What works to motivate one person may not work to motivate someone else.
For me, I’m motivated to save money because I don’t want to have another job.
In 20 years, I’ve worked at 33 different jobs.
I’ve worked at everything from Public Toilet Researcher for a Seattle City Councilmember, to Communications Director for an environmental non-profit, to Pre-Law Adviser for the University of Washington.
I am grateful for the fact that I’ve had so many diverse opportunities. I’ve learned a lot about what I like and don’t like, met tons of interesting people, made some money, funded my retirement account, and gained some great skills.
Do I want to get another job? Not really.
I love being self-employed and I love being my own boss.
I am currently the founder, boss and sole employee for Prelaw Guru, a consulting company that helps people kick ass on their law school applications.
I love setting my own schedule every day. I love being able to take a break in the middle of a work day to go to my qigong class. I love sitting quietly and undisturbed for an hour just to think. I love making my own daily business decisions without having to check with anyone else. I love not having to go to staff meetings. I love being 100% responsible for everything that happens with my business–both the good and the bad.
The career of an entrepreneur is not for everyone. Many people would hate it. They consider it too risky, too much stress, and too much work. But it works for me.
Every day, I’m conscious of how I spend or save my money because I want to be an entrepreneur for the rest of my life.
Running my own business means I have to be able to ride the ups and downs of revenue (and losses). I have a hefty safety net because you just never know what might happen when you’re running your own business. I’d rather be extra safe than sorry.
I’m not going to say I’ll never take another job because I don’t know what the future holds. There might be an organization and a position out there that’s the perfect fit for me. Never say never.
But, for the time being, I know what motivates me every day to save money: being job-free and being my own boss.
It’s hard work but I love it.
What’s something (an experience, a goal, a lifestyle, an actual thing) that you love so much that you’d be motivated to save money every day in order to reach it?
What’s your motivation to be Super Frug?