Absolutely 100% contracting is not for me, and I am going to push hard so that this means to an end career of mine changes for the better. My aim is to get into management over the next few years and earn some good money. Then get further into property and hopefully achieve my FI earlier than expected.
I have read enough success stories to believe that I can become a successful property investor. I feel like I finally know what to do with money. I just need continue to keep my house in order, so I have no issues with cash flow. Then it is about self-education and making better decisions with any spare money I get.
Easier said than done and I can tell you that from experience. The difference is that I am now obsessed with self-development and in that is self-education. This is a change of tactic from me as over the last 10 years I have focused only on my career. I have done every course possible and pushed myself hard but there are no guarantees in contracting. It is very much up and down. I have had good years and bad years. Shit happens and every other contractor goes though the same ups and downs. I suppose it comes down to what you are willing to put up with.
I am no longer willing to put up with contracting as I know it’s not for me. That is why I read a book a week and absorb as much info as possible through various podcasts and blogs. I am all over self-education and am investing heavily in my personal development. It is just a waiting game as I know there are opportunities around the corner.
If opportunities don’t come, I will work harder. I will keep pushing myself to become better at my job and continue to pursue my break into management. My addiction with reading and learning in general will just get stronger.
This may sound like bullshit to other people reading and it certainly will to some of my friends and family. They don’t understand my obsession with learning about money and self-development. Fuck it, I want to be happy and learning and progressing make me happy.
I want to know what it is like to go to work and be happy about it. To wake up on a Monday and be genuinely happy to be going to work. Not sick as fuck because I am due on site at 0600 to get to the means to an end job.
I also want to know what it feels like to work at home and work 4-5 days a week and maybe 5-6 hours a day. Again, this has nothing to do with being lazy I just want to make the most of my time. Spending decades working 50-60 hour weeks, on sites all over the country and even the world is not my first choice career at all!
If I can get enough property and other investments behind me, I know I can get a permanent job at home and work 4.5 days a week and leave contracting behind for good. This will mean I will have much more time with the family and get to do the hobbies I love. With passive income coming in, we will be able to go on holidays abroad and weekends away when we want (within reason of course).
Contracting might change over the next few years and I might be in constant work and earn good money, but it still won’t give me the quality time I crave with friends and family. Time is our most valuable asset, and I intend to make the most of mine. Even if I have a few shitty years of working away for long periods I know it will be worthwhile in the bigger picture.