Think about how long it has been since you lived with your parents. Do you remember what it was like having only a part-time job, no bills, and lots of time on your hands to enjoy your life? I don’t know about you, but I certainly cherished this time as a child. I enjoyed my life to the fullest. However, it seems like once we leave home and take on the real world, we have this desire work as hard as possible to maintain our lifestyle. We all want to provide a comfortable life for ourselves and our families, right?
It’s obvious that the world has changed in terms of how much time we spend trying to keep our lives running. What I mean is that many people in the world work 60-hour weeks, have debt up to their necks, and spend money like crazy for a lifestyle that will progress slowly at best. We all want to live the American dream, so we work harder and harder to support a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our family.
Although I’m not married or have any children of my own, my past desire to have a successful banking career drove me to chase the American Dream too. That’s why I would like to share with you a valuable life lesson that taught me the importance enjoying the TIME in my life, and not to get caught up in the “busyness”.
Put bluntly, I was recently fired at my banking position. I had worked for 7 years in banking, and was considered a high-performing employee who was loyal. Others have said that I am well-mannered, hard-working and determined. I will not go into why I was fired because that is not the point of this article. The point is that my loss of employment came as a surprise. One co-worker who I trusted was not on my side like I thought, and the one person I made upset cost me my job. Even worse, my self-esteem plummeted to an all-time low. I could not sleep right for days.
The good news is that I haven’t gone back to work yet. During the past two years I’ve acquired 9 apartment units that provide rental income each month. I am currently under contract to acquire my tenth apartment. Of course, the money doesn’t flow in every two weeks, but believe it or not, I keep much more money now in my accounts than before. I learned from being fired that life goes on even when the money isn’t there. Now I search for real estate full-time and try to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. I’m actually living the life I want. As I said before, it reminds me of when I lived with my parents and had time to enjoy life.
By all means, I’m not saying quit your job to find more time. I am saying that we need to stop and think about our lives and decide if we’re happy. After all, we all deserve to be happy.
Hopefully it won’t take a kick in the ass for you to open your eyes, as it did for me.