Here’s a favourite inspirational read of mine. You would find it in my rainbow bookcase if you rummaged. It’s a keeper. ‘One Red Paperclip’ tells the story of how, in fourteen successive swaps over a year, Kyle MacDonald traded one ordinary paperclip for a house. Not one for his model railway or dollies but a proper sized joint for him and his girlfriend to live in.
Why do I like this One Red Paperclip? Well, it inspires me to think beyond conventional ways of working and investing. Perhaps the education, financial and social system has conditioned me to maintain the status quo. This guy’s story helps me to see that there are other ways of acquiring what I need and want.
I’ve recently made the decision to retire and take my NHS pension early. It’s not going to be a fortune but it will pay my share of the bills. But in order to afford treats and travel I’m still going to have to work in some capacity. And there lies the conundrum. Do I work on the NHS bank for a couple of days a week which will bring in a solid dependable income? Or do I try my hand at some unconventional side hustles?
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