A state whereby one does not need to work for a livelihood.
It is the holy grail of all financial bloggers.
Those who have attained it, flaunt it.
Those who still chasing, actively encourage others to try.
Passive incomes, increased savings or large inheritances are some ways to achieve financial freedom.
However you are looking for tips on how to achieve it, you are at the wrong blog post.
It does not take a genius to find out why financial independence is so sought after.
No need to wake up early to go to work.
You do not have to take the crowded trains and risk being stuck in a breakdown.
Stay in bed? Sure, as long as you wish.
No worry about paying your mortgage on time.
Basically, you have absolute freedom to do anything because you are rich enough.
Let’s read tons of financial books and blogs to get that passive income going.
The Unseen Side
Everyone loves success stories.
How a poor boy made good.
Rag-to-rich anecdotes that are so inspiring.
What we often do not know are the untold and unseen tales of those who have failed.
Thousands of people who worked so hard daily to get more money to achieve success but instead died prematurely.
Many others burnt their fingers through bad investments.
You may say, at least they tried.
I agree wholeheartedly.
There is absolutely no shame in trying but falling short.
The Naked Truth
Financial freedom can only be achieved by a minority.
There, I said it.
“Utter bullshit”, you cried.
If I could do it, so can everyone.
Let me explain to you why.
You know what does average means.
So you should understand that for average to exist, there will be people above and below average.
Since there are people perpetually in the below average area, there will always be people around who are nowhere near to fiscal independence.
“But if we improve everyone’s absolute wealth, it is possible for all to be financially free.”
If you truly believe the above sentence, you can click the “x” button in the top right corner
Should you still be reading this, please allow me to explain.
If everyone can be financially self-sufficient, it means that no one want to work.
How can any society function with everyone being a lazy bum?
Now that I have debunked the myth, it is a natural step for me to advise you to go and achieve financial independence.
I am absolutely not.
Financial freedom is not attainable by everyone but you can become one of the minority.
However, my only problem with the modern pursuit of financial nirvana is the wrong all-in approach.
It is well known that Singaporeans work one of the longest hours in the world.
Isn’t it ironic that one will lose their freedom to their time so that they may have a chance to exchange it for financial freedom?
Time is finite for all humans.
Money is something that any government can just print at any time.
Isn’t it a tad foolish to exchange something so valuable for something so worthless?
Don’t lose your health, your family bond and your ties with your loved ones in the frenzied pursuit of financial independence.
Keep some time for yourself and your loved ones.
Even if you do not succeed, you will find yourself in a good place.
Financial freedom is definitely not all to life.
Financial freedom is both a mean and an end.
It is an end because you can finally relieve yourself of working.
However, it is also a mean – it allows you to enjoy other finer things in life.
To put it in another way.
Taking the fastest car to financial freedom may not be the best way to live your life.
Enjoy the scenery and the loved ones’ company on your bus trip.
At the end of the day, the destination may not be where you intend to be.
After all, success is part luck and part everything else.
However, you would have appreciated the bus ride and the new end-stop much more.
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