Reality Check: Are You Trapping Yourself?

By: Rhonda Overby, CEO

“Don’t let them trap you, Overby. Whatever you do, don’t let them trap you.” A veteran network newscaster bestowed that cryptic advice.  Upon further inquiry, it became evident that the poignant warning stemmed from personal experience. He disclosed an impressive salary that enabled him to lead a very comfortable lifestyle. Yet, despite these material comforts, he found himself disillusioned with his career in television news. The paycheck, while substantial, had become a golden cage, trapping him in a profession he no longer enjoyed. He felt unqualified to expect to earn that amount within a different career.

His example begs us to consider the choices we make and their long-term implications.  How often do we sacrifice our freedom for perceived security or material gain? The allure or societal expectations can lead us to make decisions that, over time, can undermine our sense of fulfillment and purpose. The uncomfortable truth is that some of us settle into routines, perhaps unknowingly, that gradually erode our autonomy and passion. 

Celebrating True Freedom

True freedom isn’t just about physical or financial independence; it’s about aligning our choices with our values and passions. It’s about having the courage to question the status quo, to reassess our paths, and to make adjustments when necessary. It requires us to be mindful rather than operate on autopilot, to pause and reflect on whether our current trajectory is leading us towards personal growth and happiness.

The Power of Conscious Choices

Each decision we make shapes our lives. From career paths to relationships, from daily habits to long-term goals, our choices either expand our horizons or confine us within self-imposed limitations. The newscaster’s cautionary tale reminds us of the importance of staying vigilant, of continually reassessing our circumstances to ensure they align with who and what we most want to be.

Breaking Free

If you find yourself in a situation where external rewards no longer compensate for inner dissatisfaction, consider this a wakeup call. It’s never too late to redefine success on your terms, to explore new opportunities, or to pursue passions that ignite your spirit. Breaking free from the traps we inadvertently set for ourselves requires courage and introspection, but the rewards—authenticity, fulfillment, and genuine happiness—are immeasurable.


Let us heed the veteran newscaster’s warning as a call to action. Let us embrace the journey of self-discovery and pursue lives that resonate deeply with who we are and who we aspire to be. Let us actively choose purpose over comfort and passion over complacency. In doing so, we become empowered to shape our destinies.  That is the true essence of freedom.


  • Define success on your terms.
  • Pursue passions that ignite your spirt.
  • Choose purpose over comfort.
  • Be mindful as auto-pilot can prove costly.
  • Propertize® properly prioritize to achieve true freedom.


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