What should we teach our children?

As good parents, we want the best for our children. We want them to grow up to be good, responsible adults. We want them to be polite, to be courteous, to be respectful of adults. We want them to love us as much as we love them. We want them to excel in their studies and in sports. When it comes to education, we tell them to study hard, so that they can get a good job.

What should we teach our children?What should we teach our children?
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We want them to have the best, but are we giving them what they deserve?

Take a look once again at that last line, "... that they can get a good job." Think for a moment, why they should be getting a good job. Or for that matter, why should they be getting a job at all?

"Because people with good jobs get good pay and can live comfortable lives," you said. You do it, your friends do it, so that's how the world works. But is that so, or have you and all your friends been brainwashed by the world?

Think about it: to have a good job means they need to submit themselves to someone. In return for services rendered, their masters provide them a salary (the salt of their services). Now, why are you grooming your precious children to become the servant of strangers?

"How dare you say my children are going to be servants!" you cried. "I am preparing them to become managers, chief executive officers; they are not servants!"

As long as they serve an employer, be it a person or a company, they are servants. And so are you, and all your friends, if you're working for someone. Employees submit to the will of the employer, not the other way around. Companies are not charity organizations. Your children will be paid a salary based on their ability to perform. But - they are never to be paid for what they are worth. Their compensation is always less than their true worth. The difference is the profit that the company derives from them.

You may consider that a fair deal, but think about it: wouldn't it be better if they are paid for what they are worth? Better still, wouldn't you want your children to be the master and people are submitting to them? Why make them servants when they have the chance to become masters?

"But that's how the world works!" you cried. "You grow up, get an education, get a good job, and live happily ever after. It has always been so."

True. The system has been in place since feudal times, when lords held serfs in a condition of servitude. The serfs were required to render services to the lord. It was common that lands are taken over, and the serfs may be transferred from owner to owner.

Things have not changed, only the names have. Now employers hold employees in a condition of servitude. Workers are required to render services to the boss. It is common that companies are bought over, and employees may be transferred to work for a different company or a different boss.

It was a system created by the lords to keep the serfs in their place. It works so well that it is still being used today, in the 21st century. Serfs willingly accept their place, and they raise children to be serfs as well.

In the old days, serfs had no opportunity to break free from this bondage. In modern times, an illusion of comfort is created to keep you in your glass box. But it's only an illusion, for the "live happily ever after" bit comes at a high price.

Not only will your children be expected to submit to their masters, they are also expected to give away much of their lives, at least from 9 o'clock in the morning to 5 o'clock in the evening, from Mondays to Fridays. In addition, they will spend an hour or so getting to their work place and back. In return, they are given twenty days of leave a year. Only 20 out of 365! So for most of their working life, they belong to their masters, not to themselves. On top of their time, they are expected to give all their energy, but they are never paid for what they are worth. And when they are no longer of value, they are discarded, while a new, younger generation of serfs are brought in to replace them. Is that what you want for your children?

If you want the best for your children, you must show them the door out of the glass box. And you cannot do that, till you yourself found that door.

Let's go back to the top. Why do we tell our children to study hard. Is it in order to get a good job? Hardly. The "get a good job" bit has been planted into mainstream thinking by lords to keep serfs in place. But look around you. Who are the richest people in the world, are they the lords or the serfs?

Does Warren Buffett work for Berkshire Hathaway or does he own Berkshire Hathaway? Does Mark Zuckerberg work for Facebook or do the employees of Facebook work for him? At your local butcher, grocer, baker, does the boss work for the workers or the workers for the boss?

We tell our children to study hard, not necessarily to get a good job, but rather, to make something good out of themselves. We want them to be a contributor to society. And that's how the world works.

We are rewarded according to the value we add to the world.

Money is the currency in quantifying the value we add into or take out from the world. When we go shopping, we use money to take value out from the world. When we go on holiday, we are in a continuous spending mode, and the world delivers us value through discoveries and entertainment. When we provide a service, and someone pays us, we add a value and are rewarded with money.

There are many ways to add value to the world, but the best do not require a commitment of our time and energy. A dentist adds value by fixing people's teeth. But if the dentist falls sick and cannot work, he stops adding value and hence stops being rewarded for it. His adding value is hinged on a commitment of his time and energy.

Let's say the dentist bought a row of shops and he rent them out. His tenants run businesses in those shops, and they pay him a rental. The rental allows the dentist to terminate his practise, which hinges on a commitment of his time. He has been able to add value to the world without a commitment of his time or energy. He has found the door to the glass box.

I add value to the world through my websites. They allow me to earn a living without holding a job, because they continuously add value into the world, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, regardless whether I am sleeping or eating or spending time talking to you.

Simply writing a website or blog is not enough. If your website or blog is about random things that happen in your life, if your Facebook posts are about random things in your life, you are not providing value. You are wasting your time unproductively, and postponing your opportunity to find the door of the glass box. If instead your Facebook/Twitter/Google+ posts are focused on providing value, be it on cooking, carpentry, anything the world desires, over time you will create the asset that removes you from having to commit your time and energy for money.

In addition to earning online, I also have an offline business. I have staff who work for me. I love my staff, but I could not pay them for what they are worth. They work so that they provide the value, and I profit from the value they create. I make sure I have the system in place so that I can detach myself from the day-to-day running of the business. In fact I only enter the office at most once a week, and all reports are emailed to me. If you create a business where things grind to a halt the moment you yourself stops working, it is not an effective system. Stay away from it.

If you want the best for your children, teach them to provide value to the world. Preferably, teach them to create systems that add value to the world without a commitment of their time or energy. It may require time and energy to put in place the system, but once it starts running, it should churn out value independently. And the investment to acquire such skills is worth every bit.

Learn to add value to the world

Adding value to the world is a skill everyone should acquire, to break free from the mainstream glass box. I am not asking you to quit your job. I am asking you to acquire skills that you can pass on to your children, skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. Acquire the skills to add value to the world that does not require a commitment of time and energy. You can find, and I shall continue to add, more articles in Happy Jobless Guy, to help you discover and inculcate these skills. For your sake and for your children's. That, along with politeness, courtesy, respect and love of mankind will arm your children for a satisfying life.

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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