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They say that everyone has their own unique niche to get them to financial freedom, it’s just a matter of figuring out what it is and pursuing it at all costs…
It is the latter part of the matter I struggle with…. There are many things I am passionate about but none of which seem to invigorate me enough to want to pursue them to make capital gains on such endeavors…
Instead I fight this never ending internal battle with myself, constantly in search of this mysterious passion and only recently has it occurred to me that the answer has been in front of me all along. Everything I pursue leads me back to the same root cause for pursuing it in the first place.
Maybe my pursuit is meant to be a struggle to financial freedom. One of which I expose my journey with the ups and downs of my progress…. There have been huge steps forward I’ve taken to be overcome by obstacles that forced me to take many steps back. But in the end, continuing to strive towards my ultimate goal of being free and owning my time – motivated me to overcome ALL hardships no matter how big or small.
It is that underlying, constant burning desire for absolute financial freedom that motivates me to continue my education. When one thing fails, I take a step back and research it, implement what I learned in the process and over come that failure…
Napoleon Hill says in his book Think and Grow Rich that:
“failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one up when success is almost within reach. What does all this mean, it means failure is very close to success. It means that if you allow yourself to quit when the going gets hard, you’re not ready to achieve success.”
This quote particularly intrigues me not only because it is 100% true to everything I’ve experienced my entire life but it speaks to volumes to me on a deep level. When success meets failure this quote forces me to question myself – “am I ready to achieve success,” the answer is always, undoubtedly, YES.
Life has a strange way of showing us what we are meant to do. From a young age I’ve never accepted failure. No matter how much I may have sucked at something I pursued, whether it was snowboarding, skateboarding, paintball, lacrosse, water skiing, surfing and much more – I always continued to attempt these hobbies because it is the underlying challenge that brings me absolute joy and entertainment, not the physical action of doing those things… okay maybe a little bit.
I remember vividly being introduced to snowboarding when I was about 12 years old. I was completely intrigued by its difficulty. I had my mother take me to what used to be Borders and bought a snowboarding magazine with my allowance.. In that magazine was a quote that stuck with me from that point forward by a pro snowboarder Abe Teter – “Our only limits are the ones we impose on ourselves.” I never knew where that quote came from.
As I mentioned before, life has a strange way of showing us what we are meant to do… I lived my entire life around that quote not accepting any limitation. Life lead me to read Think and Grow Rich. Within that book, Napoleon Hill says “our only limitations are those that we set up in our own minds.”
It was at that very moment, last year in 2020, when I read that quote it was like some higher power was literally guiding me… It was that moment I realized I was meant for more than to be a working class citizen. That my time, is what I’ve been after my entire life. The high paying job, bigger paychecks, and constant challenges I put myself up again were all to serve a bigger purpose that was hidden in the fog of a clouded mind until last summer.
I was in pursuit of my time. It was at this very moment my true journey had just begin at 29 and a half years young. I set a goal to retire by 40 and I am going to achieve it at all costs. I’ve been laughed at by family and friends, told to keep dreaming by the very people who I thought would support me.
I began to ask questions, reached out to people I’ve never spoken to before. I started researching what the wealthy do with the money, how they acquired it, and the list continues.
I’ve moved mountains in the last year. I am going to move planets in the coming years.
Follow me on my journey, learn from my mistakes, but make me one promise: you’ll do it better than I did.