3 mins
January 24, 2023

Here’s How I Made My 9-5 Optional

Here’s How I Made My 9-5 Optional

Take back control of your time with one simple but transformative practice.

There are few feelings worse than being stuck. And when you feel stuck with a 9-5 job because you don’t think you have other options, it’s difficult to enjoy your work or your life. 

I know this feeling, because I experienced it for many years. It’s not that I hated my job, it’s just that I hated feeling like I had no other choice than to work long hours and keep climbing the corporate ladder.

But with time and commitment to building passive income streams, I was able to reach the point where my 9-5 was optional. It wasn’t always easy, but the process itself was simple, and I’m confident you can do it too. 

To make my 9-5 optional, I merely created more time. Here’s what I mean:

Focus on Winning Your Mornings

For years, I maintained a singular focus: to make the most of my mornings. While the rest of the world was sleeping or getting ready for the day, I carved out three hours where I was laser-focused on working to build the life I dreamed of. 

The math is simple:

  • 3 hours per day x 5 days per week = 15 hours per week
  • 15 hours per week x 50 weeks = 750 hours per year 
  • 750 hours / 24 hours per day = 31.25 days per year

Essentially, by optimizing just the first three hours of my day, I was adding a whole additional month to my year. 

What Would You Do With an Extra Month?

Once you understand that it’s possible to change your life with just three hours a day, you also need to make sure you’re spending those hours wisely. 

With my mornings, I chose to focus on three specific things:

  1. Acquiring specific knowledge
  2. Purchasing tangible assets
  3. Building new relationships

Each of these three things is important, and you need each one in order to become a successful investor. If you spend all your time learning but never take the leap to invest, you won’t see any results. But if you dive headfirst into investing without acquiring knowledge and building a network of resources, you’re unlikely to see the results you’re hoping for.

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Find Motivation in the Life You Dream Of

I’m convinced that it’s possible for you to build your ideal life, but it will not happen overnight. 

I spent nearly a decade focusing on winning my mornings. I was able to keep this commitment up because I set specific and achievable goals for myself. And when I didn’t feel motivated to keep going, I made sure to always remind myself of what I was working toward. 

Over time, winning my mornings allowed me to see the following changes in my life:

As my passive income increased, I was less dependent on my 9-5 for income.

As the pressure to earn more at work decreased, I felt freer to spend more time with my family.

As my personal life improved, I found myself enjoying my job more. 

And as I saw these results, I became more confident in my own ability to invest wisely and take back control of my life.

This is why I like to focus on making your 9-5 optional, rather than teaching people how to quit their jobs. Maybe you will eventually decide you don’t want to work anymore. But for many of us, work is a source of fulfillment or even enjoyment. And when you’re working out of choice, instead of obligation, I believe you’ll enjoy your job even more.

If you’re interested in learning more about First Generation Capital Partners’ direct investment opportunities can help you make your 9-5 optional, I’d love to connect with you. Please fill out this form to get in touch. 

January 24, 2023
Billy Keels