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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Which race are you running?


One of my blog followers (and my former boss) forwarded an article from the local newspaper to me which referred to a management alumni taking a "sanyas" in a remote small flat and leading a peaceful life thereafter, completely cut off from the modern world and perhaps leading a more peaceful and relaxed life. He was perhaps trying to say that each one of us have a limited time span in this life and are running our own race to reach one or the other milestone before our time on this planet comes to an end.

Well, that raised a very interesting train of thoughts in my mind - each one of us is busy, each one of us is running a race, then what is the difference among all these different races..Who is running a rat race and who is not..as i was pondering over these questions through the afternoon today, i finally had the answer by the end of the day, and this happens to be the topic of my post today

To me, Rat Race is just another race. The key attributes associated with Rat Race are that it is "mindless", the end result is not worth running the race for and the worst of all, it makes you "compete" with other racers in this race. The last point happens to be the source of our unhappiness as well. Whether we like it or not, most of us are running this kind of race whether we are in a job or run our own business. It is a world of competition - as we hear it. The Rat Race has just been becoming more global as we start competing globally as a business or as an individual. We are stuck in this. There seems to be no way out of it. Can we do anything about it? Wouldn't life be boring if we were not competing? What have we come here for?

The fact is that a selected few who decide not to run this rat race, are also running a race, but of a different kind. I realized that i am also in a race even if i am financially free, though i object to this being called as a Rat Race. Here is why i say so. My race is not against anyone or not in competition to anyone. I don't have to beat anyone but myself and the goals that i have set for myself. I am running a race against time where i have to make sure that i provide education to at least 1 million underprivileged children and also plant at least 1 million trees. I too have a limited life span. I am fully in this race..i have to run hard, i have to compete hard but only with myself. I am very likely to be more happy during the journey of this race (which is not a small one by the way) compared to so many others who are involved in the Rat Race.

Some of you may be running other different races. Each one of us runs a race that we feel provides happiness to us, though most of us are stuck in the mindless rat race, wanting to come out but not knowing how to. The book "From Rat Race to Financial Freedom" shows you the way - for the first time, it gives you a choice that it is possible to come out of the rat race and join a different race of your choice. You chose which race you want to run. The book gives you step by step method to start from scratch and attain financial freedom.

So, which race are you running now a days ? and which race would you love to run ?

Cheers

Manoj Arora

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