Can you honestly say that you are trying to become financially independent?
I wasted a lot of the earlier stages in my life watching way too many TV shows, which provided no value whatsoever. I watch a lot of the TV shows at the time so I could relate with my classmates and other so it would enable me to fit in when others talked about such shows, and because I believed this is what everybody else was doing. Now I realize what a horrible waste of time TV was!
Ten years out from whatever shows you might be watching today will no longer be relevant, and no longer talked about, and besides who wants to talk about shows from ten years ago anyway?
Another way that I wasted time was believing that only the rich can build wealth or you have to get lucky to become rich. This was a huge mistake. How can you expect to become financially independent if you don’t believe that you can become rich, and you don’t try?
So after wasting time watching TV and finally believing, these past ten years I’m finally created and started following a path to become financially independent. While still considered poor by the very rich (read uncomfortably poor), for me it’s a stage that I believe I can accomplish in the next eight years if I keep my eye on the goal…
Some sacrifice is required with my plan (especially during the first few years), but now I’m on my way and each year I’m able to loosen the purse strings and spend money on things that would increase my enjoyment in life.
More to come,
P.S. I’m currently in my third year, and we’re on vacation for spring break. This is something new for us and in past years we would do something local to save money. From this year going forward, I’m planning for such a vacation to continue to be in our plans going forward (barring some unforeseen financial crisis).