I can't remember where I got this from, but it seems relevant considering our current economic state: The rat race isn't very much fun right now — so why do you choose to participate? Free yourself from The Joneses' expectations and step out of the mainstream. You have the discipline you need to go off on your own and try to build up your ideas without input from anyone else. You don't need instructions from people to know how to run your own life! Being a part of a community is important, but today you should realize that your first priority is yourself. This bit is more for me than anyone else.