Choose to stop being a slave

Many people talk about being a slave to any of the following:

  • debt
  • money
  • your job
  • cigarettes
  • coffee
  • image and status
  • car
  • house

Some are even proud to admit it!

I say: “Hey, whatever floats your boat“, but I am not entirely convinced that people are happy to spend 60 – 100 hours a week at work, chained to a desk, in an unnatural position.

I was a slave to my debt, and therefore a slave to money.

I am not saying you can just snap your fingers and stop having to rely on your job to make cash for you, but nothing is going to change if you don’t start somewhere.


Baby steps include even THINKING about how you are going to make this change.

Perhaps you want to go into a different industry.

Instead of sitting at your office cubicle with your TPS reports, dreaming about flipping burgers in Hawaii in flip flops and Hawaiian shirts, start thinking about it realistically:

  • Is it feasible? If not, what is?
  • What education do I need to get there?
  • What papers will I need, if any?
  • How much money will I need to have saved?
  • What kind of experience do I need to ask about or read up on?
  • What is my timeline for the dream?
  • What is my business plan?

If you start taking action, you aren’t a slave to anything any more — you’re the master, and in control of making sure you harness in Lady Luck and Dame Fortune to entice them to see things your way.

If you want to get out of debt, it’s the same thing.

Think about how you are going to get out of debt.

Look at your total amounts owed, set up a plan, start a budget, track your expenses and work on it.

None of this stuff comes easy to anyone.

Everyone needs a bit of luck here and there, but you also need to do 90% of the work and set up the right conditions to be in the position to get “lucky”.

And it may never work or materialize, but at least you’re doing something and trying, instead of just hoping and dreaming.

P.S. Wanting to win the lottery is not a goal 🙂 Just sayin’.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.