Josh Langley

How to escape the 9 to 5 rat race

I used to be envious of people who had escaped the 9-5 rat race.

I’d look outwards from inside of my self-imposed office cubicle and see people living life on their terms and having a fabulous time. They were writing books at cafes, having meetings at the beach, and travelling the world working from a laptop. They seemed pretty happy, not at all angry and anxious like I was.

My theme song for my twenties was the Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings’, with the iconic declaration, ‘Despite all my rage I’m still just a rat in a cage’.

It seemed that life always held so much promise and adventure, but there I was writing ads for Botox and injectable clinics, making women feel their self-worth was tied up with the size of their lips and wiping out any facial expressions.

So, I put the grass is always greener theory to the test and found it was indeed greener. I quit the job I hated and started my own business. While it wasn’t easy going, it showed me that there can be another way to live, a way that is far more rewarding.

It’s all made up

The 9 to 5 concept is a social construction and can be disassembled and rebuilt whatever way you want. Not many people tell you that.

You get to be the master of your life, not someone else.

If you’re cool with the way things are, that’s great. Kudos.

But if there’s nagging feeling deep down inside that there can be another way to live, then let your curiosity guide you to greener more adventurous pastures.

It doesn’t have to be a big change, start small, see where it leads and keep going.

I did it. And after a while I learned to follow my curiosity and seize new opportunities that arose. That led to writing 11 books, including 6 kid’s books, creating video programs, doing talks and helping kids and parents.

As what I tell kids all the time, become a wonder hunter!
You won’t regret it.

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