Will You Take It Personally? A Financial Freedom Manifesto.


The crazy boss.  The insane co-workers. The reorganizing. The reorganizing of the department that just got reorganized last month.  The downsizing. The layoffs.  Being forced to do twice as much work as before, for the same money,

…and a stupid “attaboy” plaque.

The mind-numbing marathon meetings that suck the life out of you.  Being ushered like cattle into assembly line food buffets. The regurgitation of last year’s “new paradigm” and “out of the box thinking” claims, that were neither a new paradigm nor a display of innovative thinking last year.

The nights away from your family at a budget hotel. Cramming four colleagues into an economy-class rental car, so that you can waste another day driving the stupid boss around. The flight delays. More flight delays. And even more flight delays.  Arriving home after midnight. On a Friday night. On your night.

The stupid office politics. The Peter Principle. The stack ranking.  The blatant nepotism. The ass kissing. The ass kissing. The ass kissing.

The selling of your soul for five days a week, so that it can be loaned back to you on the weekends.  The five days of bondage, exchanged for two days a week and two weeks a year of “freedom”.

But corporate America isn’t the enemy.

No.

The enemy is you.

When did you decide to stop fighting? To just give up? To take it?

And it’s easy to blame everything and everyone else: Income inequality. The rich Wall Street bankers. The overpaid CEO. The Democrats. The boss. The Republicans. The parents. The spouse. The ex-spouse. The company. The company before. The economy. The direction of the wind.

But this is the dark cloud of “they” thinking, the type of thinking that leads to victimization:

-They didn’t give me the promotion.

-They rigged the system.

-They raised my interest rate.

-They won’t pay more than minimum wage.

-They increased my rent.

The question is this: Has anyone in the past, with those similar circumstances, been able to change things? To transcend their situation with hard work and smart choices…and to improve their lives?

The answer is an obvious “yes”. There’s countless examples. Dozens. Hundreds. Thousands of examples.

But an even better question is this…

How long will you continue to settle for this? How much longer will you live in the cocoon that keeps you so small?

Years ago, the spark was there. The dreams. What you were going to do. Who you were going to be. And most of all, the willingness to take it personally.

The good news is that you can take it personally again.

And if you want a different life, you would take it personally.

If you want a life where you control your time, you should take it personally.

If you want a life away from the rat race, you must take it personally.

And if you want a life of freedom, you absolutely must take it personally.

So, get frustrated. Then get angry. Then get really angry.  Then get really, really angry. Angry to the point of disgust.

Because disgust is one of the most powerful motivators there is. It’s the mother of battle cries. It summons the courage and the will to do this… to stop. To stop what your doing. To stop being someone you were not meant to be. To stop being an impostor. It is the turning point for change.

So use disgust as a tool. Use disgust with the status quo, disgust with the mind-numbing mediocrity and disgust with the life you never meant to live, to do this…

To demand a better life.

The life you must have. The life you were supposed to have. The life you wanted when you took it personally.

You won’t get a better life hoping, wishing or having “they” thinking.

None of that works.

Only when you demand a better life for yourself, will you have it.

So, take it personally. Yes, take it personally.

You must take it personally. For Pete’s sake, take it personally.

Be free. Nothing else is worth it.

Financial Freedom Monty Campbell

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  • Gary

    Friday, March 6th was my last day as a corporate slave. The politics and popularity contest was too reminiscent of high school. I own a business now and am working towards being financially free. Thanks for posting and reaffirming that I made the right choice.

    • caleb360

      I think some jobs are better than others, some environments and corporate cultures less oppressive but the boss subordinate relationship is one I will never be able to except. It is basically a scam where I break my back for them to collect the check. Owning your own business is the only way to get rich.

      • https://www.montycampbell.com/ Monty Campbell

        I agree that some are better than others. I disagree that owning a business is the only way to get rich. You can be an investor and get rich. 🙂

    • https://www.montycampbell.com/ Monty Campbell

      Good for you Gary. Love hearing stories like this.

  • chupa

    I think that all employees in a company are slaves except for the owners. After all, a manager can fire an underling but a group of underlings can never fire a manager.

    • https://www.montycampbell.com/ Monty Campbell

      Good point. Financial freedom is about control. There are many different definitions of success, but I’ve always believed the best definition is this: To live life the way you want to.

  • ardsen

    I have been struggling to cope with working in a cubicle but to no avail. Initially, I was very worried about my struggle with corporate life. I thought I am not normal since I have difficulty adjusting to the corporate world. But after reading your article, I realized there are others who face the same problem as me. Thanks for taking the time to publish this article.

    • https://www.montycampbell.com/ Monty Campbell

      Thank you for taking time to read the article. If you are not cut out for the corporate world, create a plan that will get you out of it. Some birds cannot be caged.

  • barbarabt

    I agree with your comments about disgust. Once we associate negative feelings with an idea it is very hard to shake off. Animals that remember the foods that make them sick are more likely to survive. So those who have a long memory of what disgusts them are better adapted for survival.

    • https://www.montycampbell.com/ Monty Campbell

      That’s exactly right. Disgust triggers the emotion of “no more!”.

  • drew

    Glad you wrote about the “they” think problem. My sister constantly uses the “they” excuse to explain away her own lack of success. I’ve forwarded your post to her to read along with one of my favorite Richard Bach’s quote: “If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.” Hopefully, she’ll come around!

    • https://www.montycampbell.com/ Monty Campbell

      Thanks Drew. I found that people stuck in “they” think like being stuck there. It gives them a convenient place to excuse away their lack of achievement. Best wishes.

  • Steve

    Powerful stuff Monty.

    • https://www.montycampbell.com/ Monty Campbell

      Thanks Steve.