Slickdrums Chronicles

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So Why Slave Away?

This I asked myself, one fateful morning as I walked toward the tall brown building, housing one of the leading ISPs in the country. I worked as a Consultant, and worked directly with the top brass. Fancy title, fancy space, fancy notebook - minus the pay.

So why am I slaving away, I questioned myself. The answer to that was somewhat shocking yet not. What wasn't shocking was, I needed to bring back the 'bacon', to pay the bills, to take care of the household which meant my wife and me. What rocked me was, the reality of the fact that my whole life's adequacy of control flirted with the definition of a modern slave - an employee.

I hated my travelling time. Spending time on the train is not my idea of a good time. I gagged at the fact that the best hours of my day, from 8am to 6pm, was given to someone whom I didn't want to spend my life with. And I raced back home every day because I have so little time left. Most of it, I just want to recover through sleep. I KNEW that this is NOT, EVER, how my life should be written!

I get pounded for mistakes on the job. I get pounded because some top brass is intending to make money so he doesn't care about market research, team resources, viabilities, cost. Actually, he does care. Just about cost. So long we can hike up the cost, he eventually makes a good sum. Yup, the reality of working for a shark. But in fact, every boss looks out for their own [although not all are greedy]. No one coaches you and mentors you to be greater than he/she in a job. And in a job, you aren't taught to make mistakes and to learn from making mistakes. In fact, you are NOT supposed to make mistakes. In a business, mistakes are essential to making a step towards success.

So why slave away? I realised that while I had to slave for that time being [to cover necessities], I could also dig towards my freedom. The shovel's ready, the map's proven and faultless, what are you waiting for?

The Right Kind of Work

What can be more rewarding than devoting a lifetime of work that will far outlive you, a work that will see future generations come and go? What peace work of this kind brings to a man! What disregard for time and death! What anticipation of eternity!
{Joan Maragall}

And I couldn't agree more. One thing's for sure, such work doesn't fall within the confines of a job. Although the quote could be meant for work of a different kind, I have found it nonetheless apt to describe my business. A business with a mission, a heart.

And It Is All About The WHY

I once grew tired of my nephew's new found joy - the word WHY. Why this? Why that? [It almost made me mentally erase that one particular word.. sheesh]. I retorted silently, "WHY can't you just shut up!". Yup, the joys of being an uncle [why can't I just enjoy the cuteness minus the yapping?].

But the WHY is very important. Ok, perhaps not to the extent of annoyance but an important part our daily lives. For example, WHY we work late. WHY you look forward to that paid leave. WHY you just want to spend an extra 5 minutes more in bed, at 6:00am. WHY I have to work. WHY we hate our bosses. WHY we loves our bosses [especially after that nice pat on the back minus the promise of a raise]. Whys brings us to answers, whichever way you put it, question or statement.

When we began to ask ourselves WHY, we began to seek answers. WHY do we want more than just a 9am-9pm job? WHY do we want to get more of out life than just being a wage earner? WHY shouldn't you want to be more than just a wage earner? Both equally celebrated WHYs in our lives. It is in mine. Those WHYs come on like auto-pilot soon as the jam piles on the highway

It is how from the whinings [in a good whiny way] WHY, "Why is it like this?" or "Why am I slaving away?" we consciously make an effort to turn into looking for answers. Then, you have a goal, a dream, a WHY.

I have worked for 10 years. Ah, just an adolescent in the working world. However, enough exposure to it for me to make a decision. I whined and whined. I then realised that whining isn't going to help. So, I decided to turn those whinings into something useful. That brought about my WHYs :

WHY shouldn't I be a Multi-Millionaire? WHY shouldn't I be debt free? WHY shouldn't I drive cars I love? WHY shouldn't I start giving back to my mom, who slogged for years and supported the 4 of us after my dad passed away? WHY shouldn't I support my church mission work? WHY shouldn't I buy a church building?

With these in my mind, I have now a quest. So, I made a comparison to where I am, and how would I achieve all that through my current pay/wage/salary/income. I concluded I wanted my WHY so badly that my current situation cannot help. So, I need to find a way to get my WHYs done.

You see, your WHY is your LIFE - Dreams, Goals, Aspirations. In finding freedom in your life today. When we have our WHYs, we realise that how the journey is made is not important, as long as it is moral and ethical, it is when we make our journey.

Stop whining. Find your Dreams. Find your WHY.

Be A Freedom Fighter!

Nope, not the anti-war, anti-oppression-by-dictators. It is fighting for human rights, but in a very different way.

Be A Personal Freedom Fighter. Help others to get out of their bondage of job and financial rut by providing an avenue where they can embark to a journey to personal freedom. Do that by keeping your hearts open to understand.

When we help more people to be personally free, so will we help the world change to a better place to live in. A group of people living to touch other lives will impact the world dramatically. Where Arab & Jews are enemies, here they are close buddies. Where skin knows no color. Where the goal is to FREE people from bondage, and to create friendships.

This is where a business strives on helping others before yourself. A business where success achieved when others first are served to achieve success. Impossible? Hogwash? Far from it, dear friends. This is where no war, no racial disgust, no discrimination lives!

My hope and dream is to help as many people to achieve Personal Freedom so they could help others, so together we can change and impact the world economically and positively.

This is the liberation war I'm fighting.

Welcome Winners!

Greetings. My name is Slickdrums.

What I will hope to do is to educate and enlighten readers about finding the right path into Financial & Personal Freedom. I will hope to make this very quick-bite size informaton (or infobites, I call them), enough to digest for a day. I hope to post at least twice a day.

In between, I will probably cover other non-related stuff as well. You know, like why the Oscars are so very biased. Or a little on certain events or people.

Check this site periodically. Since I run my own business, I can't be around 24/7. So I will try 2/1 (twice per day).

Hey, smile. Life's lot more than days just passing by. If you pause just for a while, you are enjoying the moment. Those little moments add up to big changes.