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The Moral Case for Working Less

This young man, who worked his way up from blue- to white-collar work, decided a few years ago to become an independent consultant. He takes work at his set rate, only on projects he likes, and never works more than 20 hours a week. The rest of his waking hours are spent volunteering, traveling, and contributing to social causes.

Is this a viable work model? Or did the kid just get VERY lucky with his career path?

I'm left wondering how he handles health insurance and retirement, but otherwise he seems content to work this way.

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by Anonymousreply 1May 24, 2023 3:43 PM

It's not "lucky" so much as a combination of strong skills and having made a sufficient name for himself to find clients and people willing to pay him to do work for them. He has the combination of work ethic, skills, and ability to sell work that makes it a viable option for him.

Not everyone has the right combination of skills. Even if they do, having made contacts and connections that allow you to get hired for work is also necessary.

So no. He wasn't "lucky," but at the same time, not everyone could do what he's doing.

by Anonymousreply 1May 24, 2023 3:43 PM
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