“Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it’s too late.”
— Rita Coolidge
A common mistake I see people make when they taste success is that they invest in their golden cage instead of their long-term freedom. Live well within your means to retain flexibility in the choices you want to make for your career and life.
People talk about golden handcuffs. But the golden cage is what you create for yourself that traps you within a specific industry, a specific type of job, geographic location, and lifestyle.
You buy a big house. You buy a luxury car. You eat at the best restaurants. You go on ski trips, rent amazing suites, take tropical vacations every month, and maybe even buy a vacation home.
You think to yourself, “All of those years of hard work have paid off!”