The Vicious Cycle of a Rat Race – And Ways to Escape

The proverbial Rat Race is a never ending dead-end job, always promising for a better salary or position, as you slave through the hours hoping for a brighter future that never seems to happen just yet. It is as if the boss is always dangling a carrot in front of you, so close yet you will never be able to catch it simply because the boss never wants to in the first place.

Do you feel like a donkey chasing a dangling carrot?

Do you feel like a donkey chasing a dangling carrot?

Does this mean you will never reach the position and the salary you have been dreaming of? Not necessarily, it is certainly possible to achieve aspiration in the work place. But it may take a long time, hours, days, months and even years sacrificing your time and quality of life.

At What Cost?

All the years of toiling to achieve your goals will probably come at a great cost:

  • You will hardly have any quality time with your family. You may miss your child’s birthday, family gatherings, major events, funeral, etc. It is normal that as you go up the position ladder, your salary increased by a smidgen, your responsibility quadrupled, and the next thing you know you do not have much time to spend with your family.
  • To scale up the corporate ladder, it is inevitable that somebody has to be pushed out of your way. You may have to lose good friends who happen to vie for the same top position that you are tussling for. Your sense of moral goes out of the window as you resort to snake and weasel your way to the top. Only to find that you are alone after trampling many people along the way to the top.
  • Disillusionment and regret for not spending more time for your family and love one after all the years.

Make plans to escape the rat race early

So what can be done to escape these vicious and unforgiving rat race? You might say that you don’t know what else to do or you cannot afford to quit your job as you need to pay the bills. Yes, your situation is understandable. You might be making just enough to pay the bills and you are immune and used to the long hours of working for now. But maybe deep in your heart, you might be asking how long more you can endure your dreaded job.

Plan Your Escape Route

Plan Your Escape Route

The best thing that you can do is plan your escape route. Start to find other alternatives, do your research, make your preparation and take ACTION on your plan.

Find outside incomes or make money outside of working hours

There are many ways that you can do to slowly get out of the rat race. One of the common thing to do is finding other source of incomes, or make money outside of your working hours. Examples are:

  • Selling INSURANCE (Life, medical, etc.) you’d be surprised that a lot of people still doesn’t own an insurance or the appropriate one to cover for themselves
  • Promote and sell Network Marketing products. Choose the best and most trusted company e.g. AMWAY, Shaklee etc.
  • Become a part time REAL ESTATE agent
  • Open up a STALL at the flea market on the weekend
  • Open a KIOSK selling merchandise or snacks in a mall. You may hire a staff to operate for you
  • And so many more. Just do your research


Some of you might say that you don’t have time for all these. Maybe because you usually come late at home, or your family needs you at home after working, or whatever it may be. If that is the case, work from home job or business is the best path for you.

Work from home job

This is the most straightforward work home job you can do. You can use your passion or specific skills to make some money. Work from HomeFor example, if you are good at making handicraft, you can sell it at the local market and also promote and sell it online on eBay, Amazon, Etsy etc. Are you good at translating or writing? Maybe you can trade your skill for money at freelance site, such as elance.com or fiverr.com.


Work from Home Business and Make Money Online – Leveraging the Power of the Internet!

In the long term, this is probably the best way to escape the rat race in the long term. Millions of people are literally on the net everyday looking for service to solve their problems and products that makes their life easier and more convenient. If you have a specific skill or service that you have to offer, the internet is a great way to promote your service to people and if you have a product, instead of selling locally, your market is basically the whole world.

The Whole World is Your Market

The Whole World is Your Market

But what if you do not have a specific skill for service or any products at all?

Not a problem, there are a lot of companies that could use some help to promote and sell their products.

This can be done through having a blog that gives reviews on products or just simply having an online shop on a specific market niche.



Home Online Business Basics – Have Your Own Website

To have your own online business, the first thing you must have is having your own website.

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Having an online business of your own and make money online is a great way to slowly escape the rat race. However, there will be a learning process and if you decide to do learn by yourself alone, it will be a long road and not without failing from trial and error before you can succeed.WA logo1

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I made my mistake going alone previously, and Wealthy Affiliate helps to guide me on the right track for online business success. Wealthy Affiliate provides extensive training on how to start your online business the right way and by the end of the course, you will have fully functional and potentially profitable website. You will also be a very skilled internet marketer with all the tools to successfully make money online. You can read my full review on Wealth Affiliate here.

I hope my short article here helps you in pointing the right direction in your journey to escape the rat race.

Path to Online Business Success

Path to Online Business Success

If you have any questions at all, just leave a comment below or contact me at my Wealthy Affiliate profile. I am always ready to help.



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The Vicious Cycle of a Rat Race – And Ways to Escape
In this article, the author explain the cost of a seemingly never ending cycle of a rat race and suggested ways on what can be done to prepare to get out of the vicious cycle of a rat race.


I decided to start my own online business so that I can escape the rat race that I am in. Things are really progressing well and it is just a matter of time before I can be finally free from my 9-5 job. With ratracebuster.com, I hope I can help other people to escape or avoid the rat race through learning the online business and other legitimate opportunity in the online world. I will be reviewing products, sharing discussions, and blog about my online business ventures as well.


  1. Hi Dominic, I share your feelings regarding the rat race & needing a way out. Your article is well presented & I’m sure many will get plenty from it & the the rest of your site.

    • Thank you very much Jaytech for stopping by. Yes, this site is especially dedicated to my fellow friends who are stuck in a rat race and wanting to find a way out.


  2. We are all looking for an escape from the “rat race”. In your article you mentioned promoting and selling products for other companies. Can you elaborate on this…which companies and how do you sign up to sell their products? This is something I am currently exploring. What are your recommendations?

    • Hi Brenda, in my article what I was trying to say was instead of trying to sell or promote your own “products” or “service”, you can otherwise promote and sell other companies’ products and received commission out of it. Depending on your interest and what you like to promote, many companies offer affiliate program for you to help them to promote. The biggest affiliate program is I would say Amazon but the commisions can be really small. If you can go to a specific company direct, you may be able to get a better commision rate. Wealthy Affiliate online training program will help you to learn everything that you need to know on this subject matter and more.

  3. Hello, I love your site and can totally relate! I use to work in a corporate environment for years and have to say that felt like a race that I desperately wanted out of! I have been working online now for a 1 1/2 years with Wealthy Affiliate’s help and I love it! Best thing I ever did!

    • I am really happy that somebody can really relate to what I have to say on my site. Just like you, Wealthy Affiliate is also the best thing that ever happens to me, and loving it

  4. Hi Dlansing – Great post. It always amazes me how people can work 40 – 50 hours per week for 40 – 50 years so they can just survive. Yet as soon as you show them something like Wealthy Affiliate they run to the hills and hide in their storm shelter.
    You have highlighted all the reasons for not having a full time job and all the reasons for having a part time online business yet people will think the latter and not the former is the scam – Bonkers.
    Great post

    • Thank you very much Mark for your comment. That is so true Mark. In this world where you have a lot choice and opportunity, I can’t really understand too why one would continue to be a slave to an unsatisfying job and merely just surviving to make ends meet. Most of them would be looking for a quick rich solution when in reality anything worth doing needs a lot of work and sacrifice. Wealthy affiliate (WA) provides the opportunity and window to many possibilities online, but like you said, there are just too many skeptics around, even though a legitimate opportunity is right in front of your eyes!

  5. Hi Dominic,

    Your site looks great and your niche is very interesting.
    So many people (myself included) are dreaming to get out of this system and be free.

    The articles you posted especially the reviews are so nicely done and with enough substance to keep your readers interested.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Hi there rule2020, thank you so much for your compliment. This post is mainly written to express my views and maybe provide some suggestion on how we can escape. If you have other ideas or suggestions, I would be more than happy share them as well.

  6. Oh the rat race – I’ve most definitely been there I’m afraid. My way out was the option to work online ( like you’ve covered here in this article! ). It’s not bringing me huge amounts of money yet but it is getting me away from the office job! Your site looks great – can I ask if you are seeing much success working online?

    • Hi Chris, it’s good to know that you’ve been there. I must say that I am still not entirely escape the rat race but I believe I am getting there. With regards to sucees online, I think success is relative and subjective. I think I’m kinda successful in learning and implementing many of the basics of online marketing. If you mean by making money online, not so much but I hope it will improve with time. However, I am already starting to make good money on the offline side of internet marketing. I can’t thank enough to Wealthy Affiliate for making this a reality 🙂

  7. Love your header, very cool.
    I agree that escaping the rat race by setting up an online business is a great idea. There are very few, if any, businesses which offer the potential that an online business does for the level of capital required. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the best method I’ve come across to make that happen.

    • Thanks Deb, glad to know that you like my header lol! Yes, you are right over there. An online business is definitely a great platform to escape the rat race madness. With so many niche market yet to be untapped, the possibilities are endless I must say. Just as you said it, Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best platform if not the best place, to start doing online marketing business the right way.

  8. Great site! and great topic.

    There are many many many different ways of escaping the rat race. No 1 is of course to work for yourself, and if you can gain a residual income (had one of those for 6 years now! nice investment! continue rest of my life!)

    Residual income is nothing new, been around for hundreds of years, in fact almost a millenium! Shakespear and Cerveantes gained a residual income from their books and plays, as did Beethoven from his music. Nowadays much easier and more common with the power of the internet.

    Nice alternative, also is to work online, even teacher these days teach online from home!

    • Hi Derek, great to hear that one of your invesment has work well for you, well done!

      In this day and age where almost everyone is online in one or another, setting-up an online business is the way to go to break out from the vicious cycle of the rat race.

      Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  9. Clearly, being in a “rat-race” situation, be it a dead-end job or anther long-lived negative aspect of life, can be very demoralizing. You have provided a number of alternative ways to earn additional income. Indeed, this is one solution to the problem. Another equally important step is to make a change in one’s thinking. Focus on what you want and visualize it. Take concrete steps toward it. And take short-term breaks for meditation or helping others. This can do a work of difference for attitude adjustment.

    • Hi Mike, thanks for adding another input on what it takes to be successful in anything we want. It is the willingness to change your thinking to possibilities and positiveness. And then it should be followed by a pure focus on what you do and what you want to achieve. Learning how to visualize will help greatly in strengthening our believe system. Of course, we do need to take a break every now and then to refresh our mind and focus. Great addition Mike and thanks again for sharing :-

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