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Exchanging Time for Money, Stupid Expenses, and Failure

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The talk of middle class has come up a lot lately, in part because there’s no clear definition of middle class, but Lazy Man shared his thoughts this week on the topic and I thought this quote was a gem: “… unless you love what you do exchanging time for money is a losing proposition.” I think that many of us grew up in situations where money wasn’t abundant and saw education and a job as a way to more money. Whether it was brilliant parenting or actual fact, I grew up thinking we didn’t have much money (books were my toys) but we still considered ourselves “middle class” be we didn’t go hungry, we didn’t struggle to pay bills, and we were otherwise living comfortable and happy lives by any standards. As a result, I saw a job, which was attained through strong academic performance, as the way ensure I could provide for my family. The point of getting a job was to earn money, survive, and then thrive. In my jobs, I was exchanging time for money for something that I enjoyed but can’t say I loved. Now I am exchanging time for money for something I do love and I think I’m much happier because of it. (The italicized sentences in the paragraph were ones that were originally accidentally deleted in the editing process when I first published this post)

Plonkee has a short story about how she keeps forgetting her keys at work and how stupidity is costing her dreams, one £6 (or £1.50) chop at a time. I think it’s a telling story because a lot of people do this, we go through our daily process and often hit these little financial road bumps. If we’re tired, we just plow on through with the power of the purse; if we’re not, perhaps we make the long trek back to get our keys. However, we hit these road bumps all the time. So the solution really is to look back at your daily routine and see if you can plow through the road bumps without the use of money. So think of the last “stupid” expenses you had and how you can avoid them next time.

Sometimes it’s called “F U money” (you can figure it out) and sometimes it’s called “walk away money” (as in walk away from it all), but Trent discusses how you can calculate that number (three versions, only the last of which I consider F U money). I think it helps with goal setting and gives you something to shoot for, rather than day-in and day-out of work work work. Like Lazy Man said, you can’t exchange time for money… you lose every time.

Anabelle from Debt Free Revolution did an entertaining BlogTalkRadio show with Duane Lester with this description “Becoming debt free is a long term goal of mine, and honestly, it should be for everyone. Anabell of Debt Free Revolution talks with us about how to accomplish it.”

And I leave you with this cute story from Mrs. Micah from her one year anniversary.

Okay I lied, I just saw this great video on failure:

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2 Responses to “Exchanging Time for Money, Stupid Expenses, and Failure”

  1. Mrs. Micah says:

    Fun video! :) I find it quite helpful to reframe failures or non-successes as learning experiences.

  2. The flip side is putting yourself in a position where you can replace time WITH money:

    Passive Income > Required Income = Retirement :)


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