This blogs’ slogan is “Hardship is the key to your soul.” and in that short line lies a lot of information. Which I lay out in a lot of posts here. And this one shall be about retirement. You know, working your whole life to retire at some point and finally reap the rewards of your work.
Too bad it doesn’t work like that.
I’ve touched this topic already slightly in this blogs’ basic post about the three soldiers in yourself. People think you need to put in X amount of work, and then you’re done. Quite apart from the fact that this is pretty naive, considering the current workplace situations, pensions, and governments. Unless you want to live slightly above homeless-status.
So, the life that you’ve been sold in commercials and pop culture media doesn’t exist. You don’t retire and can then finally live your life.
Because you don’t have any money left. And no energy. If you eat properly and exercise, you will probably still be quite fit at 70. But nowhere near the levels of energy at 30 or 40. So why would you waste your best years and then finally live when you’re almost dead?
“Because that’s how it is.”
See, you believe in this shit (and I did for the longest) time because we’re indoctrinated with this from the youngest age. You go to school, to work, to have free time afterward. Then you go to work, to have free time in retirement. You put in the work in your relationship, so you can reap the rewards later.
This pattern repeats itself everywhere.
But weirdly, all these people are still miserable. Not only do retired people not have any money left to even do anything. They are ill from eating the wrong food, not exercising, and because they finally wake up to the lie they’ve been told for decades.
My mother worked her whole life, is now retired, and has no assets that generate money. She only receives the pension, which is actually less each year due to inflation. So, the longer she lives, the less money she actually has. Great, right?
Lies, lies, lies
Now, there is a lot of bullshit in that life we’re told. But the biggest is probably the concept of retirement itself. Back in the days, people never retired. You worked until you couldn’t work anymore. Physically. And you hoped to have your kids set up properly so they can take care of your farm, business, whatever.
But the big difference was, that people didn’t aim to finally live their life when they retire. They knew these were the last relaxing moments before death. They lived their life before that.
A wise man knows, life is meant to be lived each day. You shall not wait for that one magic day. You take a day and make it magic.The conqueror
This is mostly due to the fact that people didn’t live in such a crazy excess as we do today. Back then a man was happy with proper work, wife, kids, and building something of worth. These days, you need a Lamborghini, a huge mansion, $10,000 worth of travel each year and the newest clothes.
That’s the lifestyle you’ve been taught is something to strive for. And while I do urge you to get rich, mostly because it’s never been easier, you don’t need all this crap.
What you should be doing is find something you enjoy doing. I know the word “passion” get’s a lot of shit, but I still use it. Because I believe in it since I found it. But at least find something you enjoy doing to some degree. Don’t work your whole life in a job that sucks out your soul, to retire after 60 years half-dead.
You need to find something you can do until you are dead. And on the way, you enjoy life.
For example. I work every single day. 7 days a week. There isn’t a day where I don’t do something for my mission. People get irritated when you say that. “Don’t you need free time?”
A wise man knows, if you find something you love doing. You never work for the rest of your life.The conqueror
I have free time. But apart from that, I love what I am doing. This doesn’t feel like work because I enjoy it. Writing books, making Youtube clips, this blog. I love it. It doesn’t feel like I am exchanging life time for money.
And I don’t see why I would ever retire writing and teaching my experiences. Ever.
People think that to retire at 70 means to be finally free. But you’re not free. And you never were until that point. I am free. Because, the house, the car, the wife, even kids, I don’t really care about, it could all be gone, I could always write.
Now, that doesn’t mean I neglect this all. I love all I have, but I am totally fine with it all being gone, as long as I can keep a laptop to write.
That is true freedom. Liberating.
Most of you living in the Matrix still are hugely in chains (I still am to some degree as well, make no mistake). Mortgage, debt, kids; It all puts some chains around your neck, and you’re pulling all this load while it slowly strangles you and takes your breathing room.
Only to be “free” at 70, when all this shit almost killed you already. No, thanks.
What to do?
First of all, you need to ditch that mindset. Retirement is a fallacy. You will never really retire. Get that shit out of your head. Life doesn’t work that way. What you do is “retire” at 35-40 with all the things you built already that bring in money passively. So you have money and energy to travel the world. Or buy that Lambo if you really need it.
So the first thing you need to do is make a plan on how to escape the 9-5 hell. Unless your dream job is only available as a 9-5 solution, in which case, fine. We need a workforce. But make sure to set up other income streams so you can enjoy life before you’re dead.
Maybe, you should start by trying to discover yourself.
I know Rollo Tomassi doesn’t like the “find yourself” notion. Because Alpha’s build themselves. But I still think you should at least be aware of what you enjoy. Because most people don’t really know. They just like what commercials tell them they should like.
This might mean completely unsettling your life. But think about it this way, you will never retire. As I outlined, it’s a lie. And you should never want to retire, not only because it is weak, but because you never stop getting better. You can still learn new shit at 60, and teach younglings your knowledge.
And if you have the money, and enough free time due to your assets, well, you can actually do it!
Life is struggle, as I mentioned a gazillion times. You need to embrace the struggle because it will never go away. Your whole life will be work. But when the work is fun, it doesn’t matter.
Chilling at the beach
You probably have that image in your head, lying on the beach, with a Mojito in hand, checking out that hottie in the swimsuit. But you don’t think that image through! For how long are you gonna do this? A month? Maybe two? Before you are bored as shit? Humans aren’t designed to live like that.
Men is meant to be working all his life. Boredom will kill any man within months.The conqueror
It’s another lie you’ve been sold by society and commercials. This shit will bore the hell out of you within two seconds.
Vacation is totally fine, but most of your life you will be working.
So at least make sure you work on something you actually enjoy. Which changes you for the better, and potentially society. Then you finally found your passion.
And then you don’t care about chillin’ on the beach for months.
Because you are relaxed all day. With your work.
And you retire each day anew.
Any more lies you’ve been fed in that regard? Found your passion yet? Still on the way? Let me know in the comments!
Find yourself real quick
The easiest way to learn a lot about yourself is by fighting yourself. Do they 90 days self-project and realize what is within you. You can take more than you think. But it won’t be easy.