The Office

I sit here today, looking out my home office window, onto a snowy street. It's really bad out there. Meteorologists are saying we're getting 15-20 centimeters of snow today, which equates to 6-8 inches.

I'm really glad I work from home. A year ago, I would have had to drive downtown to the office. And at the end of the day, as the weather turned nasty, I'd be fighting with 100,000 others on the Don Valley Parkway (highway) trying to get back home.

“There's an accident here. Snow plows haven't had a chance to clear it there. Drive slowly people, as cars are spinning off the road!”

But 11 months ago, I left that office, and I've never “had” to go to an office since then. At times, I've wanted to go to an office and for a time I tried renting one. But even then, I could go or not go whenever I wished. I can sometimes recall walking into that office at 4 PM, where the receptionist would be surprised that I was just starting my day as she was packing up to leave.

I don't have any desire to become some sort of guru, and I'm not trying to inspire anyone to change their life. But… I have to say this out loud. I can't adequately really express how good it feels not working for someone else. Not having to go to an office. Not having to work on a task that you think is a terrible idea but it's on you to do anyways.

My ideas are terrible sometimes. But other people's terrible ideas are really much worse to have to be a part of.

So, what can you do to put yourself in a situation of not having to work for someone else? How can you put responsibility for what time you start work, what time you finish, and where physically you have to be to do it, in your own hands?

I don't have the answers. I mean, I know how I did it. But I don't know how you'll do it. But you should try to do it.

Life's too short to work on things you don't believe in. Life is too short to spend a lot of time per day commuting to work. Life is too short to have to be stressed by road conditions, other people's bad tempers, or to be unable to help someone who needs help because you have to work that day.

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