Inspiration, Intention, Action - The ADHD Project Newsletter 6/10

Inspiration, Intention, Action - The ADHD Project Newsletter 6/10

  • Is 9-5 Dead?: This week we start a thought-provoking series on "Moving Past the 9-to-5 Mindset." Let's explore what it means to live and work in a way that truly aligns with our values, especially for those of us navigating life with ADHD.....Keep Scrolling to Read the Full Newsletter

  • Podcast Update - Our latest episode "What's My Job Again?" is out now! Click here to check out Episode 6 and learn about fun and interesting jobs you never knew existed! Reminder: we'll be taking a summer vacation break and there will be no new episode this week, we will resume our usual schedule as normal on 6/25.

  • LAST CHANCE FOR 50% OFF WEBINAR TICKETS! We've extended our deal to give you one last chance to get 50% OFF on your June "Building Effective Habits for ADHD" webinar tickets when you spend $29 or more on other items. NO COUPON NEEDED! Just click here, add eligible items to cart and the discount will automatically apply at checkout.

Is 9-5 Dead?

Have you ever stopped to question why almost everyone believes a successful life is built around a 9-to-5 job? What if, instead of spending nearly half of our waking hours confined within office walls, we could spend that time on family, creativity, education, sports, or travel? Imagine a life where your work complements your passions rather than consuming them. It sounds far-fetched these days, because it challenges the traditional work structure. The reality is that there are more options than ever before to integrate work into our lives in a more meaningful way.

The traditional 9-to-5 job is often seen as the secure, stress-free, all-in-one life solution—promising everything from health insurance to retirement income. The problem is that in 2024, this promise falls short of reality. WAY short. With stagnant wages, lack of fulfillment, and little personal freedom, the typical work environment is failing to meet the needs of today's workforce, particularly those of us with ADHD who may require more flexibility and creative freedom than a standard office job can give.

The 9-5 model upholds the idea that success and fulfillment come from sticking to the same one-size-fits-all career path as everyone else. But does it really suit everyone? For many of us with creative and dynamic minds, a rigid schedule can feel more like a cage than a pathway to freedom. The idea that a 9-5 job is the ultimate goal is simply outdated and doesn’t take into account the many evolving ways in which people can find not only their needs met, but get satisfaction and personal happiness.

Imagine that, finding a way to work that actually makes you happy?

The concept of a fixed 40-hour workweek as a necessity for a stable life is should be called into question. In today’s world, flexible work arrangements and the gig economy offer viable alternatives that give more than just financial stability and personal contentment. These options allow for a more individual approach to building a career, one that can be adjusted to meet your unique needs and lifestyle.

Transitioning from trading time for money to leveraging time and money can significantly change your life's direction, as it has mine. The old model of clocking in and out holds us back from participating in a highly leveraged economic environment where investments, passive income, and smarter financial planning can free us to live more fully. Finding opportunities that allow our money to grow and work for us is crucial in an era where traditional saving methods no longer work to achieve financial independence.

From my time as a financial advisor, I learned that blindly sticking with old strategies in a rapidly changing world sets us up for failure. We must be adaptable, willing to change our minds, update our financial and career strategies to meet the world around us. This means looking beyond conventional employment and considering alternative ways to generate income and build a future for yourself.

As we continue this series, think about your current work-life balance and consider this question: In a perfect world, what changes you would make to align your life more closely with your true values and passions?

It’s not about simply rejecting the 9-to-5; it’s about embracing the idea that our lives should be celebrations of our unique personalities, values, and aspirations. As we continue, we'll explore this idea and practical steps you can take to begin this journey.

Thank you for joining me on this path to reimagining our work and lives. Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome as we explore these possibilities together.

To a more fulfilling life beyond the 9-to-5,

Aaron Frank
Founder, The ADHD Project

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