Don’t believe us? All Dolly Parton jokes aside… working a 9 to 5 job in your tiny cubical (or maybe you’ve got the corner office… we’re not judging) will be the death of you.
Or at the very least your soul.
The traditional gold watch, sliver plaque, 401k with matching contributions and a 30 year climb up the ladder doesn’t exist anymore. No matter how much you might wish for Don Draper to show you the way.
A recent Harris Poll indicates only 1 in 3 Americans are happy. Sure there are a slew of factors considered but the overall message is crystal clear—traditional happiness, at least the Brandy Bunch kind—is no longer a universal truth in American lives.
According to findings of a Harris Poll survey of 2,345 U.S. adults surveyed online between April 10 and 15, 2013 by Harris Interactive, only a third of Americans (33%) are very happy.
"Our happiness index offers insight into what's on the minds of Americans today and is a reflection of the state of affairs in our country," said Regina Corso, Senior Vice President of the Harris Poll. "While the attitudes on the economy may be improving, we're seeing that this is not translating into an improvement in overall happiness."
We kinda hate to say it… but ICOR has been telling you this years.
Want to create a lifestyle where you’re considered a “very happy” American? So does ICOR. So we’ve invited Tom Zeeb fellow investor, educator and REIA director to share his professional insight on happiness and lifestyle design.
Check out these 3 tips from the dream living, adventure having, lifestyle guru himself… they are surprisingly simple:
1. Accept that you are in control of your life. Not in a Zen garden sorta way but in reality. You dictate who has your cell phone number, how many times a day you check emails and the when, where and how of your day. By allowing people unlimited access to your time, you give up all control. And devalue yourself. Create a schedule around checking your email and responding to texts and phone calls. Be very selective in who has your cell phone number. Boundaries aren’t a bad thing.
2. All you need to run a business is a cell phone for emergencies and a great laptop. The rest is gravy. Emails can be automated. Assistants can be hired. A 4 hour work week is no laughing matter and it is possible if you are willing to do a little bit of work getting your business and investing strategy developed. Great men and women of business hire teams of people to help shoulder the burden—maybe that isn’t possible now—but a great, systematized business model is. Take a long hard look in the mirror and come to terms with your strengths and weaknesses—then build your business around those things.
3. No one can do a chore their whole life. If you think working for 65 years and finally retiring is your ticket to seeing the world, you’ve got it backwards. Family, friends, hobbies. Those three things live in the present tense and require your attention now. If you don’t love what you do, you’ll never allow yourself the freedom to live your life. 80 hours of “vacation” every year won’t make it any easier to go back to a job you hate. Real estate investing allows for freedom. Think of it like a spinning wheel, once it gains momentum, it can spin for a pretty long time with very little attention. Sure you’ll have to give it a whack every so often but for the most part you’ll have a self-sustaining business.
Want to learn more about the investing strategy that has allowed Tom to visit over 80 countries and enjoy his life? Join us at the September ICOR meeting.
Tuesday, September 9th
Wednesday, September 10th
Thursday, September 11th