If we assume for a moment we have just one shot at life, then this begs the question “What should we do with it?”.
99% of the population never ask this question and subsequently get dragged through life by the conventions which determine the structure of our society.
In our western democracies, this structure consists of two groups of people, the leaders and the followers and in capitalism this means the followers are inevitably employed by the leaders.
For the vast majority of the population, this is not a problem. It just means what they do with their lives is often determined by somebody else. In fact, this can be quite convenient as failure can then be blamed on the actions and decisions of other people.
But what if you decide to leave the rat race and attain personal control over your life? What does this actually entail and how can you achieve this?
One of the obvious answers is you have to get control over your source of income as this often determines the extent of your freedom. Unfortunately, the amount of freedom is also determined by the amount of money at your disposal.
We are not talking about becoming the next Bill Gates or Elon Musk but about earning a few extra thousand dollars each and every month. How would an extra couple thousand dollars each month change your life?
Would it allow you to purchase your own house or maybe take a few extra vacations each year? How about securing enough money to be able to enjoy a happy retirement?
But this then begs the question, “How could I ever achieve this?”.
Before we even answer this question, it is important to understand the first step is taking the decision to embark on this journey and to create your own income. Just investigating the possibilities will not pay you anything. You can always create extra income. Having made the decision, the only remaining question is how.
In the next posting we will take a closer look at the various options available to us.