Escaping the Rat Race

Does it ever seem like you’re in an endless cycle, like a hamster spinning aimlessly in its wheel, working so hard and not getting anywhere? The only way to stop is to get off the wheel! But how?

There are many ways to escape the rat race, and the best approach will vary depending on your individual circumstances and goals. Here are a few ideas:

Change your career

If you’re feeling stuck in a job you don’t enjoy, consider changing. Many resources are available to help you find a new, more fulfilling career.

Start your own business

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, starting your own business can be a great way to escape the rat race and be your own boss. However, it’s essential to research and create a solid business plan before you start.


Consider taking a trip if you’re looking for a break from the daily grind. Traveling can help you relax and recharge and expose you to new cultures and perspectives.


Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and make a difference in the world. It can also be a rewarding experience that can help you connect with others and find new meaning and purpose.

Spend more time with loved ones

One of the best ways to escape the rat race is to spend more time with the people you love. Make time for family and friends, and enjoy activities that you all enjoy together.

Here are some additional tips to prepare you as you plan to escape the rat race:

Set financial goals

Having clear financial goals can help you stay motivated and on track. Once you know what you’re working towards, you can start to make a plan to achieve it. If you don’t have a financial advisor or a retirement plan, you can contact our team for a free 15-minute intro call.

Live below your means

One of the best ways to save money is to live below your means. This means spending less money than you earn. There are many ways to do this, such as cooking at home instead of eating out, canceling unnecessary subscriptions, and shopping around for the best deals. To do this, you will need to have a budget. We recommend YNAB as an online budgeting tool.

Invest your money

Once you have some money saved, you can start to invest it. This can help your money grow over time. There are many different investment options available, so it’s essential to do your research and choose investments that are right for you. If your company offers a 401k and matching, make sure you are at least maxing out the match. A good goal is to set aside 15% of your paycheck toward your retirement and put the money into a 401k or an IRA.

Pay off debt

Having debt can be a significant financial burden. If you have debt, plan to pay it off as quickly as possible. This will free up more of your income to save and invest. Download our free guide to your first $100,000 in investable assets and our printable checklist here.

Escaping the rat race is not easy, but it is possible. By following these tips, you can create a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

One way to escape the rat race not mentioned above is to Retire. If you are in the process of preparing for retirement, we would love to help you plan and design the retirement of your dreams. Check out our podcast, “What are you retiring to?” which discusses the importance of preparing for retirement and finding purpose beyond work. It highlights the challenges empty nesters face, particularly moms who may have focused on raising their children and now are given a new opportunity to find meaning and purpose in something else. The conversation emphasizes the need to find meaning in retirement through hobbies, intellectual stimulation, and maintaining relationships. The host, Reid Trego, and guest, Tara Bruce, mention a Retire by Design Workshop series Tara is designing to help people navigate this stage of life.

Goodwin Investment Advisory offers a free second opinion on your retirement plan. If you schedule this call, you will speak with Tara to complete a quick assessment. If you have a growing portfolio of $300,000 or more and would like a second opinion, please schedule a call here. After the call, one of our advisors will follow up with you to share action items and the next best steps. If you are not ready yet and just want to subscribe to our blog, you can text BLOG to 66866 to join.

The information provided is general in nature and is for informational purposes only. Please contact us for any questions about the content above, or to discuss your specific situation.
By Published On: March 7th, 2024

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