (by refining your system or spawning new ones) instead of maintaining your income.
Don’t let your limited experience phase you. You might think it’s important to get a job to gain experience. But that’s like saying you should play golf to get experience playing golf. You gain experience from living, regardless of whether you have a job or not. A job only gives you experience at that job, but you gain ”experience” doing just about anything, so that’s no real benefit at all. The problem with getting experience from a job is that you usually just repeat the same limited experience over and over. You learn a lot in the beginning and then stagnate. This forces you to miss other experiences that would be much more valuable in life. And if your limited skill set ever becomes obsolete, then your experience won’t be worth squat. In fact, ask yourself what the experience you’re gaining right now will be worth in 20-30 years? Will your job even exist then?
Consider this. Which experience would you rather gain? The knowledge of how to do a specific job really well — one that you can only monetize by trading your time for money. Or the knowledge of how to enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life without ever needing a job again? Now I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the latter experience. That seems a lot more useful in the real world, wouldn’t you say?
Getting a job is like enrolling in a human domestication program. You learn how to be a good pet. Look around you and observe. Really look and tell me what do you see? Are these the surroundings of a free human being? Or are you living in a cage for unconscious animals? 90% of the population works for someone instead of ourselves. We live in a corporatracry ran by corporations and banks who rule us all. Not only we work for them in some way, we also are continously brainwashed by them.
How’s your obedience job coming along? Does your master reward your good behavior? Do you get disciplined if you fail to obey your master’s commands? Is there any spark of free will left inside you? Or has your job conditioning made you a pet for life?
Now besides the corporations and banks that make us debt slaves, let’s talk the corrupted government, we which pay taxes to. Employee income is the most heavily tax there is. In the USA you can expect that about half your salary will go to taxes. The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck. But you can bet that from your employer’s perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of your pay, as well as any other compensation you receive such as benefits. Even the rent for the office space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it. You might feel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that you’re the one paying for it. Another chunk of your income goes to owners and investors of your company. And that’s a lot of mouths to feed.
It isn’t hard to understand why employees pay the most in taxes relative to their income. After all, who has more control over the tax system? Business owners and investors or employees? You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate. Your real salary may be more than triple what you’re paid, but most of that money you’ll never see. It goes straight into other people’s pockets.What a generous slave you are!
The idea that a job is the best way to generate income is just silly. It’s not even safe and secure either. You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone when you work for someone else. If you’re an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler. Simply because you’re taking a chance with your money. How easy it is for a owner or manager or supervisor to say “You’re fired” and completely stop your income.
Even when you want to increase your income, which is getting a raise, you have to sit up and beg your master for more money. Does it feel good to be thrown some extra bread crumbs now and then? Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyone’s permission but your own?
If you have a business and one customer says “no” to you, you simply say “next.” But if you’re working for a business and the boss says “you’re fired”, you have to go.
Also many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet. They hang out with the same people working in the same field. Or they even date people within their company or business. Such relations are social dead ends. Consider what it would be like to go outside and explore didn’t people in different cultures while you travel the world and experience different places.
Now let’s talk negativity in your life when you have a job. Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity to whine about problems at their companies? But they don’t really want solutions – they just want to vent and make excuses why it’s all someone else’s fault. It’s as if getting a job somehow drains all the free will out of people and turns them into spineless cowards. If you can’t call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired, you’re no longer free. You’ve become your master’s property.
When you work all day long, don’t you think it’s going to rub off on you? Of course it will. It’s only a matter of time before you sacrifice the noblest parts of your humanity on the altar of fear: first courage… then honesty… then honor and integrity… and finally your independent will. You sold your humanity for nothing but an illusion. And now your greatest fear is discovering the truth of what you’ve become. I don’t care how badly you’ve been beaten down. It is never too late to regain your courage. It’s never too late to live life because yours hasn’t end yet. Life is short so you shouldn’t want to have to trade in your time for money. Time is happiness and good memories.
Still want a job? If you’re currently a well-conditioned, well-behaved employee, your most likely reaction to the above will be defensiveness. It’s all part of the conditioning. But consider that if the above didn’t have a grain of truth to it, you wouldn’t have an emotional reaction at all. This is only a reminder of what you already know. You can deny your cage all you want, but the cage is still there. Perhaps this all happened so gradually that you never noticed it until now.
If any of this makes you mad, that’s a step in the right direction. Anger is a higher level of consciousness than apathy, so it’s a lot better than being numb all the time. Any emotion, even confusion, is better than apathy. If you work through your feelings instead of repressing them, you’ll soon emerge on the doorstep of courage. And when that happens, you’ll have the will to actually do something about your situation and start living like the powerful human being you were meant to be instead of the domesticated pet you’ve been trained to be.
What’s the alternative to getting a job? The alternative is to remain happily jobless for life and to generate income through other means. Live to love what you do. Realize that you earn income by providing value, not time. Find a way to provide your best value to others, and charge a fair price for it. One of the simplest and most accessible ways is to start your own business. Whatever work you’d otherwise do via employment, find a way to provide that same value directly to those who will benefit most from it. It takes a bit more time to get going, but your freedom is easily worth the initial investment of time and energy.
One of the greatest fears you’ll confront is that you may not have any real value to offer others. Maybe being an employee and getting paid by the hour is the best you can do. Maybe you just aren’t worth that much. That line of thinking is all just part of your conditioning. It’s absolute nonsense. As you begin to dump such brainwashing, you’ll soon recognize that you have the ability to provide enormous value to others and that people will gladly pay you for it. Everyone has talents and gifts. There’s only one thing that prevents you from seeing this truth — fear. All you really need is the courage to be yourself. Get out your comfort zone. Your real value is rooted in who you are, not what you do.
You already know deep down that getting a job isn’t what you want. So don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise. Learn to trust your inner wisdom, even if the whole world says you’re wrong and foolish for doing so. Years from now you’ll look back and realize it was one of the best decisions you ever made.