The Voluntary Life: 216 Financial Independence Strengthens Your Moral Backbone

3 August 2015

216 Financial Independence Strengthens Your Moral Backbone


A listener shared these reflections with me:

"I like to think I'm a moral person but many times in my career (and in the careers of friends), I've been forced to choose between unethical behavior and possibly losing my job.  I handled this on a case by case manner, where I had to weight the importance of the unethical behavior, the likelihood of me being punished, the odds of me successfully elevating the issue to a superior, how much the unethical behavior would actually hurt the injured party, etc.  In other words, my response was ambiguous and led to a lot of sleepless nights."

The listener went on to explain that achieving financial independence strengthened his or her moral backbone and make it easier to say no to bad people at work. This is a brilliant insight and highlights one of the great benefits of financial independence. In this week's podcast episode I share some suggestions about how you can use entrepreneurship, extreme saving and unjobbing to make it easier for you to do the right thing.

Listen to Episode 216 (10 mins)


1 comment:

  1. This is a great point, Jake. I would add that financial independence allows one to be more vocal in questioning all decisions at work, including actions that may not be morally or ethically problematic but are perhaps politically unpopular or in opposition to a boss. The irony, I think, is that this seeming audacity actually makes one a better employee by allowing for productive dissent that might not be vocalized if the employee were living paycheck to paycheck and unwilling to have any potential confrontation with a colleague or superior.

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