Escape the Rat Race: Live the Life of Your Dreams Now

Like most people, I used to think that my job would keep me secure. I was contented working full-time from 9-5 with one part-time job on weekdays. And another part-time on weekends tutoring ESL learners. I was a workhorse. I used to equate my self-worth with the kind of jobs that I did. I had no idea how to escape the rat race. And I didn’t think I wanted to because I thought that was normal.

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But no matter how many jobs I had, I was still stuck in the rat race. I was constantly worried about paying my monthly bills, utilities, and rent. I didn’t even have savings in the bank. I was fine with it because I thought I was secured at work.

Everything changed when my Mom was diagnosed with a serious illness. It was then that I realized I didn’t have much time for my loved ones. I rarely visited my old folks. I was so consumed with work that I forgot the things that matter the most. To make matters worse, the company I was working full-time in closed down.

It was a tough time. I pushed myself to reassess my priorities. I struggled to think outside the box. Then I thought to myself there has to be a way to have more time for the things that really matter. And be financially secure at the same time.

If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die. ~ Warren Buffet

I started reading about finances and joined communities online to learn about finances and investments. I started making friends with people whom I can learn a lot with. People who have been there and have done that.

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It all begins in a single step. In my case, it started with changing the way I think about money. Money is not the root of evil. Money is neutral. Its power lies in how we use it.

I am sharing with you now the books that I read when I was just starting my journey to financial freedom. These books taught me how to make money work for me, instead of the other way around. 

1. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not
Robert Kiyosaki

2. Think and Grow Rich
Napoleon Hill

3. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
Thomas J. Stanley, Ph. D. and William D. Danko, Ph. D.

4. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth
T. Harv Eker

5. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke
Suze Orman

6. I Will Teach You to Be Rich
Ramit Sethi

There is more to life than running and getting stuck in the rat race. There are more important things to do than slaving away at work. There are far more important people who deserve much of our time.

And there is certainly a way to break the poverty cycle.

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