March 31st marked one year for me sans 9 to 5. I can hardly believe that year has come and gone so quickly. I am happy to report that my wife and I are still driving the same cars, living in the same house and going on the same vacations as we did when I had the 9 to 5. The only noticeable difference is that I don’t have nearly as many miles on my car, since my commute to the office has been reduced to a walk down stairs.
If you are not familiar with my story – one year ago I chose to walk away from great job in all aspects excellent pay, high quality of work and great people to pursue my dreams of financial independence. Many people shook their head in disbelief as a walked away from a job that had taken me to Hawaii twice and all over North America. A job where playing golf and dining at fine restaurants with customers is expected. I must admit that THIS is the only thing that could have taken my away from that place.
I have written on several occasions on developing a burning desire. Personally, I believe that financial independence is nearly impossible without it. There has to be some all encompassing “thing” that enables you to walk away from a great situation or possesses you to cut up the credit cards or to sacrifice your free time to study the stock market or to convert a hobby into a business. Without that “thing” or burning desire, you will travel the same path as most – trying to pack everything into the weekend and two weeks of vacation a year and of course dreaming about retirement.
Year one has been excellent and I am looking forward year two. To the ones who have been reading my website since the beginning and to my new friends, thank you for you support. I hope over the upcoming year I can in some manner help you develop your burning desire.
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