I’ve pretty much always been an “anti-establishment” type of guy. Yeah, I know it’s dating me a bit, but I really believe the freedom of the 60s and 70s was a good thing. I also believe that adhering strictly to the rules, donning a monkey suit and working yourself to death is not the answer to achieving your goals in life. But that’s what we have all been taught – and many of us are still trying to do the same thing, hoping for a different outcome. Isn’t that the definition of “insanity”?
I’ve chosen to take a different route, and bend or break some rules.
It’s worked well for me, and I’m betting it will work for those of you out there that didn’t think that your “rebel” ways would ever bring you a six figure income, or more. This is my way of “sticking it to the man”. First, I absolutely hate suits. I have been known to wear one, but only in extremely suit-appropriate situations, like funerals. My own style is just a little more laid back, and it doesn’t seem to have done me any harm, financially or personally. What it has done is allow me to be comfortable whether I am dealing with business, entertaining or traveling, which in turn makes me more successful.
I don’t have to lie about who I am so that if I’m caught being myself by one of my business associates, I don’t have to be embarrassed by it and they don’t have to wonder who the hell that was. It keeps things honest, and that’s how I like to live my life and conduct my business.
More ways I like to “stick it to the man”? I jaywalk, and won’t pay for parking if I can avoid it at all costs. First, I think that having to pay for parking is a travesty and a total waste of my money. I don’t just park in front of fire hydrants or in fire lanes, but if I spot a parking spot that might be in a bit of a questionable area and I think that I can get away with it, I will park there. So what if I get the occasional parking ticket? It is costing me a lot less than paying to park in a complex or in a garage on a daily basis.
Of course, being aware of your locale is beneficial. For example, there are some areas where the cops make the rounds and mark tires and that’s the only thing they do all day. There are also some areas where parking on the street may result in the loss of your wheels and everything else that can be taken off of a vehicle. When choosing to forgo paid parking, I always weigh my options and have a good idea if I can get away with it before I do it.
As far as jaywalking goes, I think that is one law that just should not be on the books. It was put there a LONG time ago in most places, shortly after the introduction of the automobile. It seems that at one time in history there was quite the “to do” over who had the “right of way”, the car or the pedestrian. Hence, crosswalks and jaywalking laws. I figure that I’m a big boy. I know how to look both ways before I cross the street and I certainly don’t put myself or anyone else at risk when crossing in the middle of the block.
What I AM doing is saving a lot of time, which, in turn, makes me a lot of money. It can take me 10 minutes to walk to a crosswalk and wait and then walk back down the other side of the street, just to be able to look across and see where I was standing before I took the little jaunt. How does that make any sense? So, I simply look both ways, look for cops and then go for it. I can guarantee you that I’ve saved TONS of money and time by doing this. I haven’t hurt anyone in the process and IF I ever get ticketed for jaywalking, it will have been well worth the minimal cost.
So, what bugs you? What rules would you like to break? I know that every person has at least one rule that they think is ridiculous or that gets in their way. If it’s a rule that will not hurt someone else or yourself by breaking it or bending it, then why not do it? Try it. It’s quite liberating and it is breaking nonsense rules like these that are my way of “sticking it to the man”.