I’m posting this as a sort of “reading test”. I tend to write too long and too complicated, so let’s keep this simple.
I get emails every week about finding jobs in the Philippines, even though in the more than 10 years I’ve been publishing this blog I have consistently advised people that the DO NOT WANT a job here in the Philippines.
Let’s see how long it takes before some bright spark reads this article and writes back saying “I read what you wrote but I still need your help finding a job in the Philippines”. My own guess is about one day, but hey, I could be wrong. You can write me for help if you wish to, but I can tell you right now, I’m not going to help you.
What the heck. I’ll throw in at least 10 more reasons or clarifications why you don’t want a job either here in the Philippines or back there in the USA.
Basic article from Steve Pavlina, (used by permission) with my 10 plus reasons marked in blue. It’s long, but if you want to really learn the secrets of a rich life instead of a life of begging and being scared, I challenge you to read it all ….
- 0.1 Start Counting:
- 0.2 1. Income for dummies
- 0.3 Reason 1A
- 0.4 2. Limited experience.
- 0.5 Reason 2A:
- 0.6 3. Lifelong domestication.
- 0.7 Reason 3A
- 0.8 4. Too many mouths to feed.
- 0.9 Reason 4A
- 0.10 5. Way too risky.
- 0.11 Reason 5A
- 0.12 6. Having an evil bovine master.
- 0.13 Reason 6A
- 0.14 7. Begging for money.
- 0.15 Reason 7A
- 0.16 8. An inbred social life.
- 0.17 Reason 8A
- 0.18 9. Loss of freedom.
- 0.19 Reason 9A
- 0.20 10. Becoming a coward.
- 0.21 Reason 10A
- 0.22 Happily jobless
- 0.23 So What’s Philly’s Big Solution?
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Here are some reasons you should do everything in your power to avoid getting a job:
1. Income for dummies
Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea. There’s only one problem with it. It’s stupid! It’s the stupidest way you can possibly generate income! This is truly income for dummies.
Why is getting a job so dumb? Because you only get paid when you’re working. Don’t you see a problem with that, or have you been so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking it’s reasonable and intelligent to only earn income when you’re working? Have you never considered that it might be better to be paid even when you’re not working? Who taught you that you could only earn income while working? Some other brainwashed employee perhaps?
Don’t you think your life would be much easier if you got paid while you were eating, sleeping, and playing with the kids too? Why not get paid 24/7? Get paid whether you work or not. Don’t your plants grow even when you aren’t tending to them? Why not your bank account?
Who cares how many hours you work? Only a handful of people on this entire planet care how much time you spend at the office. Most of us won’t even notice whether you work 6 hours a week or 60. But if you have something of value to provide that matters to us, a number of us will be happy to pull out our wallets and pay you for it. We don’t care about your time — we only care enough to pay for the value we receive. Do you really care how long it took me to write this article? Would you pay me twice as much if it took me 6 hours vs. only 3?
Non-dummies often start out on the traditional income for dummies path. So don’t feel bad if you’re just now realizing you’ve been suckered. Non-dummies eventually realize that trading time for money is indeed extremely dumb and that there must be a better way. And of course there is a better way. The key is to de-couple your value from your time.
Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income. This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work. The system delivers the ongoing value to people and generates income from it, and once it’s in motion, it runs continuously whether you tend to it or not. From that moment on, the bulk of your time can be invested in increasing your income (by refining your system or spawning new ones) instead of merely maintaining your income.
This web site is an example of such a system. At the time of this writing, it generates about $9000 a month in income for me (update: $40,000 a month as of 10/31/06), and it isn’t my only income stream either. I write each article just once (fixed time investment), and people can extract value from them year after year. The web server delivers the value, and other systems (most of which I didn’t even build and don’t even understand) collect income and deposit it automatically into my bank account. It’s not perfectly passive, but I love writing and would do it for free anyway. But of course it cost me a lot of money to launch this business, right? Um, yeah, $9 is an awful lot these days (to register the domain name). Everything after that was profit.
Sure it takes some upfront time and effort to design and implement your own income-generating systems. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel — feel free to use existing systems like ad networks and affiliate programs. Once you get going, you won’t have to work so many hours to support yourself. Wouldn’t it be nice to be out having dinner with your spouse, knowing that while you’re eating, you’re earning money? If you want to keep working long hours because you enjoy it, go right ahead. If you want to sit around doing nothing, feel free. As long as your system continues delivering value to others, you’ll keep getting paid whether you’re working or not.
Your local bookstore is filled with books containing workable systems others have already designed, tested, and debugged. Nobody is born knowing how to start a business or generate investment income, but you can easily learn it. How long it takes you to figure it out is irrelevant because the time is going to pass anyway. You might as well emerge at some future point as the owner of income-generating systems as opposed to a lifelong wage slave. This isn’t all or nothing. If your system only generates a few hundred dollars a month, that’s a significant step in the right direction.
Read especially Steve’s last sentence above. There is n need to quit your day job, mortgage your house, sell soap or some other overpriced gimmick to your friends (who soon become your former friends).
There are hundreds if not thousands of ways you could be earning income … legally. morally and ethically WITHOUT making yourself a “time for wages” slave.
And in the Philippines, if the work you wanted to do happened to be legal for a foreigner, (most jobs and professions are not), then the wages you’d be getting are so pitifully small and the hours you’d be working …working conditions here are NOTHING like a US job, that even starting out at a few hundred a month is like finding your own diamond mine compared to what you could hope for with a Philippines J*O*B (Just Over Broke).
2. Limited experience.
You might think it’s important to get a job to gain experience. But that’s like saying you should play golf to get experience playing golf. You gain experience from living, regardless of whether you have a job or not. A job only gives you experience at that job, but you gain “experience” doing just about anything, so that’s no real benefit at all. Sit around doing nothing for a couple years, and you can call yourself an experienced meditator, philosopher, or politician.
The problem with getting experience from a job is that you usually just repeat the same limited experience over and over. You learn a lot in the beginning and then stagnate. This forces you to miss other experiences that would be much more valuable. And if your limited skill set ever becomes obsolete, then your experience won’t be worth squat. In fact, ask yourself what the experience you’re gaining right now will be worth in 20-30 years. Will your job even exist then?
Consider this. Which experience would you rather gain? The knowledge of how to do a specific job really well — one that you can only monetize by trading your time for money — or the knowledge of how to enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life without ever needing a job again? Now I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the latter experience. That seems a lot more useful in the real world, wouldn’t you say?
But there’s a lot more serious obstacles to a successful retirement than money.
What are you going to do with your time. You can’t fish or play golf day after boring day. Also, if you have any degree of imagination you are probably concerned with how your brain is going to survive up until the time your body actually wears out.
To me the most enjoyable and most life-enhancing aspect of retirement is learning. Creating. Building. Experimenting.
No one knows how long my body will hold out, but sitting here at my keyboard, no physical effort required, I have enough projects in mind to keeping me interested and active until at least 150. And new ideas pop up each and every day.
Surround yourself with opportunities fir new experiences.
Trust me, it will keep you young. Taking a wage slave job is just a life-sapping way to make your years go by unhappily.
3. Lifelong domestication.
Getting a job is like enrolling in a human domestication program. You learn how to be a good pet.
Look around you. Really look. What do you see? Are these the surroundings of a free human being? Or are you living in a cage for unconscious animals? Have you fallen in love with the color beige?
How’s your obedience training coming along? Does your master reward your good behavior? Do you get disciplined if you fail to obey your master’s commands?
Is there any spark of free will left inside you? Or has your conditioning made you a pet for life?
Humans are not meant to be raised in cages. You poor thing…
I could really write thousands of words on this. But this article is going to run very long already so I’ll just send you here. Here’s One Of The Reasons I Tell You To Think Bigger — You Are So Much More … you really, really should read this if you think you want a bottom feeder job in the Philippines.
4. Too many mouths to feed.
Employee income is the most heavily taxed there is. In the USA you can expect that about half your salary will go to taxes. The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck. But you can bet that from your employer’s perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of your pay, as well as any other compensation you receive such as benefits. Even the rent for the office space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it. You might feel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that you’re the one paying for it.
Another chunk of your income goes to owners and investors. That’s a lot of mouths to feed.
It isn’t hard to understand why employees pay the most in taxes relative to their income. After all, who has more control over the tax system? Business owners and investors or employees?
You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate. Your real salary may be more than triple what you’re paid, but most of that money you’ll never see. It goes straight into other people’s pockets.
What a generous person you are!
I know I often seem to harp on you about this very fact, but I can’t believe how many people hear this but just fail to seem to think about it … as long as the employer “throws them a bone” while they make the employer rich.
If you have a salary of, say, 50 thousand a year, you can be sure that after you pay “your share” of every cost of your employer … that’s right, even the floor space you take up, your employer is grossing $150,000 a year from your efforts.
And this doesn’t bother you? “I don’t care”. I hear people say, “As long as I get paid something so I can live there in the Philippines with my sweetie.”
Aren’t you the same guy who just wrote a month ago to bitterly complain how the “crooked cab driver” overcharged you by 20 Pesos because you’re a foreigner?
P20 Pesos? That amount you care about. But being ripped off for two thirds or more of your real worth … that you don’t care about? You aren’t thinking clearly on this.
5. Way too risky.
Many employees believe getting a job is the safest and most secure way to support themselves.
Social conditioning is amazing. It’s so good it can even make people believe the exact opposite of the truth.
Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (“You’re fired”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you? Does having only one income stream honestly sound more secure than having 10?
The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly. You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone. If you’re an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler.
Yep. Time and time again I have tried to point this out to people. especially if you are a foreigner in a foreign land, the end of any job you may have can come so swiftly, without warning and perhaps without any pay you c\have coming.
What, they shorted you on your pay? Who ya gonna call? No one, Charlie. That’s it. You took that job, say, teaching English for some back door, under the table language school teaching Korean students, and one Monday a few students cancelled and “bang”!, you’re out of a job.
Oh, and the money you thought was owed you from the first three weeks of the month?
“Sorry about that”, we have no record of your employment here.
Security? Please. Do think again. Better to just take your life savings and plunk it all down on red for one spin of the roulette wheel. After all, you might win.
6. Having an evil bovine master.
When you run into an idiot in the entrepreneurial world, you can turn around and head the other way. When you run into an idiot in the corporate world, you have to turn around and say, “Sorry, boss.”
Did you know that the word boss comes from the Dutch word baas, which historically means master? Another meaning of the word boss is “a cow or bovine.” And in many video games, the boss is the evil dude that you have to kill at the end of a level.
So if your boss is really your evil bovine master, then what does that make you? Nothing but a turd in the herd.
Who’s your daddy?
I really loved this reason. It’s so true. For 40 plus years I too let myself be “herded” along buy self-styled bulls who did not give a shit about me.
Actually I spent most of my working years with the USAF and many of my bosses were more often bleating like sheep rather than roaring like bulls.
If you are of similar age to me, and many of you ready this are getting close there, why don’t you do yourself one favor.
For the remainder, “golden years” of your life, why not grow yourself a pair of balls and live like God intended you to live?
7. Begging for money.
When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money? Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then?
Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyone’s permission but your own?
If you have a business and one customer says “no” to you, you simply say “next.”
Exactly. On so many websites devoted to older folks, the Social Security crowd and so forth, I read nothing except whining, crying, discontent and often downright fear in people’s hearts that their incomes will not be enough.
If they have regular jobs, they fear going to their “Bovine masters” and asking for more. And if they are already living on pensions, annuities and government entitlement programs, they are just as fearful, only they don’t even have a “bovine Master” to approach on bended knees.
Guess what? All of that fearfulness and subservience is total bullshit.
Just decide to empower yourself by earning what you are worth from some value you provided and “presto” No more begging, no more fear. Truthfully, you do not have to fear running out of money in retirement. The only thing to fear are health-related problems which none of us can control anyway. Hey even buying himself a new liver couldn’t save Steve Jobs. He died early anyway. But he sure as hell didn’t die broke or worrying about paying his bills as so many of you do.
So live while you can, worry free.
And from my personal observations, many of those who have died much too early in their retirement years due so due to stress, anxiety and constant fear … all these emotions are thought to be bad for your health. Banish them!
Many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet. They hang out with the same people working in the same field. Such incestuous relations are social dead ends. An exciting day includes deep conversations about the company’s switch from Sparkletts to Arrowhead, the delay of Microsoft’s latest operating system, and the unexpected delivery of more Bic pens. Consider what it would be like to go outside and talk to strangers. Ooooh… scary! Better stay inside where it’s safe.
If one of your co-slaves gets sold to another master, do you lose a friend? If you work in a male-dominated field, does that mean you never get to talk to women above the rank of receptionist? Why not decide for yourself whom to socialize with instead of letting your master decide for you? Believe it or not, there are locations on this planet where free people congregate. Just be wary of those jobless folk — they’re a crazy bunch!
Not a lot more I can say here. Because I threw off the chains of “job slavery” many years ago, I have friends all over the world, of every different age and social back ground. Some years ago, at the urging of my father-in-law at the time, I visited a high-end retirement community in New Jersey. “Dad” had extolled the virtues of the place for days. Talking about the on-premises par three golf course, the club house which was busy from early in the AM to late at night with residents playing pool and poker and bingo (bingo? Oh be still my heart), board games and just drinking coffee and socializing.
Know what they were ‘socializing” about? How measly the latest Social Security cost of living raise had been, how hard it was to find a doctor who took Medicare, how the shuttle bus driver took the corners to fast and the price of Depends.
If that’s retirement then God spare me of it. You do NOT have to live like that, folks, trust me on that. You can earn what you want, when you want to.
9. Loss of freedom.
It takes a lot of effort to tame a human being into an employee. The first thing you have to do is break the human’s independent will. A good way to do this is to give them a weighty policy manual filled with nonsensical rules and regulations. This leads the new employee to become more obedient, fearing that s/he could be disciplined at any minute for something incomprehensible. Thus, the employee will likely conclude it’s safest to simply obey the master’s commands without question. Stir in some office politics for good measure, and we’ve got a freshly minted mind slave.
As part of their obedience training, employees must be taught how to dress, talk, move, and so on. We can’t very well have employees thinking for themselves, now can we? That would ruin everything.
God forbid you should put a plant on your desk when it’s against the company policy. Oh no, it’s the end of the world! Cindy has a plant on her desk! Summon the enforcers! Send Cindy back for another round of sterility training!
Free human beings think such rules and regulations are silly of course. The only policy they need is: “Be smart. Be nice. Do what you love. Have fun.”
Isn’t it amazing how so many people yammer on all day long about living in a “free country” and how they value their personal freedom, but then they turn right around and condemn themselves to a life of conformity and servitude?
You were born free. You have had the choices you need to continue to live free all your life.
But the majority of you have not taken the path to freedom. You have sold yourself into the path of “Job Slavery” and now, many of you in their 5-‘s ort 0’s are worried about the future and trying like the dickens to find yet another opportunity to take the “save” path rather then the “free” path.
If that’s what you really want, I can’t stop you. Go for it.
But I can assure you that there is another, better way. All you have to do is decide to break free of a lifetime of servitude.
10. Becoming a coward.
Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity to whine about problems at their companies? But they don’t really want solutions — they just want to vent and make excuses why it’s all someone else’s fault. It’s as if getting a job somehow drains all the free will out of people and turns them into spineless cowards. If you can’t call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired, you’re no longer free. You’ve become your master’s property.
When you work around cowards all day long, don’t you think it’s going to rub off on you? Of course it will. It’s only a matter of time before you sacrifice the noblest parts of your humanity on the altar of fear: first courage… then honesty… then honor and integrity… and finally your independent will. You sold your humanity for nothing but an illusion. And now your greatest fear is discovering the truth of what you’ve become.
I don’t care how badly you’ve been beaten down. It is never too late to regain your courage. Never!
Strong words Steve, but oh so true.
What’s the alternative to getting a job? The alternative is to remain happily jobless for life and to generate income through other means. Realize that you earn income by providing value — not time — so find a way to provide your best value to others, and charge a fair price for it. One of the simplest and most accessible ways is to start your own business. Whatever work you’d otherwise do via employment, find a way to provide that same value directly to those who will benefit most from it. It takes a bit more time to get going, but your freedom is easily worth the initial investment of time and energy. Then you can buy your own Scooby Snacks for a change.
And of course everything you learn along the way, you can share with others to generate even more value. So even your mistakes can be monetized.
So What’s Philly’s Big Solution?
Well I have many, but here’s on that works for sure.