The problem with freedom

You come into work in the morning and start on your to do list. Phone calls to return. Emails to respond to. Meetings to attend. Deadlines to meet. These tasks (typically determined by the people who you work with or for) give meaning to your day and help you pass the time.

Most people would jump at the opportunity to leave this all behind and avoid going into work every day. They want to retire and escape the monotony of their 9 to 5 lifestyle. They want the freedom to spend their time wherever and however they want.

The problem with this kind of freedom is that it forces you to become responsible for yourself. It requires you to give meaning to your day and make good use of your time. And, if you don’t, you’ll have nobody to answer to but yourself.

When you examine it closely freedom actually looks a lot like work.

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