Dependency = Bad. Self-Reliance = Good.
Think about it.
The conventional wisdom stinks.
According to the conventional wisdom, you’ll do the following things in your life. See if you notice a pattern having to do with self-reliance (or a lack thereof).
- Use FAFSA to get student loans to go to college.
- Graduate with tens of thousands in student loan debt.
- Get an entry level job that pays $10 per hour.
- Get financing for a car.
- Work for 10 years to save up a few measly thousand dollars for a down payment on a house.
- Get a loan for a house.
- Work for a few more decades, all the while barely making ends meet. You might have to declare bankruptcy a couple times along the way.
- Keep a balance on various credit cards.
- Retire with more house loan to pay off.
It’s a brilliant country we live in, isn’t it? This entire list has this in common: dependency. Our country is built this way now. We are molded from a young age into dependent little conformers who must depend on big business and government to even survive. We live our lives as debtors to others. Is it any wonder why so many of us hate where our country is headed.
I challenge you to break the mold. Be disruptive. I’m not saying to be a big jerk. Rather, I am saying to speak the truth. Tell it like it is. For me, this means that I’ll tell you that our national model of a debt-based economy creates a living hell on earth for most Americans. It is evil. It is a model based on slavery. Men are slaves to other men. We’ve done this to ourselves by electing criminals to public office and by letting our freedom slip away election cycle after election cycle. We’ve stopped producing. We consume, consume, consume. We’re lazy.
The conventional wisdom is that you can’t afford life, so you have to borrow. And we accept that as the norm. We don’t even contest it anymore. We’ve settled. I hate that mentality, and I think that you should hate that mentality too.
About a year ago, I decided to give something else a try. I knew it wouldn’t be easy. But I really thought it could work. It is called Wealthy Affiliate. The idea is that if you have a hobby or passion, you can turn your knowledge of it into an income. That is a very simple way of describing it. I encourage you to read my review here: Wealthy Affiliate Review.
I just got so sick of the conventional wisdom. I’ve also tried things like MLM and various get rich quick schemes that I feel a bit ashamed of. I want to point out, though, that I am not ashamed of Wealthy Affiliate. It is legit.
Be a bit disruptive. Don’t give the conventional wisdom the light of day. Try something different. Make a change. Become self-reliant.