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Just for fun I recently asked Erin, “Now that the kids are in summer school, don’t you think it’s about time you went out and got yourself a job?  I hate seeing you wallow in unemployment for so long.” She smiled and said, “Wow.  I have been unemployed a really long time.  That’s weird…  I like it!”

Neither of us have had jobs since the ’90s (my only job was in 1992), so we’ve been self-employed for quite a while.  In our household it’s a running joke for one of us to say to the other, “Maybe you should get a job, derelict!” It’s like the scene in The Three Stooges where Moe tells Curly to get a job, and Curly backs away, saying, “No, please… not that!  Anything but that!” It’s funny that when people reach a certain age, such as after graduating college, they assume it’s time to go out and get a job.  But like many things the masses do, just because everyone does it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.  In fact, if you’re reasonably intelligent, getting a job is one of the worst things you can do to support yourself.  There are far better ways to make a living than selling yourself into indentured servitude.

Here are some reasons you should do everything in your power to avoid getting a job:

1. Income for dummies.

Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea.  There’s only one problem with it.  It’s stupid!  It’s the stupidest way you can possibly generate income!  This is truly income for dummies.

Why is getting a job so dumb?  Because you only get paid when you’re working.  Don’t you see a problem with that, or have you been so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking it’s reasonable and intelligent to only earn income when you’re working?  Have you never considered that it might be better to be paid even when you’re not working?  Who taught you that you could only earn income while working?  Some other brainwashed employee perhaps?

Don’t you think your life would be much easier if you got paid while you were eating, sleeping, and playing with the kids too?  Why not get paid 24/7?  Get paid whether you work or not.  Don’t your plants grow even when you aren’t tending to them?  Why not your bank account? Who cares how many hours you work?  Only a handful of people on this entire planet care how much time you spend at the office.  Most of us won’t even notice whether you work 6 hours a week or 60.  But if you have something of value to provide that matters to us, a number of us will be happy to pull out our wallets and pay you for it.  We don’t care about your time — we only care enough to pay for the value we receive.  Do you really care how long it took me to write this article?  Would you pay me twice as much if it took me 6 hours vs. only 3?

Non-dummies often start out on the traditional income for dummies path.  So don’t feel bad if you’re just now realizing you’ve been suckered.  Non-dummies eventually realize that trading time for money is indeed extremely dumb and that there must be a better way.  And of course there is a better way.  The key is to de-couple your value from your time. Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income.  This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work.  The system delivers the ongoing value to people and generates income from it, and once it’s in motion, it runs continuously whether you tend to it or not.  From that moment on, the bulk of your time can be invested in increasing your income (by refining your system or spawning new ones) instead of merely maintaining your income.

This web site is an example of such a system.  At the time of this writing, it generates about $9000 a month in income for me (update: $40,000 a month as of 10/31/06), and it isn’t my only income stream either.  I write each article just once (fixed time investment), and people can extract value from them year after year.  The web server delivers the value, and other systems (most of which I didn’t even build and don’t even understand) collect income and deposit it automatically into my bank account.  It’s not perfectly passive, but I love writing and would do it for free anyway.  But of course it cost me a lot of money to launch this business, right?  Um, yeah, $9 is an awful lot these days (to register the domain name).  Everything after that was profit. Sure it takes some upfront time and effort to design and implement your own income-generating systems.  But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel — feel free to use existing systems like ad networks and affiliate programs.  Once you get going, you won’t have to work so many hours to support yourself.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be out having dinner with your spouse, knowing that while you’re eating, you’re earning money?  If you want to keep working long hours because you enjoy it, go right ahead.  If you want to sit around doing nothing, feel free.  As long as your system continues delivering value to others, you’ll keep getting paid whether you’re working or not.

Your local bookstore is filled with books containing workable systems others have already designed, tested, and debugged.  Nobody is born knowing how to start a business or generate investment income, but you can easily learn it.  How long it takes you to figure it out is irrelevant because the time is going to pass anyway.  You might as well emerge at some future point as the owner of income-generating systems as opposed to a lifelong wage slave.  This isn’t all or nothing.  If your system only generates a few hundred dollars a month, that’s a significant step in the right direction.

2. Limited experience.

You might think it’s important to get a job to gain experience.  But that’s like saying you should play golf to get experience playing golf.  You gain experience from living, regardless of whether you have a job or not.  A job only gives you experience at that job, but you gain “experience” doing just about anything, so that’s no real benefit at all.  Sit around doing nothing for a couple years, and you can call yourself an experienced meditator, philosopher, or politician.

The problem with getting experience from a job is that you usually just repeat the same limited experience over and over.  You learn a lot in the beginning and then stagnate.  This forces you to miss other experiences that would be much more valuable.  And if your limited skill set ever becomes obsolete, then your experience won’t be worth squat.  In fact, ask yourself what the experience you’re gaining right now will be worth in 20-30 years.  Will your job even exist then?

Consider this.  Which experience would you rather gain?  The knowledge of how to do a specific job really well — one that you can only monetize by trading your time for money — or the knowledge of how to enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life without ever needing a job again?  Now I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the latter experience.  That seems a lot more useful in the real world, wouldn’t you say?

3. Lifelong domestication.

Getting a job is like enrolling in a human domestication program.  You learn how to be a good pet.

Look around you.  Really look.  What do you see?  Are these the surroundings of a free human being?  Or are you living in a cage for unconscious animals?  Have you fallen in love with the color beige? How’s your obedience training coming along?  Does your master reward your good behavior?  Do you get disciplined if you fail to obey your master’s commands?

Is there any spark of free will left inside you?  Or has your conditioning made you a pet for life? Humans are not meant to be raised in cages.  You poor thing…

4. Too many mouths to feed.

Employee income is the most heavily taxed there is.  In the USA you can expect that about half your salary will go to taxes.  The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck.  But you can bet that from your employer’s perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of your pay, as well as any other compensation you receive such as benefits.  Even the rent for the office space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it.  You might feel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that you’re the one paying for it. Another chunk of your income goes to owners and investors.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed. It isn’t hard to understand why employees pay the most in taxes relative to their income.  After all, who has more control over the tax system?  Business owners and investors or employees? You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate.  Your real salary may be more than triple what you’re paid, but most of that money you’ll never see.  It goes straight into other people’s pockets. What a generous person you are!

5. Way too risky.

Many employees believe getting a job is the safest and most secure way to support themselves. Morons.

Social conditioning is amazing.  It’s so good it can even make people believe the exact opposite of the truth. Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (“You’re fired”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you?  Does having only one income stream honestly sound more secure than having 10?

The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly.  You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone.  If you’re an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler.

6. Having an evil bovine master.

When you run into an idiot in the entrepreneurial world, you can turn around and head the other way.  When you run into an idiot in the corporate world, you have to turn around and say, “Sorry, boss.”

Did you know that the word boss comes from the Dutch word baas, which historically means master?  Another meaning of the word boss is “a cow or bovine.”  And in many video games, the boss is the evil dude that you have to kill at the end of a level.

So if your boss is really your evil bovine master, then what does that make you?  Nothing but a turd in the herd. Who’s your daddy?

7. Begging for money.

When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money?  Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then?

Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyone’s permission but your own?

If you have a business and one customer says “no” to you, you simply say “next.”

8. An inbred social life.

Many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet.  They hang out with the same people working in the same field.  Such incestuous relations are social dead ends.  An exciting day includes deep conversations about the company’s switch from Sparkletts to Arrowhead, the delay of Microsoft’s latest operating system, and the unexpected delivery of more Bic pens.  Consider what it would be like to go outside and talk to strangers.  Ooooh… scary!  Better stay inside where it’s safe.

If one of your co-slaves gets sold to another master, do you lose a friend?  If you work in a male-dominated field, does that mean you never get to talk to women above the rank of receptionist?  Why not decide for yourself whom to socialize with instead of letting your master decide for you?  Believe it or not, there are locations on this planet where free people congregate.  Just be wary of those jobless folk — they’re a crazy bunch!

9. Loss of freedom.

It takes a lot of effort to tame a human being into an employee.  The first thing you have to do is break the human’s independent will.  A good way to do this is to give them a weighty policy manual filled with nonsensical rules and regulations.  This leads the new employee to become more obedient, fearing that s/he could be disciplined at any minute for something incomprehensible.  Thus, the employee will likely conclude it’s safest to simply obey the master’s commands without question.  Stir in some office politics for good measure, and we’ve got a freshly minted mind slave. As part of their obedience training, employees must be taught how to dress, talk, move, and so on.  We can’t very well have employees thinking for themselves, now can we?  That would ruin everything. God forbid you should put a plant on your desk when it’s against the company policy.  Oh no, it’s the end of the world!  Cindy has a plant on her desk!  Summon the enforcers!  Send Cindy back for another round of sterility training!

Free human beings think such rules and regulations are silly of course.  The only policy they need is:  “Be smart.  Be nice.  Do what you love.  Have fun.”

10. Becoming a coward.

Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity to whine about problems at their companies?  But they don’t really want solutions — they just want to vent and make excuses why it’s all someone else’s fault.  It’s as if getting a job somehow drains all the free will out of people and turns them into spineless cowards.  If you can’t call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired, you’re no longer free.  You’ve become your master’s property.

When you work around cowards all day long, don’t you think it’s going to rub off on you?  Of course it will.  It’s only a matter of time before you sacrifice the noblest parts of your humanity on the altar of fear:  first courage… then honesty… then honor and integrity… and finally your independent will.  You sold your humanity for nothing but an illusion.  And now your greatest fear is discovering the truth of what you’ve become.

I don’t care how badly you’ve been beaten down.  It is never too late to regain your courage.  Never!

Still want a job?

If you’re currently a well-conditioned, well-behaved employee, your most likely reaction to the above will be defensiveness.  It’s all part of the conditioning.  But consider that if the above didn’t have a grain of truth to it, you wouldn’t have an emotional reaction at all.  This is only a reminder of what you already know.  You can deny your cage all you want, but the cage is still there.  Perhaps this all happened so gradually that you never noticed it until now… like a lobster enjoying a nice warm bath. If any of this makes you mad, that’s a step in the right direction.  Anger is a higher level of consciousness than apathy, so it’s a lot better than being numb all the time.  Any emotion — even confusion — is better than apathy.  If you work through your feelings instead of repressing them, you’ll soon emerge on the doorstep of courage.  And when that happens, you’ll have the will to actually do something about your situation and start living like the powerful human being you were meant to be instead of the domesticated pet you’ve been trained to be.

Happily jobless

What’s the alternative to getting a job?  The alternative is to remain happily jobless for life and to generate income through other means.  Realize that you earn income by providing value — not time — so find a way to provide your best value to others, and charge a fair price for it.  One of the simplest and most accessible ways is to start your own business.  Whatever work you’d otherwise do via employment, find a way to provide that same value directly to those who will benefit most from it.  It takes a bit more time to get going, but your freedom is easily worth the initial investment of time and energy.  Then you can buy your own Scooby Snacks for a change. And of course everything you learn along the way, you can share with others to generate even more value.  So even your mistakes can be monetized.

One of the greatest fears you’ll confront is that you may not have any real value to offer others.  Maybe being an employee and getting paid by the hour is the best you can do.  Maybe you just aren’t worth that much.  That line of thinking is all just part of your conditioning.  It’s absolute nonsense.  As you begin to dump such brainwashing, you’ll soon recognize that you have the ability to provide enormous value to others and that people will gladly pay you for it.  There’s only one thing that prevents you from seeing this truth — fear.

All you really need is the courage to be yourself.  Your real value is rooted in who you are, not what you do.  The only thing you need actually do is express your real self to the world.  You’ve been told all sort of lies as to why you can’t do that.  But you’ll never know true happiness and fulfillment until you summon the courage to do it anyway.

The next time someone says to you, “Get a job,” I suggest you reply as Curly did:  “No, please… not that!  Anything but that!”  Then poke him right in the eyes.

You already know deep down that getting a job isn’t what you want.  So don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise.  Learn to trust your inner wisdom, even if the whole world says you’re wrong and foolish for doing so.  Years from now you’ll look back and realize it was one of the best decisions you ever made.

Final thoughts

While I wouldn’t recommend starting an online business for everyone, for many people it’s one of the best ways to generate income without a job. It has certainly worked disgustingly well for me. If you’re interested in learning more about this option, please check out Build Your Own Successful Online Business for details.

About the author:

Steve Pavlina calls himself “the most intensely growth-oriented individual you will ever meet.” While sitting in a jail cell at age 19, Steve decided to dedicate his life to the pursuit of personal growth. Passionate about sharing what he learned with anyone who desires self-improvement, he has written more than 700 articles and has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and Self Magazine. As a result of giving away all his best ideas for free, Steve’s Website quickly became the most popular personal development site in the world, receiving more than 2 million visitors per month.

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Just

for

fun

I

recently

asked

Erin



“Now

that

the

kids

are

in

summer

school



don’t

you

think

it’s

about

time

you

went

out

and got

yourself

a

job

 

I

hate

seeing

you

wallow

in

unemployment

for

so

long

” She

smiled

and

said



“Wow

 

I

have

been

unemployed

a

really

long

time

 

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weird… 

I

like

it





Neither

of

us

have

had

jobs

since

the

’90s

(my

only

job

was

in

1992)



so

we’ve

been

self

employed

for

quite

a

while

 

In

our

household

it’s

a

running

joke

for

one

of

us

to

say

to

the

other



“Maybe

you

should

get

a

job



derelict

” It’s

like

the

scene

in

The

Three

Stooges

where

Moe

tells

Curly

to

get

a

job



and

Curly

backs

away



saying



“No



please…

not

that

 

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but

that

” It’s

funny

that

when

people

reach

a

certain

age



such

as

after

graduating

college



they

assume it’s

time

to

go

out

and

get

a

job

 

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like

many

things

the

masses

do



just

because

everyone

does

it

doesn’t

mean

it’s

a

good

idea

 

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fact



if

you’re

reasonably

intelligent



getting

a

job

is

one

of

the

worst

things

you

can

do

to

support

yourself

 

There

are

far

better

ways

to

make

a

living

than

selling

yourself

into

indentured

servitude





Here

are

some

reasons

you

should

do

everything

in

your

power

to

avoid

getting

a

job:



1



Income

for

dummies





Getting

a

job

and

trading

your

time

for

money

may

seem

like

a

good

idea

 

There’s

only

one

problem

with

it

 

It’s

stupid

 

It’s

the

stupidest

way

you

can

possibly

generate

income

  This

is truly

income

for

dummies





Why

is

getting

a

job

so

dumb

 

Because

you

only

get

paid

when

you’re

working

 

Don’t

you

see

a

problem

with

that



or

have

you

been

so

thoroughly

brainwashed

into

thinking

it’s

reasonable

and

intelligent

to

only

earn

income

when

you’re

working

  Have

you

never

considered

that

it

might

be

better

to be

paid

even

when

you’re

not

working

 

Who

taught

you

that

you

could

only

earn

income

while

working

 

Some

other

brainwashed

employee

perhaps





Don’t

you

think

your

life

would

be

much

easier

if

you

got

paid

while

you

were

eating



sleeping



and

playing

with

the

kids

too

 

Why

not

get

paid

24/7

 

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paid

whether

you

work

or

not

 

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your

plants

grow

even

when

you

aren’t

tending

to

them

 

Why

not

your

bank

account

Who

cares

how

many

hours

you

work

 

Only

a

handful

of

people

on

this

entire

planet

care

how

much

time

you

spend

at

the

office

 

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of

us

won’t

even

notice

whether

you

work

6

hours

a

week

or

60

 

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if

you

have

something

of

value

to

provide

that

matters

to

us

 a

number

of

us

will be

happy

to

pull

out

our

wallets

and pay

you

for

it

 

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don’t

care

about

your

time



we

only

care

enough

to

pay

for

the

value

we

receive

 

Do

you

really

care

how

long

it

took

me

to

write

this

article

 

Would

you

pay

me

twice

as

much

if

it

took

me 6

hours vs



only

3





Non

dummies

often

start

out

on

the

traditional

income

for

dummies

path

 

So

don’t

feel

bad

if

you’re

just

now

realizing

you’ve

been

suckered

  Non

dummies

eventually

realize

that

trading

time

for

money

is

indeed

extremely

dumb

and that

there

must

be

a

better

way

 

And

of

course

there

is

a

better

way

 

The

key

is

to

de

couple your

value from

your

time

Smart

people build

systems

that

generate

income

24/7



especially

passive

income

 

This

can

include

starting a

business



building

a

web

site



becoming

an

investor



or

generating

royalty

income

from

creative

work

 

The

system

delivers

the

ongoing

value

to

people

and

generates

income

from

it



and

once

it’s

in

motion



it

runs

continuously

whether

you

tend

to

it

or

not

 

From

that

moment

on



the

bulk

of

your

time

can

be

invested

in

increasing

your

income

(by

refining

your

system

or

spawning

new

ones)

instead

of

merely

maintaining

your

income





This

web

site

is

an

example

of

such

a

system

 

At

the

time

of

this

writing



it

generates

about

$9000

a

month

in

income

for

me

(update:

$40

000

a

month

as

of

10/31/06)



and

it

isn’t

my

only

income

stream

either

 

I

write

each

article

just

once

(fixed

time

investment)



and

people

can

extract

value

from

them

year

after

year

 

The

web

server

delivers

the

value



and

other

systems

(most

of

which

I

didn’t

even

build

and

don’t

even

understand)

collect

income

and

deposit

it

automatically

into

my

bank

account

 

It’s

not

perfectly

passive



but I

love

writing

and

would

do

it

for

free

anyway

 

But

of

course

it

cost

me

a

lot

of

money

to

launch

this

business



right

 

Um



yeah



$9

is

an

awful

lot

these

days

(to

register

the

domain

name)

 

Everything

after

that

was

profit

Sure

it

takes

some

upfront

time

and

effort to

design

and

implement

your

own

income

generating

systems

 

But

you

don’t

have

to

reinvent

the

wheel



feel

free

to

use

existing

systems

like

ad

networks

and

affiliate

programs

 

Once

you

get

going



you

won’t have

to

work

so

many

hours

to

support

yourself

 

Wouldn’t

it

be

nice

to

be

out

having

dinner

with

your

spouse



knowing

that

while

you’re

eating



you’re

earning

money

 

If

you

want

to

keep

working

long

hours

because

you

enjoy

it



go

right

ahead

 

If

you

want

to

sit

around

doing

nothing



feel

free

 

As

long

as

your

system

continues

delivering

value

to

others



you’ll

keep

getting

paid

whether

you’re

working

or

not





Your local

bookstore is

filled

with

books

containing workable

systems

others

have

already

designed



tested



and

debugged

 

Nobody

is

born

knowing

how

to

start

a

business

or

generate

investment

income



but

you

can

easily

learn

it

 

How

long

it

takes

you

to figure

it

out is

irrelevant

because

the

time

is

going

to

pass

anyway

 

You

might

as

well

emerge

at

some

future

point

as

the

owner

of

income

generating

systems

as

opposed

to

a

lifelong

wage

slave

  This isn’t

all

or

nothing

 

If

your

system

only

generates

a

few

hundred

dollars

a

month



that’s

a

significant

step

in

the

right

direction





2



Limited

experience





You

might

think

it’s

important

to

get

a

job

to

gain

experience

 

But

that’s

like

saying

you

should

play

golf

to

get

experience

playing

golf

 

You

gain

experience

from

living



regardless

of

whether

you

have

a

job

or

not

 

A

job

only gives

you

experience

at

that

job



but

you gain “experience”

doing

just

about

anything



so

that’s

no

real

benefit

at

all

 

Sit

around

doing

nothing

for a

couple years



and

you

can

call

yourself an

experienced

meditator



philosopher



or

politician





The

problem

with

getting

experience

from

a

job

is

that

you

usually

just repeat

the

same

limited

experience

over

and

over

 

You

learn

a

lot

in

the

beginning

and

then stagnate

 

This

forces

you

to

miss

other

experiences

that

would

be

much

more

valuable

 

And

if

your

limited

skill

set

ever

becomes

obsolete



then

your experience

won’t

be

worth

squat

 

In

fact



ask

yourself

what

the

experience

you’re

gaining

right

now

will

be

worth

in

20

30

years

 

Will

your

job

even

exist

then





Consider

this

 

Which

experience

would

you

rather

gain

 

The

knowledge

of

how

to

do

a specific

job

really

well



one

that

you

can

only

monetize

by

trading

your

time

for

money

— or

the

knowledge

of

how

to

enjoy

financial

abundance

for

the

rest

of

your

life

without

ever

needing

a

job

again

 

Now

I

don’t

know

about

you



but

I’d

rather

have

the

latter

experience

 

That

seems

a

lot

more

useful

in

the

real

world



wouldn’t

you

say





3



Lifelong

domestication





Getting

a

job is

like

enrolling

in

a

human

domestication

program

  You

learn

how

to

be a

good

pet





Look

around

you

 

Really

look

 

What

do

you

see

 

Are

these

the

surroundings

of

a

free

human

being

 

Or

are

you

living

in

a

cage

for

unconscious

animals

  Have

you

fallen

in love

with the

color

beige

How’s

your

obedience

training

coming

along

 

Does

your

master

reward

your

good behavior

 

Do

you

get

disciplined

if

you

fail

to

obey

your

master’s

commands





Is

there

any

spark

of

free

will

left

inside

you

 

Or

has

your

conditioning

made

you

a

pet

for

life

Humans

are

not

meant

to

be

raised

in

cages

 

You

poor

thing…



4

 Too

many

mouths

to

feed





Employee

income

is

the

most

heavily

taxed

there

is

 

In

the

USA

you

can

expect

that

about

half

your

salary

will

go

to

taxes

 

The

tax

system

is

designed

to

disguise

how

much

you’re

really

giving up

because

some

of

those

taxes

are

paid

by

your

employer



and

some

are

deducted

from

your

paycheck

 

But

you

can

bet

that

from

your

employer’s

perspective



all

of

those

taxes

are

considered

part

of

your

pay



as

well

as

any

other

compensation

you

receive

such

as

benefits

 

Even

the

rent

for

the

office

space

you

consume

is

considered



so

you

must

generate

that

much

more

value

to

cover

it

  You

might feel

supported

by

your

corporate

environment



but

keep

in

mind

that

you’re

the

one paying

for

it

Another

chunk

of

your

income

goes

to owners

and

investors

 

That’s a

lot

of mouths

to

feed

It

isn’t

hard

to

understand

why

employees

pay

the

most

in

taxes

relative

to

their

income

 

After

all



who has

more

control

over

the

tax

system

 

Business

owners

and

investors

or

employees

You

only

get

paid

a

fraction

of

the

real

value

you

generate

 

Your

real

salary

may

be

more

than triple

what

you’re

paid



but

most

of

that

money

you’ll

never

see

 

It

goes

straight

into

other

people’s

pockets

What

a

generous

person

you

are





5

 Way

too

risky





Many

employees

believe

getting

a

job

is

the

safest

and

most

secure

way

to

support

themselves

Morons





Social

conditioning

is

amazing

 

It’s so

good

it

can

even make

people

believe

the

exact

opposite

of

the

truth

Does

putting

yourself

in

a

position

where

someone

else

can

turn

off

all

your

income

just

by

saying

two

words

(“You’re

fired”)

sound

like

a

safe

and

secure

situation

to

you

 

Does

having

only

one

income

stream

honestly

sound

more

secure

than

having

10





The

idea

that

a

job

is

the

most

secure

way

to

generate

income

is

just

silly

 

You

can’t

have

security

if

you

don’t

have

control



and

employees

have

the

least

control

of

anyone

 

If

you’re

an

employee



then

your

real

job

title

should

be

professional

gambler





6

 Having

an

evil bovine

master





When

you

run

into

an

idiot

in

the

entrepreneurial

world



you

can

turn

around

and head

the

other

way

 

When

you

run

into

an

idiot

in

the

corporate

world

 you have

to

turn

around

and say



“Sorry



boss





Did

you

know

that

the

word

boss

comes

from

the

Dutch

word

baas



which

historically

means

master

 

Another

meaning

of

the

word boss is

“a cow

or

bovine

” 

And

in

many

video

games



the

boss

is

the

evil

dude

that

you

have

to

kill

at

the

end

of

a

level





So

if

your

boss

is

really

your

evil

bovine

master



then

what

does

that

make

you

  Nothing

but

a turd in

the

herd

Who’s

your

daddy





7



Begging

for

money





When you

want

to increase

your

income



do

you

have

to

sit

up

and

beg

your

master

for

more

money

 

Does

it

feel good

to

be thrown

some

extra Scooby

Snacks

now

and

then





Or

are

you

free

to

decide

how

much

you

get

paid

without

needing

anyone’s

permission

but

your

own





If

you

have

a

business

and

one

customer

says

“no”

to

you



you

simply

say

“next





8

 An

inbred

social

life





Many

people

treat

their

jobs

as

their

primary

social

outlet

 

They

hang

out

with

the

same

people

working

in

the

same

field

 

Such

incestuous

relations

are

social

dead

ends

 

An

exciting

day

includes

deep

conversations

about the

company’s switch

from

Sparkletts

to

Arrowhead



the

delay

of

Microsoft’s

latest

operating

system



and

the

unexpected

delivery

of

more

Bic

pens

 

Consider

what

it

would

be

like

to

go

outside

and

talk

to

strangers

 

Ooooh…

scary

 

Better

stay

inside

where

it’s

safe





If

one

of

your

co

slaves gets

sold

to

another

master



do

you

lose

a

friend

 

If

you

work

in

a

male

dominated

field



does

that

mean

you

never

get

to

talk

to

women

above

the

rank

of

receptionist

 

Why

not

decide

for

yourself

whom

to

socialize

with

instead

of

letting

your

master decide

for

you

 

Believe

it

or

not



there

are

locations

on

this

planet

where

free

people

congregate

 

Just

be

wary

of

those

jobless

folk



they’re

a

crazy

bunch





9

 Loss

of freedom





It

takes

a

lot

of

effort

to

tame

a

human

being

into

an

employee

 

The

first

thing

you

have

to

do

is

break

the

human’s

independent

will

 

A

good

way

to

do

this

is

to

give

them

a

weighty policy

manual filled

with

nonsensical

rules

and

regulations

  This

leads

the new

employee

to

become more

obedient



fearing that

s/he could

be

disciplined

at

any

minute

for

something

incomprehensible

 

Thus



the employee

will

likely

conclude

it’s

safest

to

simply

obey

the master’s

commands

without

question

 

Stir

in

some

office

politics

for

good

measure



and we’ve

got

a

freshly

minted mind

slave

As

part

of

their

obedience

training



employees

must

be

taught

how to

dress



talk



move



and

so

on

 

We

can’t

very

well

have

employees

thinking

for

themselves



now

can

we

 

That

would

ruin

everything

God forbid

you

should

put

a

plant

on

your

desk

when

it’s

against

the

company

policy

 

Oh

no



it’s

the

end

of

the

world

 

Cindy

has

a

plant

on

her

desk

 

Summon

the

enforcers

 

Send

Cindy

back

for

another

round

of sterility

training





Free

human

beings

think

such

rules

and

regulations

are

silly

of

course

 

The

only

policy

they

need

is: 

“Be

smart

 

Be

nice

 

Do

what

you

love

 

Have

fun





10

 Becoming

a

coward





Have

you

noticed

that

employed

people

have

an

almost

endless

capacity

to whine

about

problems

at

their

companies

 

But

they

don’t

really

want

solutions

— they

just

want

to vent and

make

excuses

why

it’s

all

someone

else’s

fault

 

It’s

as

if

getting

a

job

somehow

drains

all

the

free

will

out

of

people

and

turns

them into

spineless

cowards

 

If

you

can’t

call

your

boss

a

jerk

now

and

then

without

fear

of

getting

fired

 you’re

no

longer

free

 

You’ve

become

your

master’s

property





When

you

work

around

cowards all

day

long



don’t

you

think

it’s

going

to

rub

off

on

you

 

Of

course

it

will

 

It’s

only

a

matter

of

time

before

you sacrifice

the noblest

parts

of

your

humanity on

the

altar

of

fear: 

first

courage…

then

honesty…

then

honor

and integrity…

and

finally your

independent will

 

You

sold

your

humanity

for

nothing but an

illusion

 

And

now

your

greatest

fear

is

discovering

the

truth

of

what

you’ve

become





I

don’t

care

how

badly

you’ve

been

beaten

down

 

It

is never

too

late to

regain

your

courage

 

Never





Still

want

a

job





If

you’re

currently a

well

conditioned



well

behaved employee

 your

most

likely

reaction

to

the

above

will

be

defensiveness

 

It’s

all

part

of

the

conditioning

 

But

consider

that

if

the

above

didn’t

have

a

grain

of

truth

to

it



you

wouldn’t

have

an emotional reaction

at

all

 

This

is

only

a

reminder of

what

you

already

know

  You

can

deny your

cage

all

you

want



but

the

cage

is

still

there

 

Perhaps this

all happened

so

gradually

that you

never

noticed

it

until

now…

like

a

lobster enjoying

a

nice warm

bath

If

any

of

this

makes

you

mad



that’s

a

step

in

the

right

direction

 

Anger

is

a

higher

level

of

consciousness

than

apathy



so

it’s

a

lot

better

than

being

numb

all

the

time

 

Any

emotion



even

confusion



is

better

than

apathy

 

If

you

work

through

your

feelings

instead

of

repressing

them



you’ll

soon

emerge

on

the

doorstep of courage

 

And

when

that

happens



you’ll

have

the

will

to

actually

do

something

about

your

situation

and

start

living

like the

powerful human

being

you

were

meant

to

be

instead

of

the

domesticated

pet you’ve

been trained

to

be





Happily

jobless



What’s

the

alternative

to

getting

a

job

 

The

alternative

is

to

remain

happily

jobless

for

life and

to

generate

income

through other

means

 

Realize

that

you

earn

income

by

providing

value



not

time

— so

find

a

way

to

provide

your

best

value

to

others



and

charge

a

fair

price for

it

  One

of the

simplest

and

most

accessible ways is

to

start

your

own

business

 

Whatever

work

you’d

otherwise

do via

employment



find

a

way

to

provide

that

same

value

directly

to

those

who

will

benefit

most

from

it

 

It

takes

a

bit

more

time

to

get

going



but

your

freedom

is

easily

worth

the

initial

investment

of

time

and

energy

 

Then

you

can

buy

your

own

Scooby

Snacks

for

a

change

And

of

course

everything

you

learn

along

the

way



you

can

share

with

others

to

generate

even

more

value

 

So

even

your

mistakes

can

be

monetized





One

of

the

greatest

fears

you’ll

confront

is

that

you

may

not

have

any

real value

to

offer

others

 

Maybe

being

an

employee

and

getting

paid

by

the

hour

is

the

best

you

can

do

 

Maybe

you

just

aren’t

worth

that

much

 

That

line

of

thinking

is

all

just part

of

your

conditioning

 

It’s

absolute

nonsense

 

As

you

begin

to

dump

such

brainwashing



you’ll

soon

recognize

that

you

have

the

ability

to

provide

enormous

value

to

others

and

that

people

will

gladly

pay

you

for

it

 

There’s

only

one

thing

that

prevents

you

from

seeing

this

truth



fear





All

you

really

need

is

the

courage

to

be

yourself

 

Your

real

value

is

rooted

in who

you

are



not

what

you

do

 

The

only

thing

you

need

actually

do

is

express your

real

self to

the

world

 

You’ve

been

told

all

sort

of

lies

as

to

why

you

can’t

do

that

 

But

you’ll

never

know

true

happiness

and

fulfillment

until

you

summon

the

courage

to

do

it

anyway





The

next

time

someone

says

to

you



“Get

a

job



I

suggest

you

reply

as

Curly

did:  “No



please…

not

that

 

Anything

but

that

” 

Then

poke

him

right

in

the

eyes





You

already know

deep

down

that

getting

a

job

isn’t

what

you

want

 

So

don’t

let

anyone

try

to

tell

you

otherwise

 

Learn

to

trust

your

inner

wisdom



even

if

the

whole

world

says

you’re

wrong

and

foolish

for

doing

so

 

Years

from

now

you’ll

look

back

and

realize it

was

one

of

the

best

decisions

you

ever

made





Final

thoughts



While

I

wouldn’t

recommend

starting

an

online

business

for

everyone



for

many

people

it’s

one

of

the

best

ways

to

generate

income

without

a

job



It

has

certainly

worked

disgustingly

well

for

me



If

you’re

interested

in

learning

more

about

this

option



please

check

out Build

Your

Own

Successful

Online

Business

for

details





About

the

author:



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Pavlina

calls

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“the

most

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While

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cell

at

age

19



Steve

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the

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he

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than

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and

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Times



USA

Today



and

Self

Magazine



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Steve’s

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