Originally published on my Steem account in 2018.

One of my favorite books that never strays far from my bedside is *The Good Life Lab by Wendy Tremayne* It’s sort of like a manual for embracing a completely decommoditized life, off the grid, in the waste-stream and by your own design.

I stumbled onto the book years ago, the design leapt off the shelf. I was intrigued. I snatched it up and read the whole thing in a day or two.

The knowledge wasn’t new, I’d been living a completely unconventional life for 20 years, but I love when someone taps into the philosophy AND the practicalities of this type of life that’s so far from the norm.

I feel as though I’ve found a kindred spirit when I stumble onto these analogs of unconventional life. This book was no different. And it’s laid out in easy to digest chapters with recipes, wisdom and info-graphics that remind me why I live this way.

I often grab my copy when I’m conflicted. When I’m faced with an opportunity to grow my business or engage in some other activity that involves adulting and adhering to social norms. Like car loans to upgrade from my 22 year old 4×4 or signing a year lease in a town that requires me to get a salary to afford it.

You know, adulting. In a modern world.

So, I open to a chapter, read a bit about Wendy’s journey and am reminded about why I make the choices I do.

One of my favorite charts for entrepreneurial decisions is What is the Cost of a Job? Seriously. How often do we EVER have that conversation– either in the MBA classrooms or entrepreneurial space? Never.

 

We never stop to analyze the cost of that job– on our life, our wallet and our well-being. It’s all about ROI, profit margins and exit strategies. I get it, I’ve played the biz dev game for years and enjoyed it. But I do ask myself that question often.

 

What is the cost? How much of my life will I sacrifice to boost up the bottom line? Will I enjoy the building journey or am I waiting for the payout at the end of that exit strategy.

Usually, almost always, the cost is too high. The sacrifice too much.

I can only imagine what a careerist in a cube or office has to wrestle with in the cost of their job. Actually, I don’t have to imagine. I spent my 20s as a bartender in a tourist town, pouring liquor down the throats of miserable suburbanites who had 2 weeks a year to unwind from the cost of their jobs.

Some find satisfaction in that lifestyle. And that’s lovely– more power to you! But for many I’ve encountered in my 20+ years as an adult, there’s a quiet disconnect from life, from source, that leads people into a circus of hustle, bustle and perpetual stress and anxiety. My belief is that many in this predicament are wrestling with some aspect of modernity listed on this graphic.

So, I ask you, what’s your cost of a job? What’s the one thing from the chart above or your own observations that is a cost of your job? What would you do to eliminate that cost– or all of those costs– from a job?

How far would you go to never have to worry about those costs of a job ever again? What would that life look like? Would you thrive, survive or whither in a lifestyle NOT driven by the costs of your job?

 

 

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