Nothing is perfect. Any improvement comes at a cost. What can downshifting cost you?
As we said, you need to have lower expectations of income and wealth. You just might end up better off, but dont plan on it. The corollary to reduced income is ironically reduced freedom in one respect; I miss the freedom to go anywhere in the world I want, and I miss the freedom to buy anything I see. I give up these freedoms in return for freedom of time and freedom from authority and freedom from B.S. emails from management and Marketing.
Consulting can be a nerve-wracking game when things are slow and you cannot see where the next job is coming from. Running a business is even more so. You need to have the confidence that you will always be able to turn a buck, even if it is a much-reduced income that just meets your much-reduced expectations.
Without a big organizational nanny, you must see to your own training and growth.
By not giving me continuance of service when I changed countries my employer made the decision easy for me, by taking away any golden handcuffs. For others it is hard to walk away from potential redundancy payments. If you really want to be free, you have to see it as unreal money, and go after the real money you can make for yourself.
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Sometimes I wish I worked for anyone other than myself.