“The darkest hour in any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.” – Horace Greeley, Born Feb. 3, 1811.
Darkest hour, Horace? Money is an unnatural man-made invention. What about it should make one need to EARN it? As though it must be deserved before being acquired.
Personally, I spend time every damn day scheming on how to get more and more money with less and less work. I create value, sure. But once it's created, I just sell copies.
I MAYBE “earned” some money once. But the rest is more like asking. I ask for money. I don't mind asking.
I ask a lot of different people and make a lot of different offers. I don't often offer to DO stuff. Unless giving a download link counts. Still, that's a pretty low bar.
The thing is, the lazier I get, the more money I make, and the easier it gets to ask. There is no nobility in feeling that you must EARN money. You deserve what you want. Money is just paper. It's just a medium of exchange.
Care less about the money and about “earning” it. Think about how you will GET the money you need to acquire the things you ACTUALLY want.
And the number one thing I personally want is to not to need to waste the precious hours of my life “earning” little pieces of paper…
Do you suffer from the delusion that you must be worthy of a certain amount of money before you can get it? How about the things you would buy with it?
Let that bullshit go. It's just money. People will give it to you in trade for stuff they want. It's not an award. It's not a privilege. It's not a prize. It's just paper being traded around.
Go get some. As much as possible, for as little work as possible. Your time is better spent enjoying the “unfair” amount of money you didn't “earn” or “deserve”.
I promise when you are enjoying all the stuff you always wished you could buy, you won't feel bad in the slightest.
Especially if you deliver real value to people in exchange for the money those suckers worked way too hard to “earn”.
THAT is the darkest hour, Horace. When a man thinks he has to trade away the precious hours of his life trying to “earn” little pieces of paper, doing work he dislikes, for people he disdains.