How To Escape The Rat Race And Start Living The Dream

Years ago if you had a 40-hour a week job that meant you worked from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday and that was it. You had weekends and evenings to yourself and you could spend time with your family and friends, work on your hobbies and basically have a life. But we’re all like rats in a maze now, running around in circles trying to find the exit, and the stress just keeps piling up with no end in sight. This isn’t how you wanted your life to turn out. You need to learn how to escape the rat race and start living the dream.

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These days, 40-hours a week is a joke. If you want to keep that job you’ll work whenever the boss tells you to, and then some. You’ll work into the night, you’ll work on the weekends, and vacations are a thing of the past. You’re missing family dinners, you’re missing your kids’ ballgames, life is passing you by and there’s no exit ramp anywhere in your future.

But there is a better way. Right now, when you look around, all you see is other people running around that same maze with you, all trapped in some type of dead-end job. From your point of view the future seems hopeless. But there are people who’ve managed to escape. They learned how to escape the rat race and they are living their dreams. And you can, too.

The first thing you need to do, and it’s the most important, is stop dreaming and start planning. People who succeed at escaping the rat race are able to do so because they realize there’s a big difference between a dream and a goal. You can dream about sandy beaches and tropical vacations all you want but until you decide to make that dream a reality, you’re just going to continue waking up in that rat race. If you really want to live the dream, you need to turn your dreams into goals.

To do that, you need to decide which of your dreams are most important and which you can realistically achieve. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of owning a mansion, a fleet of sports cars, tropical vacations, and a chest full of diamonds and jewels. Those are lofty dreams, to be sure, but what is it that’s really important to you? You’d be happy if you had a nice home, a new car, some time off to enjoy life, and some financial security. Those are realistic goals, something you can set your sights on and work to achieve.

Your next step is to plan for your success and this is where most folks stumble. We’ve all been raised to believe that if we want something, all we have to do is work a little harder, work a little longer, and we’ll get it. But you’ve already seen that that scenario doesn’t play out anymore. Employers are only willing to pay you so much money per hour and you’d never be able to work enough hours to earn the money to achieve your goals. You need to stop trading your hours for dollars and start developing a residual income stream.

Residual income is long-term income that you collect repeatedly after completing only one action. For example, an author writes one book and the job is done. Yet every time someone buys that book, for the rest of his life, he will earn a portion of the sale. Rental property is another example. You buy a house or apartment building once and you continue to earn income every month when people pay their rent.

If you want to earn more money, so you can buy that mansion and sports car, build a nest egg, or send your kids to college, you write more book or buy more apartment building. The more residual income streams you have the more money you make. When you create enough residual income streams you can stop trading your hours for dollars and the money keeps coming in. You can take that vacation, and spend time with your family and the money keeps coming in.

But maybe you’re not a writer, and you probably don’t have enough cash on hand to start buying up Real Estate. How are you going to create those residual income streams?

Internet Real Estate is cheap and millions of people all over the world are staking their claim. Build niche blogs, build affiliate websites, create your own info-products, the possibilities are endless, and all you need to get started is a goal and the determination to succeed. It’s time you learned how to escape the rat race and start living your dream.

Sté Kerwer
Article written by Sté Kerwer (1993 Posts)
Bonjour from a french guy. My name is Sté Kerwer and Dukeo is my blog. I do most of the heavy lifting in here but from time to time, you may see some guest posts. To receive updates from Dukeo, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
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  2. Andrew
    Andrew

    Well written!

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