THE PaST: "Go to school then study a degree that makes a difference to the world"
THE.PReSeNT: "Go to school and study a degree to make you rich, all that touchy feely stuff won't pay, get a corporate job, go work in finance"
THE.FUTURE: "sell your soul to me Muuugh Ha Ha Ha - OK a bit carried away just get into debt up to your eyeballs. I love a good debt slave, mine all mine."
Has the world become more individualistic and materialistic? If you are not part of the system are you weird? Come on get with it, work hard, climb the ladder and load up on debt until you drop.
Is this really the pursuit of happiness - stuff and job status or just a marketeers dream of control over the masses?
Is getting with the system the way to go? if so why the F**** does this blog "chase" financial freedom?
Why isn't THE.CoNtENDeR blogging about working, making a difference in BIG business?
Perhaps the CoNTEnDER has got it all wrong. Perhaps he needs a good look at himself and get (back) with the system?
Known, Know, NO's
We know burning fossil fuels is not 100% good. Particulate pollution and rising gases in the atmosphere come with some known and unknown consequences. On the other hand we have realised the BIGGEST improvement in living standards mankind has ever seen. Life expectancies have increased dramatically.
The group think it is now "normal" to burn fossil fuels, we are unsure of the consequences but are enjoying the ride while it lasts.
We know that we live on a planet of finite resources but we still continue to consume them at increasingly faster rates. They will deplete - what do we do then?
Someone will have to go without in THE.FUTuRE - be rich and buy our way out of it!
We know work is good for us but too much work can be bad. We know that some stress (eustress) helps us fulfil our potential. At the same time a eustress 9-5 job is now becoming a stressed 8-9 job.
Work adds meaning to life and stress is good for you as well as having money to exchange for some material comforts. You will have a career to look back on. You will have achieved something special in life - just make sure you are able to get the right job that pays well, letting you get ahead in life.
We know that debt is bad so why do it? We know saving is good but the majority thinks saving 3-4% of their take home pay is very very good. Invest it? Who are you kidding you cannot beat the professionals on Wall Street - pay them big fees to loose your money instead.
Why save when we have a state and work pension. Inflation will erode the value of any debt we take on and our house will go up in price. My pay goes up over time so I will be able to pay for inflating goods and housing. I am told I need lots of shiny gadgets and lots of designer clothes. I need to be on the work bandwagon to afford it all.
We know money doesn't grow on trees - it is made from them! On top of that more recently it is actually typed into existence on a computer - not the one I am typing on I am sad to say. Can fiat money really be a store of wealth when it can be created out of fresh air so easily? Go figure.
The government is in control of inflation. Inflation = good and Deflation = bad because they say so. Just accept that it is good that your cash savings loose value each year and you have to pay more for goods and services. It is all OK as Inflation = good.
The family structure is challenged by he reduced amount of time at home. On the flip side it has more money to spend than ever.
The government is providing lots of tax incentives to help pay for child care at a creche. I need to be in work to accrue the state pension entitlement. Instead of the parent staying at home messing up their career their child can be happy with lots of other kids.
How to loose friends and Alienate People
WORK: So THE.CoNTENDER has a conundrum. He knows that some work is good for him (and has been) and the material well being of the family. At the same time work is becoming very time consuming and over stressful at times. If he does not return to work soon it will ruin his career.
MR.MANAGER: "Learn from your mistakes" yadda yadda. Go and do another secondment. It is c=great for your career development profile. While you are at it do the work of 3 people. [We have just made some people redundant but you will pick up the work or get a pink slip yourself!]. You will be recognised and be in line [but won't] get a pay rise for being TOP TALENT! [some day - it was 5 years and counting for THE.COnTeNDER]"
CONTeNDER: "Why have I been put in a position that is good for me to f**** up? Is it to keep me in place. Is it so that I do not get a pay rise?
Is it so I give more precious time to working harder making MR.INCOMPETENT.RISK.ADVERSE.MANAGER look good?
Come on look beyond the politics [and spineless look after my self slime] and see what a CAREER I'm having. I am working harder and harder but seem to be just standing still. That ladder has large gaps between the spokes :(
In the end what LEGACY will I leave though.....they will be talking about me for.....minutes!"
MR.MANAGER? "This CoNTENDER is young, naive. He needs to work hard, think hard, experience failure, make the hard yards - just like me! [and make me look great along the way but....why hasn't he bought a house yet like me I worked my way up the housing ladder to my swanky new apartment?)
He must understand he will be a manager one day (Look at the perks I'm off to Hawaii with the family for 3 weeks) what a privilege [why does he like going home to the kids - he could be climbing the ladder fast if he just works harder and longer?] I will mentor him, work him hard, mold him in to the ultimate hard nosed business man just like me - it is for his own good!"
Can one truly argue with this? Business is competitive - FACT. The tough survive the idealists perish. Business cannot rest on its laurels and look all starred eyed at the "big picture", "great ideals" and being a "good citizen". Business is all about making money NOW or you want be in business for long.
You can have a winning product today and a loosing one tomorrow. Money in the bank today gives you options tomorrow, debt leads to closures and the possibility of takeover. You have to be the best. You have to crush all of the upstarts that enter the ring!
Working in a competitive business environment helps to toughen employees up!
Outside of business the government is there to protect you with all of its safety nets but what if they are pulled away? The employee will still have the skills he learnt in business to stand on his own two feet right? In that case a bit of decisiveness, tenacity and fight learnt in the workplace can't do any harm.
THE.CoNTeNDER has been there and burnt the midnight oil to build a semi career. Working hard when one is young IS the right thing to do on the path to financial independence - get on with when probably does not get in the way of living / family.
The challenge is to understand what is the right lifestyle balance at a particular point in time. Is it time to go into up shift overdrive (young) to be able to downshift for balance (young family)?
THE.PRESENT: "Think you are THE.FUTURE well think again, THE.FUTURE is here to crush you now! Get REAL, grow up CoNTEDER smell the roses!"
THE.CONtENDER: "I have done my time took the pain, learnt the ropes (and saved like mad) now screw working for someone else. It is not leaving a legacy. All of the hard work payed off for the company but now the Tribe needs something new. Is there another way....."
FINANCE: Become a debt slave..... Inflation is good and deflation is bad. Sound money has been destroyed buy the inflation policies and targets around the world. How do you avoid the loss of purchasing power?
House example again - get a big mortgage and a big house. Fill it with stuff until you need a bigger house. Keep on working to pay for it all.
This is all bullshit to THE.ConTENDER. Just a way to keep us in work for the productive, healthy part of our lives. THE.ConTENDER is fed up of the articles he reads that you need to amass one million dollars to get $40,000 to live off. Is this just a head fake to scare people off saving?
Why are they not saying if you do x,y,z you only need $15,000 a year to live day to day. THINK! Don't spend, spend, spend save, save, save. Sounds all too simple - so it probably is! Who needs one million dollars then?[this need to be dissed in more detail in a later post!]
ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH: We are constantly bombarded that this and that is bad for us. One minute it is tomato ketchup then wine..... Is this all propaganda. Is it to get sales of mayonnaise and beer up? Is it to get the consumer to try different / more expensive products? Heck if the CoNTENdER knows but he thinks he should stay away from too much DEPRESSING NEWS!
Turn off the propaganda. Search out the real truth - it does not come in snippets of entertainment information such a "cat saved from drainpipe with a litter of 10 - all are OK and are in the intensive vet car unit recovering - luckily the owners have pet insurance!". Why is the important stuff reported in one paragraph at the bottom of the web page?
COMMUNITY: Don't worry the government is here to help. Just pay us and we will keep the streets clean yadda yadda.
Do it yourself. Show some pride in your community. Demand lower local taxes. Work harder and minimise your tax bill so you can take time out with the family and relax a little.
So many questions and so little answers my dear readers.
Work hard and sacrifice when you are young to live financially free later OR hedonistic lifestyle today - who knows what THE.FUTURE holds OR downshift to something different when you are ready. All a matter of personal choice.
If only life was as simple as Do the Right Thing ;0)
Peace, prosperity and happiness
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