The Sense of Freedom I Felt After Leaving the Rat Race

I posed a question on Linkedin recently that truly got peoples’ emotions moving.

“Have you truly felt free at any time in the last 5 years?”

Simple question, right?  Seems easy enough to answer.  But upon taking a closer look you realize that often times people don’t even know what being “free” really means.

To me freedom means a life with options.  It means being able to do what you want to do, when you want to do it.  And that includes in your career.

And sadly when people used that definition, there were considerably more “no’s” than I would have liked.

What does freedom mean to you?

Prior to leaving my corporate style jobs, I had a life that was extremely scheduled.  Today I have a life that’s even more scheduled.  But here’s the difference.

In one life my schedule was not a choice.  In my current life it’s ALL my choice.  That’s freedom.

Going to work at a set time, doing a set amount of responsibilities, being told what to do, when to do it, when to leave, how much you’re getting paid, etc etc. is a life that isn’t free.

While it’s not necessarily being imprisoned, many people liken it to something like that.

Going off on my own was truly the first time I felt free from a career perspective.

I had already felt free in my life with regard to relationships, and anything outside of work, but in my job?  I never felt free until I left the “rat race.”

Be careful with freedom

Just because I feel free in my career now doesn’t mean I exercise it with reckless abandon.

I don’t watch TV all day.

I don’t get distracted by bullshit that could ruin my goals and aspirations.

I don’t take week long vacations when I know I shouldn’t be.

Being your own boss takes a tremendous amount of discipline.

But when you have a nice balance of discipline and applying freedom when necessary, to me that’s the optimal situation.

A great example for me would be taking naps.

When I know I need to rest, I do.  While that may seem like I’m losing time, it’s quite the opposite.

A nap refreshes me and gives me the laser-like focus I need to get more done in short spurts of time.

Could I nap when I was in the corporate world?  Of course not.  That’s freedom, and that’s using freedom in the right way.

Everyone should feel free

By the way, I’m not saying you can’t have a job working for someone else where you feel free.

You completely can.  It’s just a little harder to come by than working for yourself.

The point I’m making is that having a true sense of freedom in your career (and life) will do wonders for you.

If you’re not feeling free right now, I highly suggest you contact me ASAP.

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