Financial Liberty is all about no longer being controlled by money; being liberated from the influence that money has over our daily lives. I want to teach people to think differently about money, and ultimately to live differently.
It all started one day when I was standing in line in the work cafeteria. Like most middle-class Americans, I was taught “Do well in school, get a good job, and work hard.” Well, I was about 6 months into my new professional career, and trying my very best to live that mantra. I mean, that’s what will make you happy, right?
Well, it wasn’t. This was a particularly shitty day at work, but even on a typical day I was definitely not happy with my new job or the direction I was heading. While waiting to buy my lunch, I was daydreaming about quitting as soon as all of my stock options vested.
That was my first “Is this really it?” moment. Am I just supposed to deal with customers, go to meetings, and pretend to give a shit about the “corporate vision” until I’m 60+? Admittedly, at the time, I saw no other option, even as I began questioning the narrative.
The next big “aha!” happened about a year later. I moved out of my first apartment and into a house on the “rich” side of town. When commuting to work in the morning, I would be stuck in traffic with a lot of fancy cars: Audis, BMWs, G Wagons, even an occasional Ferrari. For probably the first month or so of this commute, I was fascinated. But, it didn’t take long before I was like, “Wait… So you’re apparently super rich, yet you’re still stuck in the same traffic I am?” And that’s when it hit me, from the bottom to the top, just about everybody is “scraping by”.
I grew up on the lower end of middle class. As a result, if I ever saw someone in a fancy car, I assumed they were “rich”. And to me, being “rich” not only meant that you could drive a nice car, but that you could damn near do whatever you wanted to. I was used to it that my parents had to go to work because they had bills to pay. So, naturally, I assumed if you were driving a nice car, it meant your bills were paid and you had extra money for such a nice ride. That really isn’t the case though. 63% of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck, even the ones driving Beamers.
This was the straw that broke the camel’s back. So I gotta do well in school, get a good job, and work hard for what? To be stuck in traffic in a shinier box on my way to my BS corporate job? And repeat this every day for the next 40 years?
When I had this realization, I decided I wanted something different:
- I’m not going to bother “keeping up with the Joneses”.
- I’m going to create a life where I don’t have to stress about paying my bills, the way my parents once had to.
- I’m not going to wake up early and commute to a job that doesn’t have purpose.
I’m gonna live MY life without being controlled by money, and I want to help you do the same.