Looking at any city during rush hour from a bird’s eye view, it’s quite easy to understand why we call it a rat race.
When I look at the people on the streets, I’m not sure whether I should laugh or cry. People are running around like crazy these days, without even knowing why?
To me, it looks like we are running to survive… Like a rat in a maze.
First of All, What is the Rat Race?
Our western civilization system was originally constructed in such a way as to take care of the man. Or at least it is meant to take care of the man. It began with a good intention to give everyone a chance for a decent life.
However, the corporate world and human greed have turned the system into what we call a rat race today.
The concept of the system goes something like this:
- Age 0 – 7 we enjoy our lives
- Age 7 – 20 we are preparing for the life (school)
- Age 20 – 65 rat race begins (9-5)
- Age 65 – 80+ we “enjoy” the years of our work
Some people like the system, they think it is wonderful, safe, and secure. They get all they need from their corporate bosses and they are happy. I can’t argue with that.
If you are happy to be a part of the system, go for it. Stop reading right now.
However, I think that we are not meant to live that kind of life. To give 45 (!!!) years of our lives to the job you don’t even like is ridiculous! We have one life only and I think we are expected to live free and enjoy the world that we are a part of! We should be in the first place.
And why do you work at your job? Probably to pay off for all things you don’t even need in your life. And of course to provide for your family which is probably the only good reason why you run the race.
Today, man is not in first place anymore. Not even in second place. He is in third place, behind money and machine (read: computer, car, phone, etc.) We slave to those things. I am not trying to say there is no use out of them, of course, there is, however, they should serve to us, no other way around.
I can go in depth about this topic all day. But that is not the reason why I wanted to write this post.
So, if you wish to put yourself in the first place and finally escape from the vicious cycle of the rat race, this post might help you begin.
Now, How to Escape From Rat Race?
I was in the same position for some time, almost ten years. All the time I had this urge in me to fight it, to escape from it. I knew I was not a rat, neither did I belong in a so-called rat race.
Slowly, I started to scratch my head and ask myself the question of how?
For every question, there is an answer!
I got mine, and I will share with you five things you will have to have with you, while climbing over the maze walls, running to your freedom.
Oh, by the way, to answer the question of how I will say this:
“Those who think they can and those who think they can’t are both usually right.” -Confucius
If you can create an attitude that it is going to be easy, you will find it is easy. If you are going to hold a grudge against your boss or your job and carry a negative attitude with you, believe me, you will remain where you are.
It is a mental game. To win in your reality, you will have to earn it in your head first. These five bits of advice can help you to prepare yourself mentally in order to stay focused and strong until you reach your freedom.
One more advice is to relax, stay relaxed, and enjoy the ride! You never know, you might find you will have some fun along the way.
Now, here are some of the “tools” you are going to need to make the escape as smooth as possible.
5 Things You’ll Need to Escape From the Rat Race
I have discovered and made a list of 5 essential things you need with you on your journey out from the rat race. Neglect to take one of these with you and you will miss an opportunity to win.
Moreover, remember this, you can use these five tools to accomplish anything after in life. Just try and see.
1.) Strong Desire
Desire is the fuel which propels your actions. How far you will go, depends on how strong your desire is. Don’t just wish for it, instead, dream it, want it, burn for it.!
If your desire is strong enough, you will ultimately achieve it!
Write it down on a piece of paper and keep it with you to remind yourself every single day of what you are fighting for. Read it every day for at least two times. This may sound silly to you right now, but trust me, if nothing it will help you to create an everyday focus on your desire.
2.) Blind Faith
I wrote “blind” for a reason. You are going somewhere you have never been before. So make sure you believe you will get there.
“If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.” -Bob Proctor
Here is a small, yet powerful exercise for developing a feeling of faith.
Close your eyes a few times a day, and daydream your escape. Relax and use your imagination to go places, do things you want to do, dream the freedom you desire. See yourself as a free human and not a rat that runs around all day. Because if you are able to see it in your mind first it means you have enough faith in you to do it in your reality.
DO NOT MISS THIS!
Because, when your desire gets weak, your faith will lift you up and push you further.
Because, when your desire gets weak, your faith will lift you up and push you further. Faith will ignite the flames of your desire if they get weak. Faith will give additional strength to your actions. Without faith, you can’t get much in life.
Do not neglect this powerful emotion!
3.) A Goal and a Plan
You are going on a journey, a journey with one destination, your freedom. So make sure you set your direction toward it.
Transform your desire into a goal, and your goal into a plan, and your plan into action.
4.) Persistence of Rocky Balboa
If you watched any of the (I don’t know how many) Rocky movies starring Sylvester Stallone, you can perceive that one great quality in the Rocky character is persistence, and this facilitated his victories.
In celebration of persistence, Napoleon Hill wrote this line in his classic book, Think and Grow Rich:
“There may be no heroic connotation to the word persistence, but the quality is to the character of man what carbon is to steel.”
There will be tough times in your escape from the rat race. No matter how tough it becomes, you will have to persist in your intention!
Because, in the end, persistence pays off!
5.) A Sidekick
Batman and Robin, Bonnie and Clyde, Jordan and Pippen, You and?
Anyone who is close to you can be your sidekick: girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, sister, brother, mother, father, friend.
Take at least one person with you because it is twice as easy to make it happen with help from someone who you have a connection to.
I took my younger brother with me.
Whenever you have difficulty climbing over the maze walls, or you don’t know whether to go left or right, you will have someone besides you to give you a hand.
One hand washes another.
And remember! Two heads are smarter than one.
How Long it Takes to Escape From Rat Race?
It all depends on how strong your desire is, how much faith you have in your abilities, how good your goals and plans are, and how much persistent you are!
If you ever find yourself lacking in any of the mentioned, you will have your sidekick to push you forward, or to give you a word of encouragement, a piece of advice, or just a look of faith that you can do it.
So, how long it takes, it practically all depends on you! For some people, it takes decades of struggle. Other people who prepare themselves properly manage to do it in a short time.
One more factor plays a huge role here, and that is your PATIENCE. You will have to know that no one knows how long does it take for some things to happen. If we wait long enough, persevere and work toward our goal, the situation will occur.
However, if you lose your patience, you will lose your goal.
One more time I will give you the same advice. It can be easy and fun if you stay relaxed and enjoy it.
Escape From Rat the Race, Be Your Boss and Work From Home
For me, the idea of working from home and being my own boss was my actual desire. The fact that I will be able to get up from my desk and spend time with my family in the next room was it for me!
I was looking and searching until I found the right thing for me. In the meantime, I had a lot of opportunities, but I had not taken any of them. I knew what I wanted, and I was not going to settle for less.
I found my thing, and I found out a lot of people share my situation which is an excellent thing. I can connect with more people, grow faster, create networks quickly, share ideas, and a lot more.
Affiliate marketing was my thing. It is a job like every other.
However, here are a few reasons how and why it helped me to escape:
- It is a job I run by my self; I am my BOSS!
- I can work from home or anywhere I want as long as I have an Internet connection! FREEDOM of movement.
- The real beauty of things lies in the fact that I can do something that I like and LOVE to do!
- I earn money by doing something that I LIKE not something that I HAVE to do.
- I can create MULTIPLE SOURCES OF PASSIVE INCOME!
All I needed to escape from the rat race and become my boss were those five things above, coupled with a laptop and Internet connection.
I wish you all the best on your journey, and I hope to see you on the other side.
To your success!
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,