About Me

I have done a lot of things in my life and have also worked in many different jobs to make a living and to experience life. This blog is just some of my musings, sometimes funny, sometimes inspirational, sometimes sad, sometimes angry, sometimes simple but all the time, it's just me.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Secure your seatbelts! It's a wild ride but get out while you still can.

When I did poorly in SPM, I thought there goes my career and hopes of a degree. I wanted to join some vocational/technical school and learn how to be a plumber, electrician or a mechanic. But everyone insisted that I should still pursue my degree which I did. Then I came back and everyone said I should find a job, which I did.

And since then, in the last 20 years, I have been in this rat race. The rat race burrows you deeper and deeper that after about 5 years, it becomes nearly impossible to get out, so imagine trying to get out of the rat race after 20 years. Not impossible, but almost impossible.

I reckon if I was a plumber or electrician or mechanic, I could have been worst off or I could have been better. It's all a choice but at least I could have done something with my hands.

So, when I hear a friend wanting to get out of the rat race and taking steps to do so, I admire their resolve and I wish them success and happiness and I pray for God to show them the way. It takes courage to do so and my hats off to them.

It is scary for them for sure but the cause of doing it and the guidance they have will pull them through this.

Unlike some others who cannot see that they truly have it all but lead a life which even I pity.

You will see a bunch of books addressing humans insecurities especially people like us who are mostly in the Rat Race.

Who moved my cheese?

Does it really matter? Why does it matter where your cheese is? How about trying to eat something else for once?

All the book does is to ask you to remain in the rat race, but think differently. That is utter crap and bullocks. 

Some managers are known to mass-distribute copies of the book to employees, some of whom see this as an insult, or an attempt to characterize dissent as not "moving with the cheese". In the corporate environment, management has been known to distribute this book to employees during times of "structural re-organization," or during cost-cutting measures, in an attempt to portray unfavorable or unfair changes in an optimistic or opportunistic way.

There is all the books by Robert Kiyosaki. Rich Dad Poor Dad blah blah blah. Does it teach you anything? How much can you really use? He even has this game called Cashflow 101 which was sent to me. I played it a few times and came out a millionaire, only because it is a glamorised Monopoly. It's a game, real life does not work that way.

John T. Reed, an outspoken critic of Robert Kiyosaki, says, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad contains much wrong advice, much bad advice, some dangerous advice, and virtually no good advice."

He also states, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of the dumbest financial advice books I have ever read. It contains many factual errors and numerous extremely unlikely accounts of events that supposedly occurred."

Slate reviewer Rob Walker called the book full of nonsense, and said that Kiyosaki's claims were often vague, the narrative "fablelike", and that much of the book was "self help boilerplate", noting the predictable common features of such books were present in Rich Dad, Poor Dad. He also criticizes Kiyosaki's conclusions about Americans, American culture, and Kiyosaki's methods.

As for Cashflow 101, there are two stages to the game. In the first, "the rat race", the player aims to raise his or her character's passive income level to where it exceeds the character's expenses. The winner is determined in the second stage, "the fast track". To win, a player must get his or her character to buy their "dream" or accumulate an additional $50,000 in monthly cash flow.

Then there is Fish! A remarkable way to boost morale and improve results. Talks about Play (having fun while working), making people's day, being there for co-workers and choosing your attitude.

Maybe works great for fish mongers in Seattle?  In a video on YouTube, "Pike Place Hates FISH! Philosophy", a Pike Place Market employee informs his interviewer that the FISH! philosophy does not represent Pike Place.

"The guys that work here don't actually like the FISH! videos."

The employee states that they "put on a show" for the maker of the FISH! video for three days, and implies it's not possible to work all year round in such a way.

Some employees find these techniques ridiculous and demeaning. They contend that the idea of 'choosing your attitude' is naive and can be alienating for those with mental health problems such as depression, for whom a negative attitude is an affliction rather than a straightforward choice.

Let's try it in a multi-national company, it should boost morale. Right? Easy enough?

To grasp just how presumptuous Fish! really is, just try a thought experiment: imagine management’s reaction if the circumstances were reversed. Imagine the bosses’ reaction if you and your coworkers matter-of-factly announced that, henceforth, you would be working at a slower pace for the same amount of money, or that you would be receiving a higher hourly wage. Imagine telling the boss "you can’t do anything about these changes, but you can choose to have a good attitude about them!" My guess is your boss would demonstrate in short order that he does have control over events, and that it’s not his attitude that has to be adjusted. That’s because, while you may be powerless, your bosses most certainly are not.

I am certain my friends who are taking steps to get out of the rat race are doing so without having read any of the books above or playing any of the games above. They are doing it because they decided collectively to do so because of an inner desire and purpose to do so.

So, if you want to get out of the rat race, you make that decision. Sit down, think about what it entails for you, what steps you need to take to do so, how your lifestyle needs to change etc etc.

The books above will help you absolutely 0%.

As for me, after 20 years in the rat race, I need to to really reevaluate my life and been doing so lately. Not happy? Take action and do something about it and I have started.

Take care and be well.


Anonymous said...

Please update us on your progress to get out of the rat race. Many of us need inspiration, encouragement and guidance to do so. God bless you & your family..

BeMedina said...

I did it when I was 40 years old - changed from stressful and rat-race journalism to more rewarding and less stressful at-home translation work - and now I love having my life back. At the beginning, I had a lot less money to live with; now, after 15 years, money isn't a big worry anymore. Go ahead!