I am still amazed by how many letters I have received from individuals who told me that they parted ways with their employer after reading one of my books. The first letter or two I received in this regard made me feel somewhat uncomfortable, at the same time hoping that no one would sue me with a claim that I was responsible for their decision that ended in dire consequences.
After I rechecked my premises, I realized that leaving corporate life should result in a better life for anyone who is fed up with their job. This should be true even for someone who may be forced to eventually return to a real job.
Of course, the fact that I have helped some people find happier, more satisfying lives outside the corporation has made me feel good.
Career success is much more than having a real job and earning a decent income. Real career success is truly enjoying what you do for a living and having the personal freedom to perform your work virtually any time you want.
Indeed, one of the most important elements of real life success to me is having the freedom and independence to make choices in what I do with my life. Real Success means doing what I want at the time I choose. Corporate life, of course, would interfere with the freedom I enjoy.
Here is a sample of the freedom I have: After I get up — sometimes at the crack of noon — my first priority is to exercise one to two hours to maintain my physical health. Then I have a shower, which I truly experience in a leisurely and meditative state, followed by putting on my official work attire — most often a pair of jeans, sandals, and a T-shirt with something such as “I Am Big in Europe” written on it.
Unlike the majority of people, I fit in my work whenever I can, usually writing on my laptop in one of my favorite coffee bars. I don’t know whether the owners of the coffee bars where I hang out consider me a coffee house phenomenon or a coffee house nuisance — I consider myself the writer in residence, which adds to my experience of success. Most days I start working about 3:30 in the afternoon and put in only four or five hours a day, sometimes a little less, sometimes a little more. The odd time I don’t start work until 4:30 in the afternoon, at which time I chuckle to myself because government workers are already going home after having put in eight hours of regimented work.
Although I don’t make as much money as I could by working more hours each day, I live comfortably and freely. I certainly wouldn’t trade my present lifestyle for a boring or stressful job that pays a million dollars a year, not even for one year. This was even the case several years ago when I was struggling financially, $30,000 in debt, and sometimes not knowing where my next month’s rent was going to come from. Real life success to me does not entail being worth a million dollars or two, although I would certainly get satisfaction from attaining this status through my creative efforts — particularly without a real job.
I am presently creating a new book of quotations called The 777 Best Things Ever Said about Money and another book called The Joy of Being Retired: 101 Reasons Why Retirement Rocks (and Work Sucks)! that will soon be available as Free E-books on my websites. In the mean time you can enjoy this Free E-book of retirement quotes:The 237 Best Things Ever Said about Retirement by Ernie J. Zelinski
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Another note: Even though the my book How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free had to be self-published because 35 publishers turned it down, sales should reach over 100,000 copies before the end of the year. To me, that's real success - showing the so-called expert publishers that they didn't know what they were talking about when they said there was no market for my book or that the market was too saturated with retirement books. In fact, all of my best-selling books had to be self-published! And for those authors and writers who think self-publishing is vanity publishing, those are thoughts of fools. My self-published books have now made me over $1,250,000 in pretax profits. Vanity publishing is having a book published which commands little or no interest from the marketplace - just like a lot of the books published by major publishers!
My How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free may be self-published but guess which book comes in the number 1 position when you type "retirement" into Amazon's search feature.
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