Originally Posted by Taskiss
Ever see someone channel someone else ... enable someone else to be inspired.. to be creative.. to be inventive?
It requires freedom of thought, freedom to risk, freedom to follow individual patterns, not being directed by the government in some particular pattern of behavior and business.
I've done it "my way". I've gotten where I am because of bargains I've struck, agreements I've made, and there were times I was offered very sweet deals - if I would put aside my goals and assume goals others set for me. I thanked them kindly and went my own way.
I suck at jobs where folks try to direct me. Really, REALLY suck at them. I'm not someone who can be micro-managed... or even managed. Give me a responsibility and let me decide how to fulfill it.
I've been happiest since going my own way, 15 or so years ago, becoming an independent consultant. I get paid by the hour and if I don't work, I don't get paid. I pay my own insurance. I am richly rewarded.
I work with people that rely on their jobs as their means of support, I rely on my career. Those folks generally aren't happy with their jobs, I'm fucking ecstatic with my career.
I suggest people try being independent, it's the best thing since sliced bread. Thing is, you can't be independent if you're dependent...and being independent and being taken care of by the government are mutually exclusive.
As someone who is trying to get into a position where I don't have to work under the direction of someone else and become financially independent, I have observed what has happened over my short 28 year lifetime - under Republican and Democrat control alike - and I am seeing the opportunities that will allow me to achieve my dreams slowly (and now not so slowly) eroding away.
I am trying to achieve something that my president and government do not want me to achieve: self sufficiency and financial independence.
I believe that if I want something bad enough, it is my responsibility to work hard and persevere, to do all I can to obtain it.
However, I see more and more people becoming dependent on an ever-growing government and on the charity of others.
Because I was laid off for couple months this past Dec - January, I now have a house in foreclosure. I am doing all I can to work with the bank to do a short sale. We've submitted and resubmitted any and all paperwork they have requested. Our realtor found a buyer. The bank has been "working on this" - reassigning our case various times (so they say) and repeatedly telling us that we would see some resolution within 2-3 weeks. That was 6 months ago.
We have since moved into a small condo that we own, but we travel to our old house once a week to maintain the property. We continue to pay HOA dues and whatever utilities are required to keep the landscaping looking good. We are doing all we possibly can within our means to be responsible and take accountability for our own financial failings.
We are frustrated and upset when we talk to friends - a married couple with a baby boy - who also had to walk away from their home due to financial hardship. They just walked away, abandoned the property entirely and let it rot. They filed for bankruptcy and made all their debt go away. They are on government subsidized health insurance through the state of Arizona, and neither of them work.
They live rent-free in a nice home one of their relatives owns. They just put new laminate-wood flooring in, and have a nice big flat-screen LCD TV. He's going to school full-time - that has to be government subsidized or paid for by someone else. They have 2 cars. I think someone else buys them groceries and gas for their cars. They are completely dependent on others for their survival.
Now, we are all dependent on others for our survival to some degree.
But I can't help but look at my friends and ask myself what the heck I am doing, trying to be responsible for my own family and be self-sufficient.
I've dreamed about going back to school and earning a degree, but I've never wanted to go into debt to do it. It's so enticing to just quit my job, file for bankruptcy, and live off the government and the charity of others.
But I quickly remind myself that it is more enticing to me to be self-sufficient and financially independent. I want to be in a position to help others when they truly need it - and to help others reduce their dependency on government and employers.
I'm fortunate to have a good job with good benefits. But I don't want to be working for someone else for the rest of my life. I want to be the guy that others work for. Is it wrong for me to want that? Is it wrong for me to be ambitious? Is it wrong for me to want to be financially independent - to be wealthy?