There’s much more to life than money. The person who agrees most with this statement will spend their early years OBSESSING over money every chance they get. Cut back on expenses here… Invest excess funds there… Money, money, money. All day, all night… The focus is always on the $$$.
There’s much more to life than working. 9 to 5 until 65 sound like a terrible idea? The person who agrees most with this statement will spend their early years performing NOSE-TO-THE-GRINDSTONE hard labor. Overtime? Yes, please! Are you available to come in to the office on the weekends? Of course! All day, all night we serve The Company. Let’s do our best to get recognized, earn those merit increases, stock options, and bonuses. It’s up the ladder we climb… The focus is always on the grind.
There’s much more to life than specialized monotony. Are you a person who enjoys learning new things and believes that a life not filled with interesting experiences is one not maximized? The person who agrees most with this statement will spend their early years PERFECTING their craft. That is, get really, really good at the ONE thing that brings home the most bacon (tofu) for you. Devote your free time to building up your knowledge base even more. Then, charge an exorbitant amount of money for your services, or make other companies fight tooth and nail to employ you… The focus is always on the skillz.
When you are young, full of energy, and most capable, focus your time and efforts on the things you most want to not be doing. If you don’t like thinking about money, don’t like working hard, and don’t like becoming specialized at something… do all that, instead, and get really, really good at it.
- Become an excellent money manager.
- Pay your dues upfront and develop the strongest of work ethics.
- Make yourself unfireable because you’re so damn good at your job.
Do these things now so that you can spend the rest of your days:
- Never having to worry about money again.
- Never having to take on a job you don’t want, or having to work hard again.
- Never having to be bored with doing the same old thing, over and over again.
No pain, no gain! A few years of intense dedication and sacrifice in exchange for full control of my destiny forever after? Just a means to an end… Had I known then what I know now, I would take that offer everyday of the week… Would you?
This post is mostly intended for those young dreamers out there who are very serious (hardcore) about getting to early FI and are willing to do whatever it takes. For anyone who does ultimately make it to early FI, usually, these people wish they would have gotten there even sooner! I know I wish I would have started the journey to FI earlier in life…