What you never worked But. I cleaned, gave goods, distributed flyers (sometimes still today) and much more. And otherwise, I was at all schools for a very long time. High school, secondary school, evening school, OSZ, etc. Now I help myself and other people to more happiness, joy, freedom, love, awareness, and success in life and (blog) business.
Why this article?
Because sometimes it still hurts to watch these people. There are people around me who are doing the classic 9-5 job. People who want and can do something different.
People who sell below their value. People who didn’t dare to live their true selves.
They are people I love and who (from the outside) do something that doesn’t make any sense to me.
It’s okay if you read that and you’re happy. If you are happy, I am too. But I see and feel how many suffer. Do you suffer Then please read on?
8 HOURS ATTENDANCE AND HOW MUCH ACTUAL WORKING TIME?
You are, say, 8 hours in the office. So far so “good”, only I think that you don’t need to “sit around” for so long, because – just calculate it yourself – you only “work” a small part of the time. The other part is on Facebook, taking a break, doing private things, etc.
HARDLY ANY PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL GROWTH
After 3 years, the salary increase still doesn’t wave … and nothing else has changed. You have been walking in and out of the house day after day for 3 years, to be on time at work and stay as long as the boss demands of you.
Maybe the salary increase will follow soon – only – how much will that be? € 50, € 100 or € 200 more? Maybe you go to further training and co – only – does it help you personally? Are you interested?
YOU HATE MONDAY AND LOVE FRIDAY
The most popular employee phrases are “Fuck, Monday” and “Thank god it’s Friday” (TGIF) – Why? Why are you doing an activity where you are already looking forward to Monday and the following weekend on Monday? Why are you torturing yourself Why are you giving your valuable time to this work that doesn’t seem to fascinate and interest you? So you’re just wasting your life.
YOU ARE GIVING YOUR TIME TO SOMETHING THAT YOU SOMEHOW DON’T LIKE.
The time you never get back. In the morning you torture yourself – in the evening you redeem yourself
Again and again “blatantly” to see how many “have to” get up in the morning to get out of bed and get to work. As if someone is forcing you. After “done work” – as if you had been at the construction for 8 hours – you come home exhausted, think “finally redeemed”, “finally free” – and plant yourself on the sofa.
The same game the next day … Keep playing if you enjoy it. If not: there are other “games”. Favorite games that you can easily take out of the shelf.
The only thing you love about your 9-5 job is what’s outside of the job.
There are breaks, company dinners, and events as well as the end of the day. These are the things you love most about your job. Are you familiar with that?
Sure, there are unloved things that “must” be done. Only if that’s the biggest part of you, is it still healthy? Doesn’t it stress and make you sick and moody? Don’t be stressed out! Change your thoughts, habits, and actions. Be brave and try new things.
DO WHAT YOU WANT. AND NOT WHAT I OR OTHERS SAY.
I can’t and don’t want to change you anyway, just to take you by the hand. Do what you want and I’ll take your hand … if you extend it to me. If you want me to hold it.
Thank you. This article is not about putting down the 9 to 5 job people, generalizing the whole thing, calling my path the “best” or something similar.
Rather, it is important to me that those who are “caught” in whatever way first become clear about themselves and their situation, that is, become aware of them and then act in the best case as they see fit. Because:
It’s your choice.
You are free. You don’t have to do what you don’t want to do.
You don’t have to do what others ask or expect of you.
You can and you can do what you want with all your heart.
Listen to your heart … What does it tell you? What does “it” really want? What do you want?
If you like your 9 to 5 job – great – if not, here are 3 simple and immediately implementable tips on how it could go on for you, yes, what you can do – now – if you want to change something and take your first steps ” out ”trust.
You may not have been aware of the senselessness of dodging into the office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. That’s okay. Every day is a new opportunity.
A new chance to make the most of your (work) life. You don’t have to get out of the job right away, but a sensation could do you good.
DO YOU DO YOURSELF GOOD
3 simple tips for more meaning and joy in life / at work:
1. Think about what makes sense to you and what doesn’t. It doesn’t matter how, where, what. It is important that you first simply think about what makes sense for you. In life, at work, in the company, etc. A simple “I hate” and “I love” list is enough to achieve quick results.
2. Follow this list and recognize your passions. What do you love? What can you? What do you want to do (yet)? Follow what you love and remove (radically or step by step) what you loathe. These can be things, activities, habits, but also people. Think of solutions instead of problems.
3. Do what you love. Create a good life, a job that makes sense for you and a positive environment. And if you think now: “Yes, but …” then continue until the “Yes, but …” disappears. Take the first steps, no matter how small
Decide for yourself, for your life and for the job that only makes sense for you. Know Everything you can imagine – you can also achieve. You “only” need to make a decision and walk the path courageously and with confidence.
Which way are you going? What is more important to you? Luck or money?
Are you happy in your everyday life?
Where do you stand?
I have researched different positions on the topic of “Happiness: 9 to 5 live or quit your job and off to the world?”. A topic on which there have been posts on travel blogs since 2013.
It will be a never-ending discussion because everyone has their opinion.
But: To collect even more of these positions, I would like to call to my first blog parade, because to the question “Search for happiness: live 9 to 5 or quit your job and off to the world?” , Although often described and discussed, there is certainly still a lot to do say that so far only slumbers in the minds of many bloggers. But more on that later.
Quit or not?!
The division of the travel blogger scene into the large camps of the 9 to 5 or Homebase supporters and opponents, in particular, I have been watching for weeks
But countermovement is also expressed a little harshly because there are digital nomads who do everything right in my eyes and live the right life as I do it differently. Because there are so many exciting thoughts and articles in this environment, I would like to get in touch with this topic at the start of the blog parade today.
What positions do I encounter on the blogs that I read on this topic? The question “whether I am right about my life?” It is answered much easier if I know not only my point of view but also that of others.
The rat race is one of those things. It gives us everything we need. It takes care of us. It gives us security. We are part of it, we are a community. Because we run together in it or know that everyone has their own, which is not much better than their own. So everything is already good in the rat race. For me, it wasn’t. With me, there was unrest and the question of the meaning: What should I do? I liked the thought of doing something because I want to be successful with what I love and never see work as work again.
My 9-5 jobs were not for me. And although one of my most important values is “safety”, jumping out of the hamster wheel was the best thing that could have happened to me. Because when you are outside, you only realize how absurd it is inside. But how do you make that leap out of your professional hamster wheel if you want to? So here is my exit strategy:
1. Determine the motif
Why do you want to get out Do you feel uncomfortable in the system? Are you bored with your job or do you hate it? Do you ask yourself the question of meaning and don’t know why you’re doing it, except for the money? Do you hear something like an inner voice, a call to adventure? Then make your motive clear and then immediately think about what would be the best instead. Do you want to do something that has real meaning for you or others? What is your passion, what would you be able to do all day without seeing it as work? Once you have clarified and written down, then go to the next step.
2. Define the status quo
Make it clear to you what your financial status is and clarify the topic “fear of existence”. Our doubts in this regard do not arise from facts, but conjectures. If you do not have your finances under control, you do not know what your fixed costs are, you are not fully aware of any debts, you have not dealt with the old-age provision or you have not provided a financial pillow, there is a big one in your head on this topic Question mark cloud. My advice: take your time and create a financial status quo. What are my debts What do I need to live right now? What can I do without? Do not do much work with Excel spreadsheets or the like. The bank statements of the past few months and a sheet of paper are enough.
3. Must Have-List
Next, think about what you want to do without it. What is part of your standard of living as “nice to have”? All the little, nice things that don’t have to be, but somehow, because otherwise, you will lose noticeably fun in life and quality of life. Be honest with yourself and stand by any possessions, luxury goods or expensive unreasonableness. If it’s yours, it’s ok. Know what you don’t want to do without and what you can do to avoid having to do it.
4. The Allies
Before taking concrete steps, surround yourself with allies. Talk to people who have already quit their regular jobs. Exchange ideas in forums, on Facebook, at founders’ meetings, etc. You have to be surrounded by people who support you morally, go the same way or went and motivate you. There will still be enough who want to slow you down. Never forget: “Statues are not built for critics”.
5. The plan
What is your passion Passion is the key to everything? Passion gives rise to enthusiasm, you grow beyond yourself. It makes you outstanding, successful and you will never feel your work as such again. On a thing that fills you with passion, you will work, build, file, design, improve and take it one step further every day. Success is almost automatic. But think very early on how you can turn your passion into money. Open your mind and look outside the box. The possibilities are huge. In my blog articles “12 myths that keep you from your passion” or “How you can earn money with your passion” I give a few tips.
6. Part-time basis
Start in your free time. You are doing something that inspires you anyway, so take the first steps next to the job. At the beginning of the weekend, take 2-3 hours each time and take small but concrete steps. Regardless of whether you do research, write concepts, acquire customers from your private environment or develop a product. Get used to doing something that can bring you money without being told to do it by you or without you “having to” do it.
Determine a schedule for the exit. Mark it in the calendar, count the days, but think about specific intermediate steps, which must be achieved by when, so that the schedule can be kept. You will probably come up with a few things when you were creating them that you had not considered enough. Don’t overwhelm me with your plan. There is already stress in your normal job, you don’t need to do it yourself. Write the plan down and then stick to it.
8. Liberation in installments
Start bringing the topic up to your boss. Explain that you want to work from home for a day. Think carefully about what your boss can get out of it. Only provide arguments about why it is an advantage for HIM and not for you. Do not negotiate for yourself, but the company. I promise you it will work if it is not about your interests, but about his or her interests.
Sounds damn easy. It is too. If you have taken the first step and are now “partially exempt” you will notice that the attitude towards “work” has already changed. The mere fact that you can decide when, where and how you do your work without getting crooked looks from colleagues, changes the whole thing. You will notice that in “everyday life ” a lot of time is lost due to disturbances.
The principle of “multitasking” is a big mistake. If you work focused on home for just one day, you will want more. More of this way of working, more of your new freedom. So the goal is to take a day off and get even more distance from the hamster wheel, so more time for the realization of your passion. My decision was made after I had set up a home office for two days. For me, it was clear: “I will not go back”. I was amazed at how efficiently, effectively and focused I could work compared to the hamster wheel. And without having to deal with time management or strategies for efficiency etc. It just happened. The next step is clear:
9. Crossing the threshold
I don’t need to say much about that. Just do it. At the end of life, we only regret the things we didn’t do. When your schedule tells you “it’s time” and you’ve made all the intermediate steps, there is no hesitation or hesitation.
10. The security anchor
Here you should at least have a plan B in your head. What could I do (for a while) to bridge the early stages? How can I make money if it has to be and there is no other way? Don’t get me wrong, you shouldn’t go from one hamster wheel to another. The security anchor is just a “bridging loan” and you will not have to use it. You just need to know that it exists.
11. The first 3 months
After the first 3 months, you will know for sure whether life outside the hamster wheel is for you. You felt yourself and made the new way of living, working, and existing a new behavior. You know with absolute certainty that the hamster wheel would be there at all times, but you won’t be able to see it from the inside much more safely.
That was a very rough overview that is easy to read, but I have the experience of many people around me that it is easy. It’s about passion, it’s about courage. I have spent over 15 years in the hamster bike and nothing in the world brings me back there.
Precisely because there are the different positions shown, I would like to call up a blog parade with the title “Happiness: 9 to 5 live or quit your job and off to the world?” And I would be very happy if you would participate. I want to know what is your position on the subject? Are you also caught up in this drifting search for happiness, a wave of dismissals and the spirit of optimism, or are you excited to see what happens here while you pursue your 9 to 5 life?
- Do you work 9 to 5?
- Do you have a home base?
- Do you work anywhere?
- Do you work permanently or independently?
- Where are you happy
- Do you love your job or do you promise yourself freedom by resigning yourself?
- How much change of location do you need to be happy? How much digital nomad do you have?
- How much home do you need to be happy? How much sedentary do you have?
- Are you even an analog nomad? Or would you like to become one?
- Are you already happy or are you striving for a change or are you in the middle of it?
- What do you think of the words hamster wheel, 9 to 5, Homebase, freedom as well as a digital or analog nomad or location-independent work?
- Do you have a new perspective that I have not yet thought of and that has not yet been discussed on a blog? All the better!
How to take part:
- Make your thoughts, write them on your blog and link there to this post
- Leave a comment
- Older posts can also take part in the blog parade, provided you refer to the blog parade with a link and place the link to your post in a comment.
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