When I was deep in the restaurant business in Las Vegas, I knew I had to find a way to escape the Employee Trap.
After weeks and months thinking about how I could do this, it hit me.
Every day before I went in for my 3:30pm to 11:30pm shift, I did pretty much nothing. I just sat around, watched TV, and maybe played some video games. But by the time I went to my “job”, I had really not accomplished anything with my day.
And this played out day after day. Month after month.
One day I realized that I could make much better use of my time in the mornings. And the next day, I started doing so. I started buying books and reading them like crazy. I learned about others who had become “the millionaire next door”. Who where in a similar situation, but decided that they wanted more. And took action to make their new, better life a reality.
And I followed in their footsteps, until I had achieved my Ideal Life. A life I had full control over. No longer living life on someone else’s terms.
The big idea that helped me start down the road to living life on my terms was the fact that I had a lot of free time on my hands. And when I started using that free time productively, I started seeing glimpses of a new and better life.
Sure, I was concerned that I may lose the income and stability I had with my restaurant job. Then an even bigger idea hit me.
I could just keep working at the Las Vegas restaurant as a waiter. WHILE I was learning, and creating the foundation for a life without the restaurant business.
So I forged ahead. And worked even harder on my personal goals and dreams. Which was a good thing, because at the same time I found out that the stability and income I had at the restaurant job could be coming to an end soon. The hotel was considering moving in a new direction that did not include keeping the restaurant I worked in open.
But at this point, I didn’t care. Because I was already on my way to building my own life. And escaping the Employee Trap for good.
It really made the transformation easy, holding on to my “job” until I was making more on my own. Then quitting my job forever was not stressful at all.
It was one of the greatest days of my life.
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