What is being happily jobless?

What does it mean to be happily jobless? A lot of people want that life but few actually achieve it. There are many rich people in the world who are unfortunately very unhappy.

Being rich alone does not guarantee you happiness, if that wealth comes with responsibilities and lack of personal, quality time. Many rich people do not have time to spend with their family and loved ones, because they cannot afford to be absent from whatever that they do. Their family members and friends have to make do with contacting them through their secretaries and personal assistants. Their lives become impersonal. They are also stressed up and unhealthy, because their life situation is such that they cannot remove themselves from the responsibilities without "collapsing their empire".

On the other hand, there are plenty of people who are both jobless and unhappy. When you are jobless and your finances are in shambles, unhappiness does not follow far behind. This is not a situation I would wish for anyone, and yet many get themselves in, even people who are otherwise very educated and smart. Smart perhaps in building a career (careers that are often built on quicksand), but not that smart is evaluating and prioritising on the most important things in life.

I see many people holding so-called steady occupations telling me, "Don't tell me about becoming happily jobless. I love my job. It's my passion. I cannot imagine any other way to live my life. You are crazy and lazy to ever contemplate becoming happily jobless."

Oh, if only I can open people's eyes! Often they are more faithful to their jobs than their jobs are to them. I am not asking you to give up your job to become a monk. I am asking you to make preparations so that you would never have to depend on your job ever again.

So what is a happy jobless life?

Taking myself as an example, I consider a happy jobless life one that exhibits the following important characteristics:

  1. You are fulfilled and satisfied with your life.
  2. You can afford all the things you need.
  3. You have no debts.
  4. Your income is not directly linked to any form of work.
  5. You work from home, at your own time and pace, doing things that you enjoy.
How do you become happily jobless?

Becoming happily jobless is not something that comes on its own. You have to work your way towards it. You also have to recognize what it is, or else you will simply pass it by it without knowing that you did.

Let's tackle the characteristics I have listed out above.

  1. Achieving fulfillment and satisfaction in life
    Some people get no satisfaction in life, no matter what they are given. Such people will never be happy, regardless the situation. If you are regularly unhappy about things you cannot control (ie politics, traffic, unfairness, cruelties), you should refocus your attention on things that brings satisfaction.

    One way to achieve fulfillment and satisfaction is to be kind and charitable. Reexamine your daily actions. When was the last time you said something kind or courteous to a stranger? When was the last time you said "thank you" to someone who serves you? When was the last time you show love to your family members?

    The source of happiness often comes from within us. We should be mindful that the world will simply continue as it is whether or not we are happy. So it is up to us to decided daily that it is going to be another happy day.

  2. Affording the things you need
    The things you need, not the things you want. How much do you need to get by? If you are not sure, list them down. How much do you spend for food, utilities, rental and transportation.

    One of the sources of unhappiness is that we allow our wants to cloud our needs. A big house, an expensive car, vacation to exotic locations - are those wants or needs? Would you die if you don't live in a big house or drive an expensive car or take an exotic vacation?

    Basic necessities do not cost that much, and if they are still too costly to you, then plan to further deduction of your needs. If driving is too expensive, can you take a bus? If taking a bus is too expensive, can you cycle?

    How much do you want to be happily jobless? If you say, very much, then you should do whatever necessary to reach that goal.

  3. We are debt free
    Most people get into debts because of their wants, not their needs. It is their bad habits, which may include uncontrollable spending/shopping, as well as addiction to drinking, drugs, gambling and other vices that are not part of daily needs.

    If you wish to be happily jobless, never get into debts related to wants. The only debt you should allow yourself is the one related to needs: for example, you need a roof over your head, so you buy a home and have a mortgage for it. Having said that, you should clear that mortgage as soon as you can, so that you will become debt free once more.

  4. Your income is not directly linked to any form of work.
    A millionaire was once asked, "How many streams of income do you have?"
    He answered, "Not enough."

    Like the millionaire, the Happy Jobless Guy never has enough streams of income. He has a built-in radar to look for new opportunities to earn passive income. Passive income may come from online and offline source.

    The traditional forms of passive income include bank interest, dividends, rentals, investments, royalties, etc. Today you can also derive passive income from the web, from advertisements, affiliate programs, e-books, sales, etc. Sales are passive income only if they are carried out without your manual involvement.

    To be happily jobless, concentrate on increasing passive income - even if you have to work hard to build up the system that generates it. The best systems to generate passive income are those that require minimal investment and minimal input of time and maintnance.

  5. You work from home, at your own time and pace, doing things that you enjoy.
    You time on earth is limited. You want to spend as much of it doing the things you enjoy. There's more money in this world than you can earn. Instead of trying to be rich for wealth sake, focus on increasing the quality of your life. Make it a life well spent.

Remember this: it's easy to be jobless. It's not impossible to be rich. To be happily jobless requires personal discipline. Are you the material for it?

Thank you for visiting my website, Happy Jobless Guy. I create it in November, 2007, two weeks after I left my job in the corporate sector. It is to celebrate the alternative lifestyle that I have embrace. I told myself back then, that as long as I am able to continue supporting myself, I will never return to holding a job. Well, so many years later, thanks be to God and my family, I am still happily living this alternative lifestyle.

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