Do these posts get boring? It’s a rhetorical question, don’t answer if you think they do… I like living in my little bubble. Anyway… The man behind the blog Free-quentFlyerBook, often called FQF (and worse things) had the audacity to disagree with a previous post of mine, talking about the idea of breaking routine. I’ve got to clear up a few things:
MATT THINKS OUR LIMITING FACTOR IS TIME AND ATTENTION; I THINK IT’S VALUE
Nope, its time and attention.
I have unlimited time and attention (this is my job)
That doesn’t mean unlimited, because in any one day there remains 24hrs, and in any one hour 60 minutes. Time is limited, and our time on earth is limited also. Beyond the morbid truth that our time here is finite, there are phases within our life which are critically important. I’m sure that there are better ways to describe them, but broadly speaking we have:
- Basic skills phase (school, then college to learn how things work) this is generally a consumption phase, we earn little and burn a lot… but we invest in ourselves.
- Accumulation phase (work/business/etc) earning money, often having to pay of debt, and saving for retirement.
- Post accumulation phase (retirement/FIRE) spending money, returning to a consumption phase, with passive income fueling the consumption.
To say you have unlimited time to earn points does mean that you are stepping out of the cycle – and what does that mean in the broader picture? While breaking the cycle can be cool, and can be successful, it does put pressure onto future obligations.
Breaking the habit
What happens if instead of thinking ‘my time is unlimited’ you flip that around and force yourself to carve out real ‘work’ time. You can argue all you like that MS and a blog is a job, but I can also argue that it is not, it can be done really effectively as a hobby. The proof – well, me. And since FQF is much smarter than I am, I’m sure he can do it too. If work isn’t your thing, what about carving out time for family, for education, for traveling to enjoy your labor? At some point, you need to think about other obligations, and it is very easy to discount the importance of your presence within them.
The problem though, is that unless you break what you know, you’ll never understand your limits – and that is the core of my original post.
So many people are wrapped up in their own worlds and own routines that they never realize what else they could achieve. That isn’t to say what they have done already is wrong, or bad, but simply that it might be a drop in the ocean of their potential. When we look at points and miles and habits, we get so wrapped up in the little things that we blinker ourselves to the broader picture.
We chase $10 gigs like cats chase their own tails… we get blogs writing about ‘potential drama and YMMV and targeted stuff’, only to write another post saying how we can all relax because they analyzed the situation and reached out to their contacts and other such stuff and now its all ok.. guys, you’ve got to get out of your own head.
The entire purpose of my post ‘Flipping your sh!t’ was to remind us that unless we are willing to break what we cling onto, we can never reach our true potential. It’s really hard to do, but you’ll never know what your life might be like until you try.
Here’s FQF’s post, it’s a good read.