I read today that statistically speaking, the self-employed are less happy than the employed.
That statistic is irrelevant. Or at least, it should be.
Why? Because life isn’t about being in a job or working for yourself. In fact, the concept of leaving work behind isn’t fundamentally about quitting your job. It’s about understanding and embracing the meaning of life: to be content.
That’s it. That’s the whole enigma blown wide open. Be content.
Every day you live should be marked by a conscious effort to improve your contentment — to do more of the things you like and less of the things that you dislike.
This process can start today. Consider the things that you like and the things that you dislike. Make a list. Be specific.
Now do whatever is necessary to increase the items on list one and reduce the items on list two. Be sure that your actions don’t inadvertently add items to list two.
You may be surprised by what you put on the lists and how it affects what you do next. Share what you come up with in the comments section below.
Next time you’re not sure where you’re going, remember to refix your sights on attaining contentment. On a fundamental level, that’s all there is to it.