Several years ago a co-worker shared a .pdf version of this article with me and it’s one of those pieces that resonated and has stuck with me throughout the years. I read it a few times each year because I find that it helps to re-center my priorities if they start to get out of whack.
My financial ‘epiphany’ has been more of gradual progression rather than a single ‘aha!’ moment. A handful of events each lighting my pathway to financial independence.
Words nobody wants to hear, but everyone should be prepared for.
When adversity strikes, the time to prepare has passed.
Unlike nobody, I don’t like being told what to do. Who does? Maybe that’s why I hate Mondays so much. The thought of going to work for someone else, ultimately being at their mercy, rubs me wrong.
I want so badly to get my FU stash built up to the point where I’m calling my own shots. And the only thing I want more than a nice FU stash is to be totally and completely financially independent, the point at which my investments generate enough cash to cover my expenses.
Just two short months ago I started How Do I Get Rich Quick.com. At the time it felt as if the reasons for starting this site were endless. I’ve been thinking about why I’m doing this and what I hope to get out of it.
It’s important for me to document the ‘why‘ so that I can always remember what my North Star is in regards to this site. I believe I can boil this list down to just three main reasons, in order of most to least importance:
- Accountability to my financial goals
- I like the personal finance community; this my way of connecting further
- To make a bit of cash
So in an attempt to keep myself motivated, I told everyone I knew that I was going to start the program. I can be prideful and I didn’t want to face the shame of admitting to anyone that I’d quit. So I painted myself into a corner by telling everyone about my plans. I even blogged about it daily.
It worked. Friends, family, and co-workers kept asking me about it. Many of them asked if I was still doing it. Come on – have a little faith people!
So that’s reason number one. To keep myself accountable to my goals by talking about them publicly.
I blame this on P90X. That daily fitness blog of mine grew to a respectable size. I had first page Google rankings on great search phrases. I kept the blog going for about 18 months or so and in the end was making a couple hundred bucks from it. So when I decide to start this blog I figured, why not? And that’s the third and final reason why I blog.
So that’s it. That’s my list. The first thing that jumped out at me is that my reasons for blogging are all about me! Interesting….. does that make me a selfish jerk for not having at least ONE altruistic reason on my list? I know that Mr. Money Mustache has a stated goal to save the planet by promoting a badass life of leisure through frugal living. Now that sounds like a noble reason for blogging.
I’m not sure what that says about me, but it is what it is (did I just type that? I hate that phrase!). I take some comfort in knowing that my reasons can change. If and when that happens I’ll revisit this post and provide and update