No, I’m not talking about a new 3G iPad. I’m talking about a gift that cannot be purchased in a store, a gift that has no monetary value, yet is priceless.

I’m talking about your freedom. Most of us have spent 2010 (and many years preceding that) working a job. Be it a good job or a lousy job, we were working for someone else. Is there security in this? Some would say yes. Is there freedom in this? I would say absolutely not.

As employees we are at the mercy of our employers. We come in when they say we have to, we go home when they say it’s time, and we eat lunch in the time they allot us.

I’m not here to start a revolt against the institution of corporate America, but I am here to voice my extreme distaste for the traditional 9 to 5 mentality.

The holidays are a time to spend with our loved ones and a time to reflect on our lives. How have we spent the last 365 days of our time on earth?

Have we wasted 260 days reporting to a job we can’t stand? I feel like the answer is probably a resounding yes!

Make 2011 Count

So what do we have to look forward to in 2011? Another year of grinding out your paycheck and wishing you were elsewhere?

Does it have to be that way? Of course not. Will the vast majority of workers continue doing what they’re doing? Yes. That doesn’t mean you have to be one of them!

So, the best present given for Christmas (or Hanukkah) this year will be from you to you. It will be in the form of committing to make a change in your life that will allow you to realize your passion and then begin living it.

Personally, I can think of no greater gift that to be able to earn enough money doing what I absolutely love and being able to walk away from my job. There is an incredible amount of gratification in being able to wake up with purpose and live your life on your own terms.

So, let’s decide that 2011 will be the year of great changes. This is the year that we decide that we’ve had enough of the grind. This is the year we take back our freedom!!

I look forward to an amazing and prosperous 2011 and I hope you’re all with me!!

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