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The New Retirementality: Planning Your Life and Living Your Dreams... At Any Age You Want by Mitch Anthony

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Chapter 11. How Much Is Your Paycheck Costing You?

Fear not that your life will come to an end but that it will never have a beginning.

John Henry Newman

One day my daughter asked me to come out and play. I said, 'No, Honey, Dad's too busy.' My daughter said, 'You're always too busy' and went out to play. That night I kept turning it over in my head. Why do I work hard? Answer: to get freedom. Why do I want freedom? Answer: to spend time with those I love. When am I going to have this freedom or make getting it a priority? Answer: probably about the time my kids are gone. I realized I had put myself in a vicious cycle of motion and money and had everything turned upside down.

Ted, 39

Iwent through a period in my own life when I allowed myself to do work I dreaded to gain money I desired. This period came to an end when I received a personal wake-up call and subsequently assessed my entire state of being by asking myself, "How much is this paycheck costing me?!"

My lesson came in a telling set of circumstances that caused me to compare what I gain materially with what I was losing physically, emotionally, and developmentally.

I had done a little consultation work for a start-up company when they asked me if I would consider taking on a consulting contract for 50 to 60 percent of my time for a fee that many would consider a generous full-time wage. On top of this, they offered me options on over 100,000 shares at 2 cents per share. The individual who offered this package had already taken ...

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