Ratliff Rants

Various rants on lifestyle, people, health, and politics…

Tag: 4 hour workweek

Life Isn’t A Race To The Finish Line

“I’ve gotta paint my house.” (do you? or do you just need something to do?)

“We’ve gotta get these bushes out of the backyard by Fall.” (we do?  last time I checked, we can always do it next year)

“I’ve gotta pull an all-nighter just to get this done on time.” (really?  did you fuck up the management of your time to begin with?  or are you going for ‘status symbol’ here?)

Jesus people.

If you keep running towards the ‘finish line’ of life, when do you stop to catch your breath?  And why is it we attach some fucked up status symbol for ‘sacrificing’ so much of our lives to get things done?


Who really cares that you work 80 hours a week doing a job that should only take you 30 hours a week to complete (yet you, for some fucked up reason, stretch it out to 80, then brag about it to your coworkers)?

Here’s a little insight, nobody really cares.  They are all too busy with their own lives to care about your all-nighter or 80-hour week.  People might give you a pat on the back of some sort, but at what expense?

Do you really lack self-confidence so much that you need those little, tiny “hoorays” to function in life?  (like the typical, ‘I need my 15 minutes of fame’ person the news media finds to interview when they bring you “live” to a scene)

So what do I mean by the title to this post?


Walk through your life…don’t run.  It never has been, and never will be about how much you get accomplished…rather it’s the quality of what you accomplish that matters.

We can get how much from anyone…are you willing to step up and offer us quality?


The Phone Rings…And You’re Probably Getting It

I’ll bet that if the phone rings while you’re reading this, you’ll run from here to that phone (or pick it up) and answer it, no matter what.

Ring ring!

But why?  Isn’t that what answering machines and voice mail are for?

Imagine if you were the one in control of your time, and didn’t have to run across your big house to get it…just to hear one of those annoying telemarketers on the other end.

I know there’s a such thing as caller-ID, but why run across your house to look?  Why not finish whatever it is that you’re doing…THEN answer the message you get on your machine or voice mail?

And before I hear a “But it’s rude not to answer the phone when it rings” or any thought that even comes close to resembling that…it isn’t.

So, I challenge you to turn your ringer off, and check voice mail (or your machine) when YOU want to…not because that ringing sound made you.

At first, it will be challenging, you think that there “could be an important call you’re missing.”

But I’m not asking you to NEVER answer your phone, just not on it’s command…instead on yours.  Even if the call is important, NOTHING is important enough to keep you running back and forth every time the phone rings.  (you’ll actually discover that 95 out of every 100 calls or so aren’t really that important at all)


The feeling of liberation you’ll feel  when you’re back in control of this part of your life will astound you.

So get to it…regain some control of your life.

One Of Life’s Most Powerful Questions…

Most people just surf through life like “drones”, doing whatever comes along, being “busy” for busy sake, and hating their jobs.

These people never ask an all-important question:


  • Why do they continue working at a job they hate, wasting their lives for the illusion of “retirement” (over 80% never have enough money to retire on to begin with).
  • Why do they work 40-plus hours a week for “status”?  (your sacrifice doesn’t even go noticed most of the time, and is expected the rest of the time)
  • Why do they “settle” at all?  (there is some quote out there that says what you settle for is what you get, no matter how bad it is, or something like that)
  • Why do they allow other people to control their time?  (if you don’t control your time, someone else will do it for you)
  • Why, if other people are controlling their time, do they complain about being so “busy”, when it was their choice to allow other people to control their time to begin with?  (you know, you can say no right? It’s ok)
  • And on, and on…

We all make conscious choices that allow our lives to be shaped, when we slow down or stop making those choices…outside influences do that for us…and we have to live with the consequences.

So start choosing to live, always ask “why?”, and enjoy your 70 or so trips around the sun.

It’s Not How Much Work You Do…

It’s the quality of what you put out that counts…period.

Personal sacrifice, working for work’s sake, putting in 70 hour weeks…what idiot thought of those ideas?

Who came up with the labor law that says you MUST work 40 hours a week to be “full-time”?  And for that matter, who REALLY works ALL 40 of those hours in a week?  (be honest with yourself if you think you actually do)

What.  The.  Hell?

There’s no doubt we live in a society where “how many hours a week” is some sort of status symbol (as artificial as that is, the company you work for doesn’t care about you).  We live in a society where “mass-produced” is the standard of quality for the most part (did you know there is an acceptable level of deaths from food poisoning for some establishments?).

I say we turn the tables as a society.

Focus on the quality of  the relationships we have, the quality of the work we put out (I am not suggesting you get yourself into trouble, so use your own judgment), and the quality of life we build for ourselves.

Retirement is almost a myth folks, quit working so hard towards an “end” that may not exist (something like 80% + don’t have enough to retire on any how, so why work so hard for that?).

Instead, take time for the person that really matters, you.

It’s not how hard or how much you work…it’s how smart and how much leverage you generate with quality work that counts.

Think about that today…and make more time for you.

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