Escaping the American Rat Race
Here is the story of Hans Keeling, a Stanford grad, who quit his corporate law job at Sullivan and Cromwell and traded it in for the beaches of Brazil. An inspiring story that definitely makes you stop and think. Are you truly living the life you want or are outside forces laying out a life for you as if you were some merciless leaf in some raging river?
“And while the money was good (for my age group in particular), it quickly became clear to me that it wasn’t worth the tradeoff.”
“I think that was a big enlightenment point – realizing that even if all went perfectly and I worked my butt off, the “prize” at the end of the rainbow was one I didn’t want. That’s when you really know it’s time to make a change.”
“But once I got out of school I had the brutal wake up call that this job was going to be a very harsh reality for a very long time”
“SAVE YOUR MONEY. It’s easy to get sucked into the “gold handcuffs” of the corporate world – fancy dinners, designer suites, convertibles, 5 star hotels and debt on your credit cards. But if and when you’re ready to make the jump to your own gig, trust me you’ll be glad to have the extra start-up capital and financial cushion to get you off the ground”
“You have to have the confidence that your intellect and work ethic got you this far in a very competitive field, and there’s no good reason it won’t continue to take you above and beyond in a career or business that you choose for yourself. Again, hopefully you’ll choose something you enjoy doing, then the work doesn’t feel like “work”, even if you spend lots of time doing it.”