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Leave The Rat Race and Create Your Own Financial Freedom

Jun 5, 2008
How often have you said "I'd like to leave the rat race" or heard someone else say it? But what exactly is the rat race and how do you leave it?

A search on Google will give you the following definitions:

"an endless, self-defeating or pointless pursuit."

"an exhausting routine that leaves no time for relaxation"

"strenuous, wearisome, and usually competitive activity or rush"

Does this sound like your job? If so, you could be caught up in a vicious cycle that gives you little freedom to enjoy your life or hope for future financial freedom.

Of course, if you are happy with your job you don't need to read any further!

However, in most jobs you will be paid a weekly or monthly salary which is usually dictated by your employer. You trade your precious hours for the money you need to buy food and other things that you need or want. The options for increasing your income are limited, and when you do you may find you have less time to enjoy the things the money buys you, more pressure and more stress. Furthermore, your rate of pay always has a ceiling. No matter how far you can climb up the ladder, there is usually a limit on how much you can actually earn.

If you are not really happy in your job or career, of course you could always find a different one. This can work out for many people, and if working for an employer is what you want, then go out and find the job you love.

However, for many people, working in a job which basically is only going to make big money for the man at the top is a soul destroying experience. Trying to get ahead in work that does not really inspire you can lead to disillusion, frustration and eventual burnout. Why spend your life like this?

How do you break out of this cycle and create true financial freedom?

Every single person has the power and ability to control their own life. If you don't like the job you are in, or if you hate the rat race, you can find an alternative. You have to remember that your life really is your own. Take charge and create a life that you want.

Instead of the treadmill of day to day routine, earning money that only just pays you enough to feed you, clothe you, pay the bills and get you back to the office again, why not break free from the rat race completely? Why not use your spare time to create several income streams that are neither limited by an employer nor by the amount of time you have available?

Self employment may not be for everyone, but if you truly dislike working for an employer then it may be your route to a life you can truly call your own.

There is a world of opportunity out there for anyone who is prepared to take their life in their own hands and build their own path to financial freedom.

Firstly, start thinking differently about the way you earn money. The only way to truly break free of the rat race is to break out of the cycle of trading hours for money and start building a residual income instead: learn how to earn money even when you are not working.

How do you do that? These days there are many ways to create residual income. Of course, you need to do some work, especially in the beginning, but by finding the right niche for you and using the internet to start a business, you can create an income which will build and build and has no limit. Doesn't that sound better than the same old pay check every month?

Start by doing some research. Look at the opportunities. Find something that you can enjoy, feel passionate about and even have fun with.

You could try affiliate marketing, write an e-book and sell it, build a website from which you can sell stuff 24/7. Look at the things you are interested in and create your own business.

Secondly, find someone who is already achieving this dream and learn from them.

You don't have to leave your job immediately. Many successful online businesses have been started on top of full time employment, using the spare room or a corner where there's space for a computer. Within just two years you could be earning a full time income and be able to sack your boss for good.

Look around. Find successful people. Find out what they are doing. There are many opportunities for you to leave the rat race. You just have to break the cycle.
About the Author
Ros runs her own online business and is also a successful writer and life coach.

Find opportunities at her website at Financial Freedom Online

Find out where you can learn from successful experts at Success University

Ros's coaching site is at Career & Life Change Coaching
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