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Even if you win the rat race - you’re still a rat!

Posted Jul 22 2008 8:23pm 1 Comment

I had to share this wonderful cartoon byPolyp:

There’s alsoa cool animated version:

Does anyone honestly think that making more money, consuming more stuff, driving a bigger car or bagging that fancy title will make them happier?

It seems that many people consistently focus their time and energy on getting things that won’t make them happy - to the cost of the simple but important factors: Friends, family, meaning and fun.

Ask yourself this: How much of your time is spent doing things that make you or other people happy? And how much racing the other rats in the maze?

Here are some way to get out of the rat race:

  • How to lose your fear of being fired
  • How to find a job you’ll love
  • The top-10 advantages of low-rent living

I think Lily Tomlin said it best:

“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

(If this post looks familiar, it’s because it IS a repost - this time with full attribution to Polyp who made it and who was kind enough to give me retroactive permission to use his cartoon - Thanks!)

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According to, the quote about winning the rat race came from William Sloan Coffin as chaplain of Williams College or Yale University at least 20 years before Lily Tomlin used it in People magazine.
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