025 Non-Jobs

Today’s topic is based on something that I think we all want! Many of my clients ask me, “Olaf, how can I not work anymore? I want to be free and on the beach doing nothing! What can I do to make this dream a reality?” Well, my answer is always the same: unless you win the lottery or suddenly inherit millions of euros, this is not a reality. And this is not what you should be aiming for if you want to be successful.

"You will eventually get bored sitting on the beach all day doing nothing!"

Now before you start crying and giving up on your dream, this requires a bit of explanation. We all want a “non-job.” I’m going to go into what exactly a non-job is: it’s something that you do that doesn’t feel like work. Note that I did not say no work at all, but something that doesn’t feel like work! A non-job is different for each person based on what they are passionate about. Now remember that this should have some money-making potential. For example, I love to barbecue! But my non-job is more about developing new courses for the leadership stars program. I could do this all day! I usually bring this issue up with clients I coach, and the men come up with something in the realm of beer and bitches. On average most people do not have a non-job idea. They hate working at their 9-5 job, but if I gave them 12 million euros what would they do? Beer and bitches on the beach for a few weekends then what? You will eventually get bored, and this is what most people do not realize. There misconception of either suffering in an office job you hate or sitting on the beach doing nothing.

"The really successful people are not content with just one stream of income!"

I believe instead of choosing one end of the spectrum or another, you should aim for something more moderate. Even the people that are millionaires and billionaires do not sit around doing nothing. In fact, I would say they work harder than the average person. The really successful people are not content with just one stream of income. Your goal should be modified to end up on the beach doing something that you love! Trust me, if you sit on the beach doing nothing for three months you will get bored! Live a life that you do not need a vacation from.

"Live a life that you do not need a vacation from!"

You can do this by investing in yourself. Go work your 9 to 5 office job for the company, but then start something that you’re passionate about and maybe get another stream of income in. Maybe it doesn’t make any money but at least it will give you joy. We live in a golden age of information spread and opportunity. Don’t limit yourself because if you’re not taking advantage of that, you cannot blame anyone but yourself. Now go get your non- job!

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