November 14, 2012 by stephenkemper
I’m happy to tell you that I am officially leaving the corporate world! How, you ask? Well, I’m not sure. What I do know are these two things:
- With the low-cost technological, networking, and creative resources available to us all via the web there is no reason to sit and waste away in a cubicle any longer. Money is out there under the rocks…I merely need to turn the right ones over.
- With my self-immersion into the masters and methods of Lifestyle Design, I have the tools it takes to be successful.
With these two assets in my favor, I’m confident that the only other thing required is elbow grease and perseverance in order to successfully transition out of the corporate world into lifestyle design. I have been a fan of Tim Ferriss for quite some time and have even indulged a few muses in the past with no success. Those muses include a personal training website, a “good” newspaper, and a few others not worth mentioning. In fact, since failing seems to be an integral part of success, I’m happy for those failures because I feel like I finally have a few of those out of the way.
There are several reasons for creating this blog. First, it allows me to have a tangible tool that to reach my goal of making as much monthly income from my own efforts as I do from my corporate gig. That said, I will work over the next twelve months to ensure that I am making at least $4,000/mo from side efforts alone. Second, this blog will also include a real-time, documented, diary-like record of my transition from suffocating in corporate world (this very second) to achieving enough income to give my two weeks notice at work. That is, there will be a final posting of this blog on or before 11/14/13 and it will be when I resign from my current company. Finally, I was a decent writer in high school and college and simply have not written anything of significance since then. Considering that I think, “I need to write that down” several times a day, it’s about time that I take action.
What is our most valuable asset? Think about it for a second but before you answer that question, I would like to take away both “family” and “health” as answers since those answers tend to be the most popular. From experience, I have found that other answers to this question include my house, my beliefs, my integrity, my degree, my experience, my will and many other great answers, most of them being altruistic ones. Well, I’d like to let those people know that they are all wrong. The correct answer to the question “What is my most valuable asset?” is Time. Time is our most valuable asset. And why is that? Because not only do we each have a finite amount of it but also because we can never get it back. Just yesterday, I was going out every night as a senior in college with the whole world ahead of me and millions of dollars to make. Today, I woke up with a low credit score, a mediocre salary at a corporation and a myriad of dreams unachieved. Thankfully, I’m smart enough to know that if yesterday I was just a senior in college and today I haven’t progressed too far since then, then tomorrow I will continue to work from a cube with a low salary and tons of debt. This trend must change! M-U-S-T. I literally have no choice. If I’m going to change, I must take action and this blog is the start.
Since I am online many times a week looking for a way out of the corporate world, I can only assume that there are thousands of other folks doing the same thing at the same time. My goal is to reach those very people to give them ideas, resources and motivation on bettering themselves. In my readings (and listenings, and watchings) of Tim Ferriss, Chris Guillebeau and others, it is clear that lifestyle design is an absolutely attainable goal for those who are willing to listen, implement, fail, learn, rebuild and put forth more effort than they ever have put forth before. I’m convinced that freedom from conventional jobs can be attained. C-O-N-V-I-N-C-E-D!
I have no problem with hard work and my thirteen-month tenure as a life insurance agency-builder is a testament to that fact. What I have issues with is sitting in a cubicle for forty hours a week giving a corporation my most valuable asset: my time. I am announcing to the world that am selling out my allegiance to corporate life so I can truly lead my own life once again. My goal is to become a corporate escapee. Stay tuned.