Article 019: Don't do it for money. Do it for freedom

“Your salary is the bribe they give you to forget your dreams.” – Chrisjan Peters

As you read this, you might be stuck in an office cubicle, pushing papers around with the aim of making a wealthy person even wealthier.

Or perhaps you’re in your kitchen, bored with life as a homemaker, and longing to start a business of your own.

Maybe you’ve been itching to quit your 9-5, and head to the beaches of Bali where you can spend your days finally writing that book you’ve been meaning to get around to.

Maybe you just have an idea or a dream. Maybe you are simply frustrated with your life and want more.

Whether you’ve been thinking of starting your own food truck, or you’ve been sitting on a billion dollar idea for an internet company, this series is for you.

The late Steve Jobs claimed that he looked into the mirror every day and asked himself “Am I doing what I want to be doing? And if not, why not?”. At the time of his death, he had a net worth of $8.3 billion, but Jobs never chased money for the sake of money – he pursued his passion.

A rebel entrepreneur will look in the mirror and ask the same question. You have one life – are you living the life you want?

The following is a series of lessons from rebel entrepreneurs. These short-stories and life-hacks are supported by findings from the fields of science, psychology and business, and this research outlines how the rebel entrepreneurs were able to take that plunge for freedom. Now they work when they want, where they want and how they want. Business is done entirely on their own terms. They make money work for them, and not the other way around.

If you’re feeling hemmed in, like your work is inhibiting your creative expression and chipping away at your passion, now is the time to make it happen.




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