What Would You Do If You Didn’t Have To Work?

what would you do if you didn't have to work
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What would you do if you didn’t have to work, or do anything?

If you didn’t have to have a job to pay the bills.

If you didn’t have to spend all your time looking after your kids.

And if money was plentiful; not something you ever have to consider.

I say the phrase “have to” relatively loosely, because I don’t necessarily believe that any of us have to do anything. We wake up each day and make choices, which we then live with.

But my partner and I were discussing this yesterday.

We were talking about people who have built multi-million dollar businesses, and then sold them for millions of dollars. And I was wondering what those people then do.

What do you do when this one thing has been your identity and your life for so long, and then suddenly you wake up one day, and it’s not?

I asked him what his price would be to sell his business, and that made me think about what that number is for me.

And I said to him, “but I have no idea what I would do if I sold my business… what would I do?!

This business—She Rose Revolution—has become a significant part of my world. So much of my time, energy, and money goes into growing and shaping it.

I have chosen to make it one of my biggest commitments; and if I’m being honest, it’s one of just two things I’ve heavily invested in over the past few years, along with my relationship with Sam.

She Rose Revolution is what I’m almost always thinking about; when I’m out walking, when I’m meditating, when I’m having sex. It has my whole heart, and it brings me so much joy and fulfilment watching it grow, as I lovingly tend to it.

I’m aware this is potentially unhealthy (balance is something I’m continually striving for); but at the same time, I know I’m here in this lifetime to build something big that empowers women worldwide. I won’t feel fulfilled if that doesn’t happen. And that requires devotion.

Maybe one day I’ll reach the point where I believe I’ve taken this as far as I can, and that it’s time to hand over the reigns to someone else. But even if that does happen, what will I do?

What will I do if I have enough money in the bank for a lifetime, and I don’t have to work anymore?

I’m sure I’ll find ways to fill my time in the first few weeks.

Writing. Devouring books that are waiting patiently on my to-read list. Cooking some delicious new recipes. Travelling to places I still haven’t managed to get to. De-cluttering, tidying, and re-decorating our home. Tending to the garden. Making homemade bath salts and teas. Practising more meditation and yoga.

But then what?

How will I make sure I’m fulfilled?

Because what I’m beginning to realise is, even if I didn’t have to do this work, I would still choose to. I would still want to.

If money was no longer a concern, you would still find me sitting here at 6AM each morning writing, and sharing my words. You would still find me mentoring women, and leading them back to their power. You would still find me using my time and energy to build and grow something that inspires and heals people.

Because this is what I’m here to do.

So I’ll ask you again; what would you do if you didn’t have to work?

What would you do if you didn’t have to do anything?

Would it be the thing you’re doing today, or would it be something wildly different?

Would you carry on working your job, because you actually love the routine it brings to your life? Or would you quit immediately and go travel the world?

Would you choose to spend more time with your loved ones, or would you hire help to give you more time for you?

Would you still be in the relationship you’re in, very much in love? Or would you realise the only thing keeping you together was comfort, and money?

Would you carry on building your business, because it’s what your soul came here to do? Or would you cash out, or leave it behind you, because money was your end goal?

There is no right or wrong, only choices. Choices that we each have to make that align with who we are, and what it is we want most from this experience.

And even if this is no more than hypothetical, it’s worth thinking about.

Because if what you’re doing today isn’t the same thing you’d be doing with millions of dollars to your name, then why are you doing it at all?

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