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Hard Work is not Valued in the Information Age

In the past week I’ve read Timothy Ferriss’ book The Four Hour Work Week (for the fourth time), Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant and Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth (entrepreneur) Revisited.

All three of these New York Times bestselling authors make the same claim:

Hard Work is Useless!

The Agricultural and Industrial Ages have come and gone. The days of long hours and back breaking work yielding a fair wage and supporting a family have passed us by. Today we stand in the Information Age where Thinking is valued.

Think and Grow Rich

This is the title of a book that I have not yet read, but Robert Kiyosaki recommended. He makes it a special point to highlight the fact that this book is not titled Work Hard or Get a Job and Grow Rich.

Working hard at a job no longer holds any security, and with the economy being the way it is today it’s less secure than the past decade. Before reading Kiyosaki’s books I never thought about the fact that layoffs and downsizing are horrible for employees but great for owners and stockholders. Employees lose their job, their sole source of income, while owners and stockholders have one stream of income increase. Some will scream about the unfairness of the situation, but THINK and you’ll grow rich.

Own a Company. Don’t Own a Job!

Michael Gerber teaches someone how to create a business they can own instead of operate. In The E-Myth Revisited Gerber explains the big difference from owning a job and owning a business. Self-Employed people often fall into the owning a job category, while employees cannot even own the job they are in.

Michael Gerber explains that the real value of a business owner is not being the best at their particular craft. He uses the example of a young woman who owns pie baking store. She is a great baker, but her real value is in THINKING about the business, not baking pies.

Do What You Love

Most likely you have a job currently. If you’re self-employed then you probably own a job. You do all the work yourself and are the sole employee of your business. I know I am. However, the majority of the people reading right now have a job where they work for someone else. It is probable they do not like their job, and almost impossible they could love it.

Your value is not in doing your job and “working hard.” Your value is in thinking. Anyone will say that loving what you do, being passionate about your work, is the only real way you should live life. Wasting away your best years waiting for old age and retirement is criminal. Being excited to continue what you started yesterday, having free time to look around and enjoy life is the only option.

Start Thinking and Stop Working

Timothy Ferriss specifically teaches how to create a muse, or a stream of income that is primarily or completely self-sustaining and self-ran. With a muse or two, which you develop by THINKING not hard work, you could do almost anything you wanted. How can you accomplish this?

  • First, read Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and learn how financially illiterate you are.
  • Second, read Timothy Ferriss’ “Four Hour Work Week” and learn how to create income streams starting with no money and little time.
  • Finally, read Michael Gerber’s “The E-Myth Revisited” and learn that you should start a business and run it, not work in it but work at it.

The Most Precious Resource is Time

And you’re wasting it WORKING HARD. STOP! You are going to die. Do you want to work until you’re 70, then try to start enjoying life? Change your thinking.