One of the things that I was talking about with Mrs. 39 Months last night was the lack of drive or inquisitiveness of many people at work or in their life. It seems that both of us have a hard time understanding why people don’t question more, ask more, attempt more as they go through life. I don’t think either of us could work on one of the old fashion assembly lines where you do the same thing, over and over, for 8+ hours.
Yet there are many people who are perfectly happy & content with that kind of work life. They have a set structure, steps 1-7 that they do over and over, and they can do it in their sleep. They don’t stress out or have to keep their minds focused because it is routine. It is only once they leave their work that they truly start to “live.” Then they get to focus on their friends, parties, hobbies, and time away. Cue Drew Cary’s funny exploration of the song “Five O’Clock World”.
I can’t tell which type of person the FI community falls into. The typical FI person is very focused and able to work towards the goal, while exploring new options for enhancing that path. Yet, so many FI folks you read are trying to get away from the current job, similar to the second class of folks.
I do see a lot more FI articles from folks who have reached early retirement prodding people to look at what their life will be afterwards, and to plan for that. We need to be moving towards something and working on being our best as we strive towards FI.
I’ll leave you with something that has stared buzzing around the interwebs lately, the writing of Coach George Raveling (who Michael Jordan just calls “Coach”). His article “23 life choices you are in control of” is a good read.
- Be YOU, not them.
- Do more, expect less.
- Be positive, not negative.
- Be the solution, not the problem.
- Be a starter, not a stopper.
- Question more, believe less.
- Be a somebody, never a nobody.
- Love more, hate less.
- Give more, take less.
- See more, look less.
- Save more, spend less.
- Listen more, talk less.
- Walk more, sit less.
- Read more, watch less.
- Build more, destroy less.
- Praise more, criticize less.
- Clean more, dirty less.
- Live more, do not just exist.
- Be the answer, not the question.
- Be a lover, not a hater.
- Be a painkiller, not a pain giver.
- Think more, react less.
- Be more uncommon, less common.