- As a kid, my dad told me to think of my ideal lifestyle then work backwards to find a job I want.
- I thought I had my ideal life with a fast-paced corporate job, but it became toxic.
- I dreamed up an ideal life — with more time for family — then quit my job and started a business.
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My dad, a fourth-generation Kansas rancher, shared some simple money tips with me as a kid that I’ve relied on again and again over the years. One tip was to figure out what kind of lifestyle you want and work backwards from there to find a job you actually want to to do.
For several years after graduate school, I worked at a breakneck speed, hoping my corporate job and salary would afford the lifestyle I wanted. The work was really fast-paced and fun for a while. I…