I just read a post on FreedomHackers Facebook asking how to keep energies up through a 17 hour work day.
Now I have to be honest and say that yes, I have put in long days before. And I no doubt will again. But we aren’t meant to live that way consistently.
That’s what leads to overwhelm, bad decisions and burnout. Now, I’ve never been rich (yet) but I know the way there doesn’t mean building an empire you can’t enjoy because you’re slaving away.
There I had to rant!
I did respond there on the thread, and I noted that I don’t have that same six figure mindset that so many do. That’s not how I’m wired.
I’ve never been rich (yet) but I have felt moments of unspeakable joy and peace. I’m happy in my now and that’s something I never in my life imagined I would be and it is more precious than all the riches in the world.
And I can say that, having never been rich myself (yet) in the same way that it’s noted that some of the most impoverished people on the planet seem to have peace with their situation. I have almost always aimed for the possible life, not the luxury model. I crave simple – that’s what makes me sigh with satisfaction.
The possible life begins at $40,000 a year where I live. Enough above the poverty line to have an emergency fund and savings. Enough not to have to be in debt or do without for daily living expenses.
Everyone chases the six figure dream. Can’t we focus on getting to first base first and building some strong foundations? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to six figure pay days – I just think one ought to be strategic. (You know, in the way I’ve never actually been until recently…)
Setting up on strong financial foundations means that if the wind blows south on business down the road, you’re not tossed right back on square one.
Can we not all agree that square one is no fun?
I’ve been dumped back there by life and my own poor decisions more than once…
And knowing that insanity is defined by doing the same thing over again and expecting different results. I landed on this idea of the Possible life.
It’s not going to appeal to those bringing in six figures and more living the corporate life. That’s okay, I have no clue what that world is like beyond what I’ve read and seen in movies. But for those starting like I did – with a minimum age maximum education known as a high school diploma – that’s who the possible life is for.
What would happen if instead of chasing down six figure months and million dollar dreams we sought the possible life?
A possible life doesnt involve giving up my life… all my time, energy, body and soul to the pursuit of money.
It’s a style that seeks joy and expresses gratitude at every step…not just the top.
I’m sure I picked this all up through motivational memes and posters throughout my life.
Success is a journey, not a destination…that’s the message of the possible life.
Because you know what I’ve discovered? If you figure your way to $40,000 – anything is possible from there.
Education, growth, higher level coaching if that’s your jam.
I think $40,000 is reasonable. Certainly possible to live on for the cost of living in most areas. You need to calculate your own version of budget for the possible life to work for you though. You might need less to live your possible life.
Because it’s not about money. It’s about having enough to have choices. Enough not to worry how the rent is getting paid or where the braces are going to come from or how many months can you get out of the clunker that’s been faithful in getting you from point A to B on duct tape, pantyhose and prayer.
That’s the possible life and it doesn’t take 17 hour days to get there. Unless you really like that sort of thing, I suppose.
If you want to hear more about the possible life…and how to get there…give yourself the gift of a your favourite beverage and sit down for half an hour to complete the “Do you have what it takes to be your own boss?” assessment quiz that I published this weekend. It’s been an incredible tool for growth and insight in my day job and it’s a great first step is seeking the possible life.