The Great Office Escape IS For You!
Almost nine years ago I wrote an article outlining how making the jump from a 9-to-5 work arrangement to a Great Office Escape lifestyle was not for everyone. Not only that, but I made the audacious comment that only 20% of people who had the desire could ever even hope to make it!
Basically, I would venture to guess that about 20% of the people who are reading this blog AND have the desire will actually successfully “escape” their miserable jobs some day. The other 80% are either intellectually or financially incapable of creating a better life for themselves or just don’t have enough desire. It takes a certain amount of creativity, strength, courage and insanity to start a business and sustain it.
-The Great Office Escape, June 12, 2008
I am so glad that my opinion on the matter has changed, and if you’ve been following this website for the last nine years, you will also be thrilled.
Anyone Can Do It
Back in 2008 I had this notion that one of the following endeavors:
- Making a living running your own business
- Creating a freelance career out of a job or skill
- Designing a piece of software, popular ebook series, video tutorials, video game or other electronic money-maker
- Investing wisely
- Building an Air BnB business
- Franchising a successful company and selling
- Getting really, really good at poker and hoodwinking everyone you encounter out of their money
Was something that only 1/5th of the population who had the desire could actually do.
I will be the first to admit when I am wrong about something, especially if I feel that one of my assumptions could actually be discouraging people in some manner. Back in 2008 when I wrote that article I believe I was using it as a motivational tool for my readers. Somehow they would read between the lines and think, “I’ll show you, Mike!”
I understand now that not everyone thinks this way. To those who didn’t get my surprising lack of positivity back then, if you are still here, I apologize. You do have what it takes, I promise you.
It Is About Applied Dedication, Not Ability
While Malcom Gladwell’s 10,000 hours of practice to mastery of any skill might be wishful thinking, or at least inexact, the way to making anything happen is appropriate and sustained focus.
As you may be aware from reading this website, talent and creativity can only take you so far on it’s own. Not very far, to be more precise. But if your goal is to get very good in business, start a freelance career, or even become an investor-dynamo you are best off studying, learning through a bit of trial and error by making mistakes but ALWAYS learning from them, and mastering the skills necessary towards reaching the larger goal.
These skills do not require creativity, innate talent or luck. They require dedication, work and some good planning. I don’t know about you, but the last time I checked everyone who is walking the planet can master these skillsets. Sure, becoming an effective planner can take some dedication, but you are not alone. If you are starting a business you can plan to hire someone, like an assistant, who is more organized than you. The same goes for franchising or even learning to gamble.
I am not encouraging you to move to Vegas and set up a blackjack dynasty. However, I am trying to get you to look in the mirror and accept that some things about yourself you may not easily be able to change. But your ability to escape a 9-to-5 job is not one of them!
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