I realize I’m about five years late to the party, but I just finished “reading” (quoted because it was an audiobook) the 4-Hour Workweek.
It was inspirational, but I realized something very important at the end of listening.
I don’t want to be rich, if rich means outsourcing everything and coming up with a product that people don’t need.
He talked about making $40,000 a month with automation.
Sounds nice. But I think I like working. I like what I do for a living, and instead of automating, I’d like to spend my energy writing, or making and selling caramels, or otherwise finding things I enjoy.
Sure, infomercials sell products. I should know. I have purchased no fewer than four products from infomercials (the ab belt, mineral makeup, the perfect brownie pan, oxyclean, just off the top of my head).
But this is not my path. My path is not to make something, to create a product that creates demand from people who should be spending their money on something else, which leads to clutter, which leads to waste.
I’ll make caramels. I’ll continue working with farmers markets. In fact, I’ll live the way that farmers markets declare is the right way. Local. Sustainable. Real.
No outsourcing required.
I am interested in working from home one day a week, and I’m interested in “mini retirements” so the book wasn’t entirely wasted on me.
I think my life motto could be summed up by Garrison Keillor, who says, every day, “be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”