Time to FIght
Time to FIght
“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.”
Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist
The Mindset of a Fighter May Help You Reach Your Financial Independence Goals
Financial Independence, for many, begins with an idea or spark of belief that with the proper amount of determination, grit, patience, and steadfastness, that they can successfully live throughout retirement, often times early, without the need to work or be controlled by money.
Often, for those seeking financial independence, there’s an awakening of sorts, or an awareness that things aren’t exactly what they seem. That, for all intents and purposes, the deck has been stacked and the opponent is sitting on a straight flush. The world hasn’t been built or structured in a way that caters to the financial needs of everyone. Rather, in fact, quite the opposite is true.
As a whole, we aren’t delivered into the ‘real world’ armed with the knowledge and financial support necessary to get a quick jump on our personal finances. Instead, we are thrust into adulthood with the unfortunately not so obvious, but all too blatant, hands of the unseen trying desperately to pilfer our pockets, every second and every minute of every day.
Giving Yourself A FIghter’s Chance
There is no break from commercialism, capitalism, corporate or neighborly greed. It suffocates and drowns millions upon millions of people, perhaps like you, who don’t realize or know it’s happening. It’s so pervasive that we take it for granted. It’s simply a part of life, one that we adjust to and endure because as far as we know, there’s no other way.
Once a person becomes enlightened and aware of the situation they’re in there really is one choice in my opinion. To succeed means bucking the status quo. It means upheaval of a process that has enriched the lives of others for generations upon generations. That person must fight with everything they can. Time isn’t on their side, the more time that has passed the scrappier and craftier the fight needs to be.
Time is infinite until it isn’t. What I mean by that is for most people, the concept of time feels almost limitless, until they age and a slow churning reality sets in that time is indeed finite. The older one gets, the more apparent that time, for them, is a limited and precious commodity. One, that if it could be traded, would be trading much higher than even Berkshire Hathaway currently does. (BRK.A at the time of writing this, goes for $304,884 per share)
Money, the lack of it, or even an abundance of it, can cause various issues within our lives. It can make us jealous, spiteful, happy (even if temporary), boastful, meager, humble, and much more. Money can build a society, or tear it down, sometimes in a flash.
Know Thy Enemy
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
To win the battle is to know yourself, your motivations and what outcome you desire. It’s equally knowing your enemy, which can vary from person to person. For some the enemy is truly within. Maybe it’s years of poor spending and savings habits, work ethic and drive. Others might find they’ve built an unhealthy relationship with money, or they might find themselves entrenched in mindset that allows money or the lack of it, to control them. Whatever the case may be, knowing yourself and your enemy will allow you to be victorious when the fight is over. It might take a hundred fights, but ultimately you will control the outcome.
So, when it comes to financial independence, and greatly increasing the chances of achieving it, I feel it’s important for so many to be a fighter. I think a common denominator of those who are successful and those who struggle, often comes from the ability to take on things that are perceived to be bigger than one’s self. Perhaps the key to unlocking our true potential is evoking the fighter that we have, sometimes buried deeply, inside of all of us?
I am not a fan, nor do I condone physical violence, especially, when used to harm or oppress others that are often facing the same challenges we are. I abhor those who prey or take advantage of others they deem weaker then they are. If you abuse and leverage your ‘power’ over others, you are simply a problem that everyone in society must collectively deal with.
I’m all for kicking an unfair system, that traps and entices individuals into poor financial choices, squarely to the curb. If it takes you getting a bit angry to get that internal fire stoked, and to realize you can empower yourself, then so be it. More power to you, and if you can harness that empowerment for not only your personal enrichment, but also for those around you, well, my friend, you’re a certified bad ass in my humble opinion! For those of you facing an uphill battle against debt, I hope you wake up and punch it square on the nose! You got this.