Family and Friends
Considerations for family & friends when downshifting
To some, this page may seem either the obvious or not necessary. I believe it firmly is something you must think seriously about.
It is imperitive that your partner is solidy behind you in
But it's your partner who will be faced with having to do more work both in the workplace and at home and it's their shoulder you're going to lean on when things aren't going quite to plan.
Although I believe that kids should be understanding of their parents needs, it is not always so, especially teenagers who are demanding of the latest Playstation game, the rip roaring highly graphical PC and £200 plus birthday and Christmas presents !
You have to face the reality that one day you're a highly paid manager or something else and the next day you're on your own and possibly 'the eccentric who lives next door'.
The family are going to have a new lifestyle around your dream, so you must make it their dream as well. Be positive and wherever possible share with them the planning and projects.
In 99% of family situations, the kids owe you one ! This is pay back time !
One dead cert way of saving money is by not socialising so much (presuming you do) and your friends are going to notice this. Some will feel sorry for you and buy the drinks, but that's not what it's about.
Don't see these things as negative. See them as positive because it'll sort out your true friends and those true friends will be the one's to help you out now and again. A bit like Tom and Barbara on the 'Good Life' TV show. They think you're mad - but they love you !
Will any change affect my
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. Dalai Lama
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