If you want to live free, your utopia is irrelevant

ParadiseHi there. Let’s have another chat about getting rid of that daily grind that you hate so much.

Right, I’ll begin with a bit of rudeness.

I don’t care about your ideology. I don’t want to discuss politics. I really don’t give a shit about what you think is ‘just’ or ‘right’. Of course, I have my own opinions about all of these things, and maybe you could even change my mind about them, given the opportunity. But I’m writing this post to help you with a very specific problem: you don’t want to have a 9-5 job any more. You want to be able to live life on your own terms.

Unfortunately, whichever version of the world not being ‘fair’ or ‘just’ you subscribe to, your opinion does not make a damn bit of difference as far as achieving that goal is concerned. (more…)

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Rolling a boulder over a hill

MountainHere’s my thesis: building a life of freedom and autonomy is like rolling a heavy boulder over an inverted parabolic hill while the villagers gather around laughing at you. That obviously sounds crazy but do bear with me as I meander towards the point!

I’ll start with a couple of observations.

Observation 1

First, life is usually hard in some way. You can have a large influence over exactly what specific challenges you’ll come up against, but there isn’t a magic way of making life easy. Learning to accept this fact was probably the single biggest personal development leap I ever made.

For example, if you had 10 million pounds, assuming you made reasonably sensible decisions, you’d be set for life (financially) but it wouldn’t ‘complete’ you. There would be no chorus of singing angels or sense of permanent fulfillment. Maybe you wouldn’t be able to think of what to do next. Perhaps you’d attract a load of shallow, money-grabbing friends who only wanted you for your wealth. Who knows? The grass would not be as green as you think it would. (more…)

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