Who are you? . . . A bucket carrier? Or a pipeline builder?
Do you get paid only when you show up and do the work like Bruno the bucket carrier?
Or do you do the work once and then get paid over and over again, like Pablo the pipeline builder?
If you’re like most people, you’ve working the bucket – carrying plan or “Time-for-Money-Trap” and which means the concept of a “secure job” or a “dream job” is an illusion.
- What would you do if your income stopped tomorrow?
- What would happen if you got laid off?
- What would happen if you got sick or disabled and could not carry those buckets anymore?
- What if medical emergency ate up your savings?
- What if your nest egg evaporated overnight?
- If your income stopped tomorrow, how long could you pay your mortgage or loan? Or pay for your kid’s schooling? 6 months? 3 months? 3 weeks?
- If disaster strikes, do you have a lifeline that would protect you and your family?
Whether you push a broom . . . push paper . . . or push a profession . . . you’re still trading one unit of time for one unit of money. So where’s the security in that?
We observe that 99% of the people carry buckets, so we naturally assume that bucket carrying is the only way to get what we want in life.
The bucket-carrying model tells us that in a bucket-carrying world, here’s what we have to do to get ahead:
- Go to school and learn how to carry buckets?
- Work really hard, earn the right to carry bigger buckets
- Resign from bucket carrying company A, to work for bucket carrying company B which lets you carry even bigger buckets.
- Work longer hours so you can carry more buckets.
- Put the kids through bucket-carrying college.
- Change careers from metal carrying bucket to carrying plastic buckets . . . to carrying digital buckets
- Dream of the day you can retire from bucket carrying. Until then, carry those buckets . . . carry those buckets . . . carry those buckets.
- I’ll get a second job carrying buckets in the evening and weekends.
A bigger bucket won’t solve the problem. Everybody would love to increase the size of their bucket – it’s common sense. As long as you carry buckets, you have to show up and do the work in order to get paid. The day you stop carrying buckets, that’s the money stops coming in.
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