How can I overcome being a wage-slave?

 Alex Z (@GanjaGuru)6 years, 5 months ago

So I am 18 years old and I have been working a minimum wage job for a while now and I am starting to become more turned on to the idea of someone starting my own business of some sort. I don’t have a desire to make a ton of money but I would like to be free from bosses and long hours. I want to be able to make a living doing something that I love, I am interested in music, art, meditation and philosophy, but I’m not sure where to start really. I was wondering if anyone had any advice or better yet, could suggest and good self-help books on the matter.

December 27, 2014 at 2:22 am
Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

It’s a matter of perspective, our work pays for our play and our play recharges us for work, that isn’t “wage-slave” that is just process, the facts of life. Work to fund your fulfilments, work has never pretended to be fulfilling, but in the odd chance you get to make a decent living from your fulfilments you could consider yourself extremely lucky but that shouldn’t be the thing that drives you to your fulfilments.

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aidan (16) (@akira808) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

Are you kidding me? Its up to hover reads this whether or not they want to listen to this prock but don’t solve the issue of “I do not want to be a cog int the machine” with “thats just how life works unless you get lucky”. come on man this is high existence

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

I think High Existence doesn’t ignore reality, it is more about your own internal mastery than controlling the world, nothing wrong with keeping things in perspective otherwise you will always be disappointed.

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aidan (16) (@akira808) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

good luck with that bud

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

If you want to roam the world you can, there are options out there to suit what you want, I’m just saying don’t expect it to come free, that is pretty na├»ve, no one likes people who take and never give back. It depends on what you want but becoming a “cog in the machine” is a matter of perspective, people come to terms with that as a valid option to support the things in life they really want.

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aidan (16) (@akira808) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

I’m just saying good luck bud

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aidan (16) (@akira808) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

Yeah absolutely. I’ve been in the same place since i left high school. A goo place to start is The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg.
And me and my friend actually had a conversation about this the other day. I asked him what he would think a cool job would be and he said a job where he didn’t have to work for somebody else, did not have to work long hours painstakingly, and enjoyed what he did. Super fucking vague when i wanted him to actually tell me something he thought would be cool. Well, we talked for a while and we got into the ice of starting businesses, his family owns liquor stores and mine owns a paddle board shop, so we both know a little about starting up and getting to the point where you as an owner don’t have to actually work very much anymore. We, again, vaguely narrowed it down to a few key aspects of what would make a successful business. Location. Intense work ethic. Patience. Location is very important because, from a liquor store standpoint, if you aren’t in a spot that advertises itself, so that when people want to get what your service or product its easy for them to identify you and get to you. From a paddle board perspective, being close to the water is necessary, as is being open enough to the flow of traffic so that people, again, don’t have a hard time finding you. My shops in los angeles, so plan accordingly y’know?
Work ethic is the second we came up with, but we decided that if you lacked any one of them, you robustness would probably fail. If you have a good location and patience, but don’ tactually do the work yourself, your business will sink. For one you, as the owner, are going to need to know the ins and outs of the business and be the best at the job so that you can teach employees and so that they feel that when your around their job is a little easier. For two, for the first few years of your business you are going to be dirt poor. You will have only enough money to keep your shop open (if you redoing retail like me and my friend do) and pay yourself. As a year or two goes by (really the amount of time is dependent on your shop and your situation) you twill be able to hire employees to take the reigns of the business off your hands. And eventually you won’t even have to be in the building for the operation to be running smoothly. And from there expand of go into new business ventures. That is where patience comes in. If you get too hasty and decide things won’t pan out a year or two in, though you may be right, you may also just be jumping the gun.

From the book i told you to read, the education of millionaires, ellsberg talks a lot about how schools don’t teach successful business skills. That is to say that someone who goes into the real world and attempts to run a business with intelligence and determination and etc. etc. will learn infinitely more than had they gone to business school and done all of that in theory. Its his opinion as well as several other self made millionaire and wealthy people, whom he interviews in the book. He also goes into great detail in how to begin teaching yourself what he describes as the essential skills to starting a successful business: sales, marketing and investment.

In it he also lists a number of other books that’ll help you along in you self education.

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John (29) (@JDrifter) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

Well I’m 18 as well, going to community college, and I only have to work during the summer. I don’t own a car so It’s not hard for me to save money. I also live minimally. I think about what I really NEED, and it’s not much. So, option 1: let go of all your unnecessary payments. But really, if you have any skill or passion at all, be it writing, painting, playing music, teaching, photography, journalism, or anything, just shift all of your attention to that, and work on it as hard as you can. It will pay off in the end, but you need to be patient. remember, you’re only 18. And if you have any business ideas, go for it, don’t be hesitant. remember, we all die in the end. Another thing you could do is become a vagabond. This isn’t impractical like everyone else would say. Plenty of young people still quit their jobs, pack up, and start walking around the country. You just have to save a bit of money, plan, practice survival, and be confident in yourself. In short, there are plenty of ways to get out of the system, you just have to be willing. And you have to be brave. Listening to lectures and reading self-help books will help, but it’s only postponing what you really need to do.

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Marina (21) (@marina710) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

Firstly, one thing you have to understand is that being your own boss does not necessary imply working less hours. I’ve seen many business that closed down mainly because the boss was never around and so the employees didn’t have a leader, they didn’t feel like a team at all. However, beyond the shadow of a doubt, owning a business is always interesting as you get to be the leader and you choose your field of work, which is interesting. Have you ever thought about building a gallery?

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willee (1) (@willee) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

first find what you love what you dream of and learn it from the masters make a passion of your living!!! great adventure start for you if you do whatever it takes to make your dream comes true!!! Enjoy!!!

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willee (1) (@willee) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

I remember i rode some biography that really inspired me before i started my quest
Jodorowski was great, gandhi’s movie, buddha by tich nhat hahn, and lot much more, important is you take action, personally at the time I rode so many books about self help and spirituality that i thought it’s enough, now i need to practice, i need to experience what these people are talking about, so i went to Korea, did meditation martial art and yoga retreat it was really great, and after that i started Maum Meditation and it’s been the best adventure of my life.

Realizing your true self the universe within you, once you become this you’re no longer a shadow of yourself, you live with the mind of nature and you know who you are so you know what you are born for. But until I took the decision to really live according to my true aspirations, break my daily routine and commit fully to everything i was really dreaming of nothing really happened so i hope you can make the decision to really live your life to the fullest as soon as possible, and take action, know what you really want and make the things for it to happen, so the universe will help you once you really commit Peace!

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drcrpsych (1) (@drcrpsych) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

How wonderful that you have come to this realisation so early in your life. Many don’t or when they do they struggle to adjust their life in such a manner as to facilitate living their passion. Remember this time and take note of how you achieve your goals, this may not be the only time you decide to adjust your life to suit your evolving passions. I hope you are as courageous then as you are now.

This is your journey and decisions are ones that only you can make as you seek answers to your questions. I have no specific advice regarding what you might do in business but I can suggest the following which might help you through the process of allowing your potential to evolve:-

> Ask questions of others who are of a similar mind (as you did here);

> Avoid those who would denigrate your choices – do not allow them to drain your energy by putting you down or binding you to their values and social mores {but hear what they say, consider their opinion and formulate your response in a composed manner – this will help you make your decision]

> Listen/Read take in the information provided and whilst you are doing so be aware of how you are feeling about what is suggested;

> During your meditation, dreaming, life events etc. (particularly those which are unusual) observe what comes up for you and again check your emotional response to your dreams, thoughts, events in your life;

> Often at this stage of a life changing stage particularly when there is little concept of direction we are given the opportunity by the universe/God (whatever you choose to name your concept of a higher power) to figure out quite decidedly those things we do not want in our lives. Take note of these people, occupations, environments etc. and find ways to release them from your life so as to free up space for things you do want in your life.

> Nature dislikes a vacuum and once that which is no longer beneficial to your life is released, that which is necessary for your new journey will come in. At times this is subtle so be aware and take note of the ‘messages of guidance’ you are getting from your environment both social and physical. And again check in to your emotional response to such events.

> With respect to a self help book I would suggest going to a book store and seeing what jumps out at you. You can be certain something will grab your attention.

Finally, relax, focus on that which you want in your life and allow things to evolve (rather than controlling and pushing for an outcome), breath, take care of yourself and be patient. Just because it appears nothing is happening doesn’t mean that is the case, consider the analogy of planting a seed, although you cant see the seed developing whist it is under ground, eventually it does break through and your efforts are rewarded. Had you dug it up to see what was going on under ground you would more than likely have damaged it and it’s potential. Similarly, pushing and controlling rather than letting things evolve may impede the fullest potential of your journey….- think about that when you become impatient with this process.

I hope this helps, and I wish you all the best with this journey, I hope you are able to live a fulfilling life in which you can engage in all events and environments in an authentic and meaningful manner.

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Alex Z (28) (@GanjaGuru) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

Wow, thank you so much for sharing your encouraging wisdom with me :)

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Marquice (0) (@MarsQuice) 6 years, 4 months ago ago

I am a junior in college man and I am into the same things you are! most of these students in my classes want to become accountants or lawyers and i am just sitting there thinking about the meditating in the Galapagos Islands on my Yacht with friends. the normal corporate structure wont give us our freedoms in exchange for our labor hours, they will only give us money. Because of this i have joined a different industry, i am a social marketer promoting a new online retail brand. my business is part time and i have no boss, commute, tax benefits, and the potential to create unlimited residual income. if you havent heard of these terms no worries haha just google them. Anyway, if you are interested I would love to send you a link. Honestly i would rather build my organization with conscious millenials than zombie accountants or corporate wage slaves. Namaste

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