Even if you are fortunate enough to love your 9 to 5 job the bottom line is that you will not become a wealthy person working for someone else.
Every job will have its mundane aspects and when you combine that with a salary that just about gets you through to the end of the month it can definitely feel like you are part of the rat race.
Here are some solid reasons why you can’t expect to become rich if you are holding down a traditional 9 to 5 job.
Paying you just enough to keep you interested
If you were to take a cynical view you could easily come to the conclusion that the traditional employment cycle is rigged in such a way that you always earn just enough to get by but will always be held back from achieving your financial goals.
You get a modest pay rise each year and you might even get a promotion from time to time in your career but the only person who is going to make serious money is the person employing you.
Getting a promotion isn’t actually that great
Naturally, it is nice to be recognized for your hard work and diligence and getting a promotion will mean that you are offered a bit more money each month.
However, that also means that your employer will want you to work harder and take on more responsibilities for that reward.
Spending longer hours at work and feeling more stressed by the added responsibilities can soon make that promotion seem less enticing.
Routine is bad for your creativity
It is no coincidence that entrepreneurs and anyone running a business will often seem to enjoy a more diverse workload and that is mainly because they feel empowered to be creative as a result of not being tied to a regular routine.
Working 9 to 5 and doing the same things every day is bound to suppress your creative instincts and you need that sense of freedom if you are going to make any serious money.
Even if you do manage to be creative in your job, you will only be building wealth for someone else rather than yourself.
You need to get outside your comfort zone
When you are holding down a regular job it is far too easy to become accustomed to the comfort of a regular paycheck and that means you no longer have the mindset to take risks with your career.
If you lost your job you would have to seek out an alternative source of income and that is a common scenario that has ended up kickstarting many people into taking greater control of their financial destiny, in the face of short-term financial adversity.
You need to push yourself to escape the comfort of a regular salary if you are going to escape the rat race and find a way to make the sort of money that could make you wonder why you didn’t quit your 9 to job a long time ago.