Lanse is a loyal and hard-working computer software programmer of Intuit Inc., one of Forbes Global 2000′ companies. He is in-charge of developing programs that maintain and control different software systems. He did his job so well that he was promoted thrice within 2014. That doubled his salary and increased his health care benefits. It really made Jorge and his wife so happy. They thought to themselves that they were living the life of their dreams, but not for long.
Most of the time, Jorge had to stay late in the office, up to 8:30 in the evening. However, lately he had to work until 11pm. His high position requires him to make sure that every programming project is running according to design and deadline. He can’t miss even a single lapse because his company is accountable to well-respected clients with global projects in different industries.
For months, Jorge was very diligent and patient delivering every work output required of him. To be able to fulfill this, he had to stay in the office longer and go out travelling to meet clients. Sometimes he can’t go home for days, for weeks and for almost a month. He’s about to burn out. Now he misses his family and feeling like he’s in prison. He often stares at his lovely window beside his desk and long for democracy days.
“Aaah…If only I can have my democracy days.” He sighs and tells himself. After such time, Jorge began to feel tired and lonely. He saw himself locked up in what he now calls a prison job. One time he went home, his 7-year-old son almost didn’t recognize him. Jorge was sad but he knew his commitment in his work. He often thought about his new motivation, his democracy days.
Seven months after that faithful day of his last promotion at work, Jorge started to get serious about his own democracy days. He believed he is free to choose the life he wanted to live. And if this is true, he believed there is a way he can earn as much money as he is earning in his current job, even while spending more time with his wife and son. Jorge was so determined to find out how this could be done. He knew it was possible.
Democracy days are the days that made Jorge work smarter. He gathered resources that will allow him to work from his home. He did what he can to pursue travels that will only allow him to bring his family. He said “no” to most tasks that will take more time away from his family. He gently and boldly declared his democracy days. Soon he found himself refreshed and once again ready for any challenge that may come his way.