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Own Your Own Future

Joseph Tom Riach – Author of successful living books and mystery novels, vivid views of life and business

by Joseph Tom Riach


is the 3rd of twelve articles for light holiday reading in my 2020 series of  Tom's Summer Shorts. The tales are a blend of my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories. My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.


   In order to own your own future you must become your own boss and work for yourself. There is no other way.

  Sure there are those of you who work for corporations, companies and employers who enjoy varying degrees of autonomy - but none of you decide exactly what work you will do, when and where you will do it and how much you will be remunerated for your efforts. And these four factors –

   * Choice    * Time    * Location    and    * Reward

   – are what determine whether it is you or someone else who owns your future.

   Look at it this way, would you in life generally :

   Accept a life in which you had no say over what you could or could not do each day?


   Be happy to be instructed as to what your actions should or should not be?

   Do you understand that time, as in real life time, is your most precious asset? Why would you give it away to a third party or tolerate being told when and how you must use it? Why would you exchange it for a paltry financial return fixed by another party and never remotely close to its real value? … time is in fact invaluable.

   Why would you accept rewards, usually just material and therefore largely worthless, which fall far below your own valuation of your own self worth and your expectation of what you deserve from life?

   The answers to all those questions should be the same resounding - “I would not accept that!”

   So, if you would not accept those criteria in your life generally then why accept them in your place of work? And it is only by rejecting them in your working life that you can ensure that you enjoy the freedom of choice, use of your own time and reward for your efforts that you demand from life generally.

   Only as your own boss setting the working conditions that suit you and meet your own requirements as regards choice, self-determination and the rewards of quality life as well as material gain, can you be sure to experience in life generally all the happiness and joy which is your birthright.

   Only when fully in control of your choices, your time and your rewards can you truly control your life and all that results in it.

   Only then can you own your own future.

 I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal. 

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OWN YOUR OWN FUTURE  is an original copyright Tom Riach feature.
I hope you enjoyed this Summer Short and found it to be of value.
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See you there! Regards, Tom.

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  • If more people had your persecptive, Tom, then they would empower themselves to create their own best opportunity! Thank you for your powerful thoughts!
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    Woohoo keeping it real and telling the truth Tom. I agree with you on all the points you made.
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