5/12/2009 3:18:28 AM
reset my mind about how to look at "jobs" and "expense"
At the first stage of the game, the event of "out of job" is a big threat to the accumulation of cash and thus the opportunity to catch the good passive income opportunities. And it is true that job comes and goes and you don't really have much power to control it because you are not the decision maker. After playing this game for a while, I become more aware of the risk of unemployment. I think I could handle it with peace if it ever come to me because I realized that it's not rare at all. And in order to achieve real financial security, I need to get out of employment valuntaryly by owning my business or asset that provide cash inflow.
Another insight I get from the game is that during unemployment, the expense level is just so crucial for survival. I know I hate to "have kid" and "buy fancy TV" in the game, and although i can't do the exact same in my real life, I have definitely gain another perspective about such "good" things. I don't talk about this idea to a lot of people because it may easily make other think I'm stingy (Robert, do you have a way to talk to your friend about expense saving?). But I'm definitely enjoying the expense saving game in my real life and the challenge is actually quite fun!
I have my own cash flow game in real life with the help of spreedsheets. I do personal accounting recheck on the first day of every month and I also have a progress bar about financial freedom. The percentage of completion is still very low, but I'm glad to see at least i'm among the top 10% of the people around that have some passive income.