There’s a common misconception built into our culture that to make more money we have to be doing something complex. Something that’s difficult, challenging, stressful, regardless of whether or not it brings you enjoyment. If I want to make good money I need to go to law school and practice law. I need to endure medical school and be a doctor. I need to take on responsibility, or get a more advanced degree.
For some people they may actually like doing these things, but for most, I believe it’s simply a means to an end. The last thing I want to become is a doctor or a lawyer. No thanks. I did get my MBA though, and the motive was more leverage to get a better job and make more money. I’ve never really seen a massive correlation between jobs that people with business degrees work and the academic curriculum for a business degree. There are some general underlying principals which are good to know, but nothing you couldn’t figure out for yourself with tentative awareness to your job function and how the overall business operates.
For some, that degree can make or break their advancement in a career because that’s what society, and the corporate world have been conditioned to value. Time spent in a classroom studying academics.
If bartering your time in exchange for a wage is the only way you’ve ever been taught to earn money then taking on debt to earn that piece of paper may seem like an obvious path to where you’d like to be.
But is this rational? Does the fact that I went for the schooling to earn an MBA years ago objectively prove that I’m a better employee than someone who has not? Is a 22 year old with a college degree really that much more capable of doing an entry level job than a 22 year old with a high school diploma? I don’t believe the academic background is very relevant. Give me the guy without the college degree who’s intelligent, determined, and teachable, put him under a talented mentor and his possibilities are endless.
It’s almost as if a college degree is part of a new social class system. People without degrees, and those who don’t jump right into college after high school are looked down on. An idiot with a degree can get into a low level corporate job making decent money while a person who is significantly stronger in every measurable competency, who didn’t go to college won’t even be considered.
Possessing a degree does not equate to possessing intelligence. I could find countless examples of this simply from the population of students I attended grad school with.
The point I want to make is that a degree matters if you conform to societies values and you intend to work for a corporation. Getting that degree, filling a high stress, highly complicated job function to be of more value, and earn more pay makes perfect sense if you conform to a norm that’s assumed by our culture.
Why do we work? To make money. But that’s not the only reason why. Culture and social conditioning have us believing that what we do for a living is somehow intertwined with our identity and who we are as people. When this variable gets added to the mix it’s no longer simply about earning a living. Social pressure leads you to become concerned with what others think of you. Those who conform the most to this social pressure are more likely to go on to become a doctor or lawyer because it’s a way to play it safe.
Those careers come with a socially conditioned stereotype that the unthinking masses are trained to respond to. So when your concern is more about managing other peoples perceptions of you, than following your passions because people may not look up to that kind of work, you may become a lawyer to meet that need for approval. You valued other peoples approval more than you valued finding fulfillment in your work.
This may have been on a subconscious level, but none the less, true about your values which drive your behavior. Not that you can’t find fulfillment in a career as a doctor, or lawyer. These examples were simply used because of the cultural programming that’s attached to them.
So next time you hear someone say they’re a doctor or a lawyer don’t give them the satisfaction of reacting the way the masses are conditioned to when hearing those job titles. Is every doctor or lawyer on this planet more intelligent than every other person who did not study those topics in a formal academic setting? Absolutely not.
These are simply upper middle class laborers for the most part. They are not the rich in our society. Laborers are almost never rich. Laborers require more work, more degrees, more stress, and more complexity to make more money.
The rich simply require more assets with a positive return. They don’t need a title because they already have an abundance of money. They are above the petty middle class idea of creating an identity out of a job title. They don’t make their money through labor or the bartering of their time. They acquire assets that earn them a return, and their title by societies standards is simply “rich”.
Most people can’t even grasp how that whole, owning assets that generate income thing even works. You mean you can make money without showing up to a job you hate every day? Yes, and that should be your goal. Not, buy all sorts of materialistic crap now with debt, and finance it with your future. Unless that stuff is going to make you money it’s taking you in the wrong direction and preventing you from ever having enough money, a high enough debt to income ratio, and strong enough credit to acquire assets that generate a return, at least through the use of traditional financing. The kind of assets that set you free from the obligation to show up and work for someone else every day.
Social conditioning, consumer culture, and believing that going to school and working for someone else is the only path has us all swimming against the current. It’s backwards and harmful to your quality of life. Invest now, consume later. Build streams of income now, spend later. Live within your means as a way to ensure freedom, flexibility, and abundance in your future. Delay gratification. Know what truly matters in life, and its not a big house, fancy car, designer clothes, impressing other people, or any of this other superficial nonsense relentlessly thrown in your face through the TV.
How do you think the wealthy extract all the wealth from the bottom to hoard it at the top? By getting the culture to consume through debt, beyond their means because they care about approval, acceptance, fitting in, and validation more so than they care about their future. And it’s a system of values that are implanted into the victims subconsciously.
Like a computer virus loaded into the BIOS code, it launches its commands undetected. Not only by direct advertisements, but also more covertly through suggestion and acceptance of things as the norm after being exposed to certain concepts over, and over again. They can come in the form of reality TV, music, celebrity lifestyles, the news, your favorite sitcom, formal education from a young age. All kinds of seeds can be strategically planted and suggested to your subconscious in an innocent TV show by someone with a deep understanding of psychology.
So here’s a point I’ve been meaning to make since the first few sentences of this post. If I were to offer you a way to make the same amount of money you are currently making, in a way that has no relation to your degree or formal training, assuming you’ve had either, and it was a very simplistic method to make that money, would you walk away from your current job and do it?
It doesn’t relate to your career path. It has nothing to do with your current title, your story of who you are, and your identity based upon what you do for a living. It’s a simple process of buying product and selling it for a profit. You use the same few suppliers, it takes up significantly less of your time, and your financial circumstances are unchanged in regards to the money you make. Could you walk away from your current job and title to do it? Or do you believe that the title you have now has some type of value? That what I’ve described is too easy. Money without long hours and stress? That can’t be a good thing.
These counterarguments are real if you’re actually put into this situation. Yes, there’s more uncertainty to what I’ve proposed, but there’s also more to gain. Its almost as if we’ve been conditioned to believe that stress is a good thing because it means we’re earning better money. Why should stress be required to earn more?
Open your eyes and become aware of conditions you believe to be necessary to make more money and become successful. Maybe these associations are what keep you from excelling on a subconscious level. Advancement in your career and how you make a living should be directly correlated to a reduction of stress, and finding better ways to earn that money, while making your life more enjoyable.
All of us “non-rich” have been conditioned to believe that more income cannot be achieved without more sacrifice. It’s like the more money you want is directly correlated to the amount of suffering you’re willing to subject yourself to. This relationship can be true when it comes to working for a large corporation, but it loses its validity when you begin to create forms of passive income and free yourself from wage slavery, following the patterns of those who already are rich. Your goal should be to automate your income for the purpose of freeing your time to enjoy what matters most in life.
What would you be able to do if you didn’t have to work all the time? Would you be out of the house 50+ hours a week, or would you be spending time at home with your family and children? If your finances didn’t depend on working then being away from your family that amount of time every week would seem a bit ridiculous. Who could you help with that free time? Who could you visit and connect with that you currently neglect because after work, there just aren’t enough hours in the day?
I suppose a similar outcome could be achieved if we were to end all forms of taxation but the odds of that happening any time soon are much less probable. And if you want an example of subconscious mind control, there’s none better than taxation. If I told you someone else was going to collect 30% of your paycheck indefinitely, you had no choice, and if you tried to resist, you’d be thrown in jail, would you find this to be acceptable? Would you say the person doing the collecting and taking a share of your hard earned wage is moral?
Even if a portion of that does provide a benefit to you, while in actuality, most goes towards interest payments made to the federal reserve who holds treasury bonds, purchased with money which they literally typed into existence, the point is you had no other choice and no ability to refuse what was provided. Yet, we’ve all been conditioned to believe that giving this percentage of our labor to a group of people who threaten us with jail as the alternative is acceptable. Every last one of us takes it lying down.
You can argue that your labor is your personal, private property and should not be subjected to taxes, and also that the requirement to file an annual tax return violets the 5th Amendment, which protects us from self incrimination. Although valid arguments, unless everyone refuses in unity, you’re going to jail if you don’t hand over that percentage of the money you earned, through value you created, which without you, would have never existed, and there’d otherwise be nothing to take from you.
That’s a side tangent for another day, but nonetheless, something to think about. So assuming that taxes are here to stay, the solution is to find means by which you can make money in a much more simplified, less stressful way, that consumes significantly less of your time. Who do you consider to be more wealthy? The individual who makes $250,000 a year working 60+ hours a week, or the one who works 8 hours a week and makes $75,000 a year? To me the answer is obvious. One has freedom, and the capacity to make more if they so choose. The other barely has time to enjoy what they’ve earned.
The more I learn and the more my alternative streams of income grow, the less seriously I take societies path to success; that being, college financed by debt, followed by endless career for large corporation, never to escape the rat race. I’ve discovered an alternative in which making money can be simple, stress free, and most importantly, not require 40 hours of your week all year round.
This is an alternative available to everyone which should be the path we’re all guided to in the first place. Instead it remains an alternative to be chased by the minority who discover it. Part of the purpose in my writing is to wake you up to the possibilities that are yours to discover as well. Those who are looking for a better way will eventually find a better way. Its an inevitable outcome if their dreams are pursued persistently. I’ve scratched the surface on some of these alternatives in my previous post on what I’m doing to make money now. As these channels continue to grow and multiply I will share their evolution with you as well.
A lot of excitement on the horizon. This post is the result of growth in my alternative revenue streams and the fact that I may be able to walk away from my 9-5 job eventually. When that possibility begins to become real it really makes you think…by