No B.S Friday: You’ve got to use your will-power in the right way or you’ll burn out.
Do you know what’s on the other side of the fence?
The fence called financial freedom?
And remember financial freedom is not measured by the car you drive or the watch on your wrist or how many associates you can fit in your hot tub.
It’s about time. It’s about owning your own time. You don’t have to sell it to anybody. You don’t have to earn a wage or even a profit. Your wealth has you covered.
And what you do with your time is completely up to you.
So… what’s on the other side of that? What is it that I didn’t expect to find until I got here?
First is the immense sense of relief. Like putting down a burden you had no idea you were carrying.
I remember something similar happening when I bought my first home. I was living in MY place. I wasn’t renting in somebody else’s house. It was my house, and no one could evict me from it and I could put picture hooks wherever I wanted.
Living in someone else’s place was anxiety inducing, even if it’s so normal and commonplace that we barely ever notice it. But it’s stressful.
Leaving that stress behind was relieving.
Same story with leaving work behind. There’s always the question in your mind – how am I going to make money? What do I have to do?
How precarious are my money-making endeavours from various and random threats – changes in the industry, personal injury etc.?
It’s a mental load.
And a mental load I was very happy to leave behind.
So there’s that.
Then it’s the peace that comes once you stop looking at the world like a kid with a limited budget in a lolly shop.
I only have 50c, so I can buy two of those and three of those. Or one of those and six of those…
That’s what my holiday and leisure time used to be like. We could go to the snow, or we could go to Bali, but definitely not both.
We can visit my inlaws or your inlaws, but definitely not both.
Once the wealth hurdle is cleared, you’ve got what feels like an unlimited budget. It’s obviously not completely unlimited. We all run out of time eventually.
But the bind is so loose to almost feel like it isn’t there. There’s time to do what you want to do. There’s time to do what the wife wants to do. There’s time to do what the kids want to do.
There’s just time.
And what is stress if not the pressure of events against time?
Now, put these things together: freedom from the stress of productivity, and freedom from the stress of time. Put them together and what have you got?
A massive sense of relaxation.
Life is just a lot easier.
That’s why we do it.