Trapped By The System; There Is A Way Out 🔑

We’ve all got a life sentence. Serve it your own way.

I don’t want to reach the end of my time on this earth and ask myself why I stayed inside a system that wasn’t built for me. Why I stayed inside a system that wasn’t designed to let me or help me live a satisfying, meaningful life.

When I was younger, here’s what that system told me to do. Get a trade, get a degree, get a job, get a loan, get a mortgage, get a picket fence, get a savings account, get a retirement plan, get forgotten and get nowhere. That system is what we buy into from a young age.

They’re telling me that I’ve blown it before, so I shouldn’t risk blowing it again, and I should just find my place in the system and ride that tiny junior roller coaster right to the end. But that’s not what I want.

Right now, people tell me that I’m wasting my time renting instead of saving up for an average $80,000 deposit to buy an average $800,000–900,000 home and spend the rest of my life paying it off. They’re telling me that I’m nuts for building my own business and giving up the comfortable career I had working for someone else. If you want those things for you and not because you’ve been taught that you should want them, all power to you.

But if you want them because everyone else is shoving them down your throat, and you haven’t stopped to think about what you want — you’re in their system. And it’s no picnic.

The old system is going to try and prevent you from building a business, or a freelance career. It’s going to try and stop you from spending your time travelling or skateboarding or drawing comic books instead of putting on a suit and tie. It’s going to try and stop you from being you.

That old system was designed for a different world, with different possibilities. There were people who still broke out of it and refused to let it dictate who they were going to be and how they were going to live. Richard Branson was one of them. Entrepreneurs, punk rockers, hackers, artists, writers, business people who wanted to forge their own paths and build their own fortunes. They all broke out of the system.

Because here’s the truth about it. You’re only trapped by the system if you believe there’s no way out of it.

If you think there’s no second option, if you think there’s no other path, your belief is going to make that a reality. There truly will be nothing you can do to escape it. But if you hold onto the idea that nobody else gets to tell you how to live, you’re going to be able to find and follow other journeys.

It’s not going to be easy. The system is comfortable, that’s why so many people want in. It’s comfortable, and it’s safe, and you don’t feel lost because where you’re going, millions have already gone.

You can reject that comfort and safety, and if you do — your life is going to get a lot harder. Your life is going to get a lot tougher. You’re going to be opening yourself up to the devastating possibility of abject failure. You might lose everything. You might wind up with absolutely nothing.

…except the knowledge that you at least tried to live on your own terms.

Living on your own terms is the only way to be happy. Doing what you want to do because it’s honestly what you want. 🔑🔑🔑🔑

(Thanks to The Exploited for the title of this one…)


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Jon is the founder of Creatomic.

Jon works with creative people to help them do the work they love and become focused. Jon is incredibly excited about changing lives. You can reach out for a free coaching session by emailing jon@creatomic.co