I know what it’s like to have a 2 hour plus commute each way to work. I was there. I did it.
At the age of 23 I would get up each morning before 6am, wear a suit, get on the Long Island Railroad, take the train into Manhattan, then take 2 subways downtown, get out, and walk another ten minutes onto the elevator that would take me up to the 81st floor of the World Trade Center.
I would then sit down at around 8am, cold call until 6pm, not get home until almost 9pm, work out, barely eat dinner, get up the next day, and do it again.
This went on for about 6 weeks until I quit my first ever sales job (less than 2 months before 9/11 by the way, a whole other story).
My next job wasn’t so different. The commute was a little less than 2 hours into New York City. I’d be there 8-10 hours, come home, same thing. Only this time I didn’t have to wear a suit.
Next job? I finally moved into the city so my commute was only an hour. But still, an hour commute from one place in Manhattan to the next? It was way longer than people think. Two subways plus 25 minutes of walking is a pain in the ass, especially in winter.
Still though, no suit, but I couldn’t stand my boss.
Next job? 15 minute walk from my apartment, no suit, loved my bosses. But I didn’t love my job.
6 years into my working career and I finally quit my job in 2007 to pursue what it is I do now.
The commute? Rolling out of bed in my boxers and sitting at my desk in the next room.
These days my commute is rolling out of bed and going downstairs to my office. Sometimes it’s boxers, sometimes it’s more clothes.
And my day? No boss. It’s certainly not 12 hours, more like 3-4 and I make more money than I did in any full-time job previously.
It took me 14 years to get here and it was worth every penny.
Why do I share this story?
Because I’ve been there. I’ve done the long commute. I’ve worn the suits. I’ve had the shitty bosses. I’ve experienced every positive and negative thing one could possibly experience at work.
And to tell you that life is all dandy right now would be a lie. But I can tell you this. I love being autonomous. I love being able to work in my boxers. I love being able to play with my kids in the middle of the day. I love being able to pay my bills with ease.
Was it worth the 13 years it took to get here? You’re damned right it was.
I’m not special
I’m no more special than any person reading this. I’m not. I swear. I just focused my attention fully to pursuing this lifestyle.
And for anyone reading this out there who can even remotely relate to this story, you don’t have to commute 2 hours. You really don’t. You don’t have to have a shitty boss. You really don’t. You don’t have to work 12 hours a day. You really don’t.
You can change it. You can at least START to change it, beginning right now.
You should be contacting me. Email me: email@example.com. I’ve got options. Do they cost money? YES. Are they worth it? That’s up to you.