Capitalist work-a-holic

Capitalist Work-a-holic

The other day I was called a “work-a-holic”.

It was insulting. Unfounded. Completely fucking wrong.

But, I’m not angry. Just a little upset. Because…

There was another label pasted on me within the very same week: capitalist.

Holy mother in heaven.

Isn’t that ridiculous?

Mr. Ride-a-bike-across-Canada-to-help-a-charitable cause has become one of Donald Trump’s groupies?

So what? I’m focused on my business.

I’m dedicated to my clients.

I want to scale in financial size to a sweet, juicy income.

Then, after 5 to 10 years….


…will you?

Anyway, when I grew up. I did a lot of things.

I was a social worker. Tree planter. Fruit picker. Burger flipper. Factory cleaner. English teacher. Digital marketer. Copywriter (current occupation). And on and on the list goes.

I wanted to experience.

Real experience.

Life experience.

Sexual experiences (ha ha, just kidding, girls are gross…)

The only way to achieve that was… to go out in the world and get it.

I hitch-hiked the west coast of Canada with a bag, a guitar, and a dirty thumb.

I cycled the east coast of Canada with a dream to make Toronto a better place (Boost was the charity I fundraised for so if you have spare a buck, send it to them, ya?).

After seeing all of Canada, do you know what happened next?

I wanted to see the world.

However, let’s get back to the capitalist work-a-holic thing.

I remember being in a meeting with the awesome people at Boost. I told them about my cycle-tour project and they immediately asked:

“Don’t you want to make money? You just finished school… most students in your position want to earn their million (and more) right now.”

Actually, these weren’t their exact words but it was something along those lines.

Back then, I had something I call Naive Ambition.

I just wanted to make the world a better place. And, what better way to do that than by believing I could magically make all the world’s problems go away. With a bicycle. And a cause….

Anyway, it was an incredible experience. However, this project made me realize just how difficult and impossible it is to “fix the world’s problems”.

Truth is. The only thing you can really do is… fix whatever problems are within yourself then share the better and best versions of you with the people around you.

Say hi to strangers (except the weird ones…)

Share a smile.

Give a homeless person a sandwich.

Donate 2% of your income to charity.


From all my experiences in life, this is my approach now to making the world a “better place”.

Contribute to society.

Be semi-respectful to culture and community (I sometimes can’t control my filter, hence the “semi”).

Build healthy relationships.

Build a successful, honest business.


So, yeah, I spend a lot of my time, right now, sitting in cafes. Hacking away at the keyboard. working with incredible clients from all around the world.

And, yeah, I’m trying to make a million monies between the age of 30 to the age of 40.

It’s not hard. Nor is it easy. However, there are a few “tricks” I have learned that’s going to get me there.

You should subscribe to this blog and I’ll reveal them to you, one day, once my bank accounts say “dude, it’s time to retire!”

Until then, I gotta continue to be the capitalistic work-a-holic because what would I be otherwise? A loser?

Jef van de Graaf
Canadian Copywriter & World Traveler
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