You may be trading your time for money today using a traditional job, i.e. working each day putting in your time and skill in return for a paycheck. Why not? Isn’t this how the world works? Most of us support our lifestyle this way, but the question is – is this the best scenario for all of us?

The job paradigm does have some limitations worthy of reflection:

There are only so many hours that one can work in return for payment and this puts a cap on our earning potential. We can work more hours and/or we can increase our value through education and experience, but the limits to our earnings remain.

The time we spend working may be fulfilling and rewarding, but it also reduces the time available for other pursuits in life. I once had a job that paid double for overtime, so I worked an extra 10-20 hours a week. The money was great! Then after a few months I realized summer was over and I missed it; all my time was spent on my job.

Early in my career I felt secure in my job. As long as I performed well, I would keep my job and I actually expected to work for the same company my entire life. This is no longer true, however.  A troubled economy and large numbers of unemployed job seekers have changed the game; almost everyone in a job today works and gets paid at the will of their employer. The risk of losing a job is higher and it has become something that is held over worker’s heads. “If you don’t want this job we will just find someone that does.”

The job scene is my lived experience. I have a strong work ethic, I have held good jobs, and I have climbed the corporate ladder in ways most would consider highly successful. But when I look back it all seems out of balance; my employers got a good deal and I’m feeling a little empty after 40 years.

Listen to what Robert Kiyosaki says about how we get pushed toward the job paradigm. In my next post I will share some ideas about alternatives to trading your time for money, better known as a J.O.B.

Stay tuned.  Dan.