The Luxury of Working for Yourself–What Only the Few Smart Ones Enjoy


About 10 years ago, I was like many of you; I enrolled at the Law School, studying hard and with the sole aim to become a lawyer by working for a law firm–9 to 5 or 9 to 7.

I didn’t see anything wrong with this–in fact my entire education, even at the masters level, seems to help entrench the notion of working for someone.

You are born, you go to school and then after that, you will find a job and work until 65 years or 60. And then go on pension at 65–following which you may die at 70 or if you are not lucky, while even working. So you only live for 5 years without really not working; that’s even when you are old, weak or sick to enjoy this free time.

The above is the norm; what majority do and what I was going to do too.

Then I started reading articles online from some very smart and happy people like Zen Habit, John Chow and the others who challenged the status quo

They said trading your time for money (working for someone) is the dumbest way to make money in life–at first, I didn’t understand it.

And then I realised; the most important luxury to have in life is time–but then time without money is useless. A lot of people have money but do not have time to even enjoy it or spend it with the people that matter.

The balance is; have enough time and enough money which only a few smart people have.

So I decided to join this smart clan, they call themselves the new rich–rich in time and money. And all they did was to work for themselves–by creating systems that will be making them money even when they are sleeping.

I came online at 5am today because I couldn’t really sleep. So I decided to work on my dissertation for my second masters, due for September submission. Read more