I live in Cleveland and our basketball team is da Cavs. The player leading our team is LeBron James.

Some consider LeBron to be the greatest basketball player in the world. I actually really like the guy a lot myself. He fulfilled his promise to bring an NBA championship to Cleveland and I have a massive amount of respect for him.

Here’s a screenshot from a Google search on his salary:

It looks like he makes 30 million before endorsements. My guess he makes another 30 million each year with endorsements. Oddly enough, I honestly believe he’s earned every penny of it considering the value he’s brought to northeast Ohio.

Here’s my question for you….

Would you trade places with Mr. James?

I think most people would trade places with LeBron without much thought. He’s a legend and will be talked about for decades. He’s got all the money he could possibly want. He’s a celebrity and has hundreds of thousands of fans.

I wouldn’t trade places with him for two important reasons:

1. I have no desire for fame. It’s the last thing in the world I would want for my life. I would hate not having any privacy. I would hate not being able to go where I wanted to go whenever I wanted without a team of people.  I would honestly hate being swarmed by fans every time I’m in public.

2. Mr. James doesn’t have complete control over his life. He has to live according to the team’s schedule. This means he must go where they want him to go and play when they want him to play. The NBA season ranges from October through June, if they make it to the finals. Plus, he typically has to travel several days a week and cannot be home with his kids. And on top of this, he has to play on holidays including on Christmas Day.

Now, I realize that LeBron has a job he absolutely loves. I also understand he loves basketball and loves to win. These things make him extremely happy. He’s on top of the world and I’m happy for him.

On the flip-side, Lebron has given up a great deal to have what he has. He has traded away autonomy for fame and fortune.

I, personally, wouldn’t want to trade places with him because I want control over my schedule. I’m not willing to live my life according to someone else’s terms. I don’t want to be told when I have to work and where I have to go. I want control over what I do and when I do it.

I prefer the Cashflownaire lifestyle.

You can join me here:

P.S. The only reason I would want to trade places with Mr. James is because he’s 14 years younger than I am. 🙂
He has more time and this IS something I would certainly trade for.

P.P.S. If you stop and think about it, you’ll see that most people have traded away autonomy for a lot less than Lebron. He’s playing the game very well, but it’s a not a great game to play. It’s a game where everyone loses a little bit of their lives each and every day. The only player that wins in this game is your employer.