What is the Rat Race and How to Get Out of it

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How to Get Out of The Rat Race

Escaping the Rat Race

If you are not building a residual income, in some ways, you are in a rat race. The best interest of corporate America or the corporate world, is to keep you in that rat race performing so that they can profit from your efforts. In this post I will first define this vicious cycle, the rat race and then talk about how you can get out of it (and why you really should want to).

Meet John.. John is in the rat race

I have a good friend, lets say his name is John. John, like many, went through a lot of struggles and even was working multiple jobs at one point just a couple years ago until he found a job with a consulting company. Last year John crushed his sales quota and was the top salesman in his category worldwide making close to $200,000 for the year! Sounds awesome right? Here’s the catch, this year his quota has been increased, if he wants a promotion he has to move and coming off his awesome year his salary is already down almost $20,000 unless he reaches his huge quota THIS year. That, my friends, is a rat race.

Get Out of the Rat RaceSome Get Killed in the Rat Race

Meet my other friend, lets say his name is Allan. Allan is one of the best guys I have ever met, true and loyal and also, a great salesman. Allan started working for an equipment rental company and took over an area and just started crushing it. In that company salespeople are designated by physical area. Well, when the boss sees how well this AREA (he saw it as a good area vs my friend being a great salesperson), he splits the area in two, gives the part with the majority of sales to his son and gives my friend the crappies part, of course, keeping the same sales quota. When Allan doesn’t hit the quota, he is fired. Another story of a great employee wrongfully let go.

Even Non Sales People Are in the Rat Race

The better and more capable of an employee you are, the more is expected of you. Sometimes the worst thing that can happen, long term, is to get a raise or promotion. The securing of that raise or promotion can have you forced to work longer hours and miss the truly important things in life. NO AMOUNT OF SALARY IS WORTH MISSING IMPORTANT FAMILY MOMENTS. You can never get back the time you missed out on taking your kids to school, watching their soccer, football or cheerleader practice, those are gone forever and when you get to the end of your days you will NEVER wish you would have worked on that company project longer or tried to do better at work.

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How to Get Out of the Rat Race

You may be making a ton of money but if you are not creating a residual income, you are going to keep working for years if not decades the same or more amount of hours, everyday, trading dollars for hours. You can build a residual income extremely part time by just following a small set of instructions:

1. Find a leader you like and learn from them how you can build a residual income.

2. Have a vehicle to introduce people to that will also help them create cashflow

3. Have a set amount of people you introduce it to on a daily basis (if you are working 90 hours a week, just show 3 people per day)

4. Have your leader train those new people for you and help them.

Slowly build that residual income, don’t make any rash decisions like quitting too early, and chip away. This is a long term process and decision but if you think about it, so is slaving away for someone else. The alternative to NOT doing this will have you missing even more time away from loved ones and running into scenarios such as Allan and John. I hope this helps some of you understand and realize that it doesn’t take a miracle to get out of the rat race and if you look back over the last 2 years, would you trade an hour a day back then had you built a $5,000-$10,000 a month residual income? I bet you would =)

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  1. says

    Great post as always. I worked so hard in Corporate America after earning my MBA to move up then when I was struck with illness my company, that I worked so hard for didn’t even hold my job. I was working 90 hours a week and teaching part time at a University. Missing family fuctions, time with my daughter and not to mention hurting my health but I thought “I had made it.” Boy was I mistaken. So glad that someone introduced me to Network Marketing and that there are leaders like you that teach others how to be successfull. Sadly most people will never have the courage to get out of the “rat race.”

  2. says


    Awesome article! I think many people view the rat race as people who are just struggling financially…and while this is certainly the case for millions of individuals, it isn’t just the financial struggle that can cause burdens.

    When I talk with people, I like to make sure they KNOW that I am invested in helping them accomplish THEIR goals…whether that be more money, more time with family, and for 90% of prospects escaping the rat race plays into that.

    Love the steps you have outlined…simple, concise, & easy to follow. If people will take calculated action then they have the opportunity to escape!

  3. says

    Another example of how, no matter how hard you work for someone else, you are expendable. We’re glad you found a BETER and more rewarding WAY Yalsa. You’re awesome 😀

  4. says

    I can relate to Allan’s story in a way Ray. I worked for a recycling company several years ago and when the owner learned I was a good salesman he decided to have me drum up some new business…but at the hourly wage I was being paid instead of salary plus commission. In a short period, I added over $250,000 in new business to his books. I tried talking to him about compensation and he laughed it off. I explained to him that essentially for hundreds of dollars you just acquired hundreds of thousands of residual business and you’re not willing to compensate? He said, “Yep, it’s great isn’t it?” That was the end of our relationship, I fired him on the spot and had another job within days. This is a company I worked my butt off for and this is all too common. I hear stories like this all the time. Don’t be the next victim, get out of the rat race people.

  5. says

    Thanks Shane, I’m so glad to but often feel sad that a company I worked so hard for for so many years had no regard for me, then I realize that they needed to get a job done to ensure profits.

  6. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this scenerio. Totally makes sense to get out and forge a beter future for oneself and family. Unfortunately I jumped out of my JOB too early, but now I am on the right track to building a residual income with leaders that don’t mind giving essentials of success to others, you included.

  7. Murray Beaulieu says

    Your stuff is consistently good, Ray. Keep up the good work- from a guy mired in the rat race

  8. says

    Stop eating cheese indeed. It’s really crazy how you can LITERALLY create a very nice income for yourself in 3 years, where as you couldn’t do that in your regular job. If people would just stay in the game longer, they would NEVER have to re-enter the rat race! Great post!

  9. says

    Even if you own your own business, you are still in the rat race. For example, I have a successful School Psychology Consulting Business. I can set my own hours. I'm available if the family needs me. But, if I don't work, I don't get paid. I can't say enough about Network Marketing.

  10. says


    Another great post bro. I see people all the time who believe they have it made in the corporate world until the they get that dreaded tap on the shoulder. If they would’ve created a residual income for themselves that tap wouldn’t seem so bad because they have something to fall back on.

    You speak the truth in your post keep’em coming!

    -Antwuan Bell

  11. says

    If you are not earning some type of residual, you are still in fact in a rat race. Just because you have a great paying job doesn’t mean that it will be there tomorrow. But beyond that, why would you NOT want to create a secondary source of income, doing something that you would enjoy, anyway? Not sure.

    Great explanation. Hopefully this will help some get a grasp on this idea.

  12. says

    "A rat race is for rats. We are not rats. We are human beings. Reject the insidious pressures of society that would blunt your critical faculties to all the happenings around you that would caution silence in the face of injustices lest you jeopardize your changes of promotions and self advancement. This is how it starts and before you know where you are you are a fully-paid up member of the rat pack. The price is too high. It entails a loss of your dignity and human spirit." Jimmy Reid.

    The time's going to pass anyway, so may as well build up that residual income =).

    Great post as always Ray!

  13. says

    Ray, this is a great post! I think one of the biggest problems is that people do not think of it this way. When you are running on that wheel and making progress in your career it feels good. But as you said, that is what they want you to do in the corporate world. How many people were blind sided in the past 5 years?

    Thanks for your insight. Well said.

  14. says

    Greetings Ray!!

    The more I listen to you (and read your articles) the clearer things get. I’m starting a new Networking Marketing venture again and this time I won’t give up!

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