How can we Escape the Rat Race?

The Rat Race!

 

An image of the end of the race- 1,2,3,4,5
The rat race- does anyone really win?

Have you ever contemplated on the phrase “rat race”?  This term is describing our modern society and our daily lives of hard work. Many people are working long hours and they are exhausted as they come home from work tired everyday. Our society has become very competitive and there are people who are worried about the prospect of losing their jobs!

This phrase rat race is also comparing human beings to rats having a race.  It might sound quite funny right? But is it really all laughs? Would you agree that  it is actually quite sad? Why might this be? I would say that even if somebody were to “win” in this race, that person has won a very laughable race indeed!

Our daily lives!

 

Shopping trolley/cart in a supermarket
Food shopping!

Why is it not worth winning the rat race? you might be thinking. So, what exactly is this race many of us are part of about?

In our daily lives, we work hard to be able to put food on our tables, a roof over our heads and to be able to pay the bills. That is what we need to do to survive right? Someone might ask, if I were to leave the rat race, what option do I have? How can I pay for anything? How will I survive? Those are all important questions to consider of course! It is not possible to just go up to your boss one day and say, “OK I quit”! while not having another income source! I think we would all agree that it is not very wise to do that!

When does the rat race finish?

 

Image of an analogue-classic-clock
We are very mindful of the time in our daily lives

Yes many of us are part of it. We wake up, conscious of the time- every second counts! We might be so nice to ourselves that we stuff food down our throats or leave without food! Heck, we might even stuff food down our throats while we are hurrying to work!

We work for hours, maybe a 9-5 job. Essentially we are trading our time for money. We come home, exhausted. We might need to plan for the next day if we are working in jobs such as teaching. We go to sleep all to reset and start work the next day. After all, we are saving money for our retirements! Although I agree that we need money saved for when we retire, I think to myself, why can’t we also enjoy life in our 20’s, 30’s. and so on?

How can anyone leave?

 

Tea and fruits on a table
How can we get more time to enjoy life?

So what can I do? How can anyone possibly leave the rat race? That is not possible right?

OK, so I completely understand how when we come home from a long day of work, we need to distress and rewind. I would say that if anyone is ready to make a change in their lives, they would try their best to make time for what they want. To give you an example, there might be a person who works a 9-5 job. This person is determined to lose weight so although going to the gym might not be an option, this person makes time to do cardio and strength training at home for 20 mins, 3 times a week. For example, another area is skincare. Although someone  might not have enough time for a full skin care routine, that person might incorporate a few minutes a day to tone and fully cleanse their skin.

The same would apply to finding financial freedom. Although it is not possible to leave the rat race one day and say to your boss, “I’m done!”, you can always work slowly by researching how you can find financial freedom. There are many reasons why it is a good idea to leave the rat race. I think the most important reasons is to have financial freedom which will allow more free time. Let’s be honest, money is the vehicle that drives us to having free-time. it is not as simple as leaving your 9-5. It is true that if you leave, you will then have more time but having a secure income has to be your first priority!

If you want to learn more about finding financial freedom so that you can potentially get time to yourself, my mentor discusses how you can create an online business. Here you can find free 7 day video series!
So, there you go. I hope that this has been a good read and that it has given you a little insight into the phrase “rat race”!

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Is Having a Morning Routine really Important?

The morning is your most valuable time of day

 

A path to walk with lots of trees. The sun in shining.
The morning and mindfulness

We would all love to have more free-time right? The morning is the most special time of the day for having time to connect with yourself. Mindfulness is when you are aware of both yourself and also your surroundings. You are more aware and in tune with how you are feeling. In the morning, mindfulness is very important as the state of mind that you wake up with can influence how you feel for the rest of the day! In our daily lives, we are only mindful of one thing in the morning. Sadly, that is our alarm clock!

What would you include in your ideal morning routine?

 

Coffee and a notepad
Writing a journal or a list of things to do can be part of your morning routine!

Imagine being able to wake up naturally (with no annoying alarm clock) and you rise slowly. You may start thinking to yourself: What would I like to get done today? What would I like to eat for breakfast? What can I write in my journal or what book can I read?

I have two important questions for you.

1) How would you describe your new morning routine compared to your usual routine?

2) How does your new routine make you feel?

For the first question, you might describe your new morning routine with words like productive, healthy and even perfect. For the second question, you might have answered that you feel relaxed and distressed.
So, what changes would like to make to your everyday morning routine?
You might respond, OK I would like to make some changes to my morning routine, but I simply don’t have enough time.

I will respond that I completely understand! I know what it is like to wake up, having to make sure that each minute is spent wisely. I would count having breakfast as a “morning routine” that is very successful! I currently work as an interpreter and a tutor so I find myself running out of the house without having had breakfast sometimes. Even if you are not currently, working as you might be a university student, a great morning routine is something that would be quite hard to have I think you will agree. I certainly didn’t have time! If you do, that’s seriously amazing!

A morning routine while working or studying?

 

Image of an analogue-classic-clock
Having free time is important

Do you think that having a morning routine while working or being a student is unrealistic? This question is very important. As many of us do not have the luxury to have a morning routine that includes going for a walk, exercising, reading and so on, we might say that it is actually impossible! Having done some teaching when I did my CELTA qualification, I found it very difficult to do any of those activities. I simply had no time as I was too busy planning lessons and so on. Also, when I was at university, I didn’t have enough time as many of you will understand. So, what is the solution?

My question is, what is preventing us from having the morning to ourselves? Why do most of us wake up without being mindful, only being mindful of the time and with our minds full!

Is there a solution?

 

I would say, having a job and wanting to have a morning routine that is your ideal routine is quite a challenge. I think you would agree that having a 9-5 job and the ideal routine is difficult. The truth is, our work is taking up most of our time. Therefore, our jobs are not truly fulfilling because we are working to get paid, but we are giving away our time which is invaluable right? Many people have found financial freedom and now, money is a vehicle that allows them to have time. Although success is never guaranteed with doing business, I think you would agree that it is worth researching and learning about.

If you want to learn more about finding financial freedom so that you can potentially get time to yourself,  my mentor discusses how you can create an online business. Here you can find free 7 day video series!

So, there you go. I hope that this has been a good read and that it has given you a little insight into the importance of having an ideal morning routine!

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3 Reasons you Should Start Thinking about an Online Business after Graduating from University  

3 Reasons you Should Start Thinking about an Online Business after Graduating from University

 

Let me guess. You have recently graduated from university and you are finding it quite difficult to find a job. Perhaps you have been to many interviews but you have not been successful yet. Perhaps you have found a job but you are not completely satisfied with it. Maybe the job is not specifically a graduate job that is based on your degree or perhaps you have not found fulfilment in what job you are doing. It might be that you are indeed satisfied with your current job but you are just curious about this topic. If so, you are indeed in the correct place!

1) The world is becoming more digital

Image pf many different technologies such as a laptop and mobile phone
The world is becoming more digital.

The first reason I believe that you should start thinking about an online business after graduating from university is that there is a lot of opportunity with the online market. OK, so what do I mean by this? Our world is becoming more and more digital right? This has its positives and negatives. On one hand, the world becoming more digital can lead to some people’s jobs getting hijacked by robots!  Can you imagine? This sounds so ridiculous right? You might be thinking these questions in your head right now: ‘how can this be?’ ‘Is this for real?’ or ‘are you joking?’ I must admit, unfortunately the simple answer to all those questions is a sad ‘no’.

 

Ok, so you might be thinking, what can I do now? Since more of us will probably be replaced by robots in the future, we need another avenue to earn a living right? We agree that the world is becoming more digital. That is some food for thought.

2) You can be your own boss!

Image of a person- showing freedom and being surrounded by nature
A laptop lifestyle can provide you with more free-time so you can live life on your own terms

The second reason I believe that you should start thinking about an online business after graduating from university is that when working online, you are your own boss and you will therefore be able to set your own time and place to work from. I think that you would agree that working from 9-5 is not exactly ideal if you want a life of freedom. If you want to live a life with more freedom, life will need to be more relaxing and you will have time to do the things that you enjoy. Just thinking about having financial freedom and free-time is so refreshing right?

3) You can make an income as an affiliate marketer

Photo of a camera and a beautiful landscape- landscape photography
You can turn your passion into a business!

The third reason I believe that you should start thinking about an online business after graduating from university is to consider the possibilities of making an income. Let’s imagine (this can be the absolute truth actually) that you are very knowledgeable in landscape photography. You are great at taking photos! You enjoy going on holidays and taking beautiful photos of landscapes. Affiliate marketing is where you can promote other people’s or company’s product such as Amazon and you will be able to earn a commission. You can signup as an affiliate on Amazon and the process is quite simple. To give you an example of affiliate marketing, let’s say you have a know-how on the latest cannon cameras. You can advertise the camera that is on Amazon on your website. The readers on your website will read for example your article on how amazing a certain camera is and how you managed to take all of these wonderful photos. You will be able to earn commissions (income from the sales) once someone uses your affiliate link to purchase the camera you advertised. How awesome does this sound?

So, when are you going to start your online business?

So, there you go. I hope that this has been a good read and that it has given you a little insight into online marketing.

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