I Escaped the Ratrace and Gave My Briefcase to the Cat

Cat sleeping in my briefcaseWhen I got my first management job, my wife gave me a briefcase.  It was the biggest one Samsonite made at the time, and I liked it because I could bring work home from the office every day.  That briefcase went along with me on business trips overseas, to corporate headquarters and other regional offices in the U.S. and to meetings with clients.  It was handy for popping into the overhead on the airplane, and I could retrieve it during the flight so I could work.

I was a workaholic, leaving for work early and returning late.  I even enjoyed going to the office on some weekends because I could get more done.  Not being paid for the extra work wasn’t an issue with me.  I was never a 9:00 – 5:00 guy.

The promotions kept coming, and I had less and less family time.  My unused paid vacation time began to mount up.

Gradually I came to to realize how my job had taken over my life.  I had money, but no time to enjoy it or to spend with my growing family.  The companies I worked for controlled my time and my income.  Sometimes I was knocking myself out while others in similar positions were paid exactly the same while putting in minimal effort.  Frequently, I wondered if my superiors even knew what I did, and I felt more like a number than an individual.  I began to be dissatisfied and my briefcase got heavier and heavier.

It seemed to me that I had stepped onto a conveyor belt when I graduated from high school, carrying me through college and into the rat race while the years flew by.  Worst of all, despite all of the heroic mission statements of the companies I worked for as Operations Manager, General Manager, Regional Manager, and Managing Director, I didn’t feel like my efforts had added any true value to others’ lives.  At heart, we had been profit-driven, not purpose-driven. 

In an effort to escape the ratrace I started a part-time home business on the side.  Investing over $15,000 for equipment and supplies, it was my chance for greater control over my life.  When that business wasn’t successful, I tried a second time.  It required a large investment in inventory plus a physical storefront… and also failed.  But I never lost my desire to get out of the ratrace.

Years later, I was able to achieve the freedom and quality of life I had been seeking by starting my own home-based business.  From the beginning, the business was purpose-driven.  You see, we started this business simply by purchasing some products that we hoped would add to the quality of life of our two adopted children who were born with a terminal illness.  The products worked so well that we joined the direct sales – mlm company that produces them.  Since then, both our children and our business have thrived.

When I escaped the ratrace and retired my briefcase, the cat found a much better use for it.  She catnaps in it when she isn’t sleeping on my home-office chair.

If you’re ready to escape the ratrace and stop trading your time for money you should check this out.  It’s got it all.

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