I live in Ontario with my wife Sara and my 2 kids, Hank and Ida.

I followed my parent’s advice.

I went to college.

I got a job.

I’ve been working my ass off for the last decade.

Where has that got me?

I earn 70K a year, but we owe $420 on the house.

Oh … did I mention I hate my job?

There must be a better way.

3-year-olds don’t dream of driving 2 hours a day to sit inside in front of a screen.

How did I end up here?

When I was younger, I wanted to be a Zoo Keeper. That was until I figured out all they do is sweep up shit all day. But right now, sweeping up tiger shit sounds kind of fun.

At least I wouldn’t have to put up with my boss Colin. It’s like actually working at the set of the office.

If I can just figure out a way to replace my paycheck. Then I would have more time to spend with Sara and the kids.

I would be in charge of my day. But this mortgage isn’t going to pay itself. Neither is the car and the credit card bill from Christmas.

If I could just disappear for 6 weeks, I’m sure I could get some traction. Ah well … that’s never going to happen. I’m gonna have to fight this war on both fronts.

I stumbled across a blog the other day from a dude called Mr. Money Moustache. He’s all about cutting your costs and saving half your pay. Nice for some. My mortgage payment comes out, and BAM – half of my hard-earned cash is sent off to some faceless bank.

He did have a point, though. The only way to escape this scam called employment is to earn more than we burn each month without trading time for money. 

The way I see it, escaping the rat race is really simple. Unfortunately, simple can also mean really hard.

My plan for escape:

  1. Run a magnifying glass over our spending and apply some Mr. Money Moustache magic to our finances.
  2. Learn new ways to make money outside of sitting on my ass staring at a screen and being yelled at by Colin.
  3. Use these new skills to replace my paycheck so I can get my time back.
  4. Use this new time to double down on my new skills to make MORE money than when I was employed.
  5. Invest this extra income into assets like stocks, real estate, and maybe that new Crypto I keep hearing about.

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