The other day I met some new people. After exchanging the usual conversational stuff we got to the big question: “What do you do?’ I described in vivid pictures how I have been taking care of my own business, my early ‘retirement’ from corporate duty and my goal to finance all my expenses from dividends and capital appreciation of my investment and trading portfolios.
I got that look from them that said “you are weird”. Their message was clearly heard even though there were no words uttered accompanying their looks (they were so polite). They – however – quickly moved on to talk about their own challenging and stressful 9 to 5 jobs.
Am I really that weird? (looking very much forward to your comments to this not really rhetorical question)
I prefer to call myself different. I dare to be different. I am convinced that uniqueness always pays in this world that is so rich (or shall I say poor) in conformance. Being a non-conformant might be a bit more complex.
But then isn’t it our duty to be like no other?
Isn’t it our duty to enjoy life?
Among many others I do enjoy investing and a bit of trading and I do so because my ‘WHY’ is to create financial freedom for my family and myself.
People tend to forget that financial freedom has multiple by-products. They are time freedom, location freedom and life experiences freedom.
I get to ‘live life fully’ is what I am really trying to say.
I believe that if you don’t find a big enough ‘Why’, your chances of long term investment success is diminished because you will either treat it as a hobby or when the going gets tough and you make some losses (which is inevitable, by the way, even for the very best on the planet), you will quit because you have suffered not just a financial loss but an emotional loss.
Funny thing is, once you feel the financial freedom, your investing and trading actually improves dramatically because you not only feel free and abundant, but you can now focus not on the money but on the process.
Different is indeed better than better.
Is it difficult to be different?
I don’t think so. You don’t have to change who you are – you just need to become more of who you are.
So far, so good. And lucky us there is no test to hand in at the end of life, so there is no way to fail.
But then being different also means to not take life advice from people doing shit with theirs. And that could/may/might include me. You decide for yourself.
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
“Goals are means not just ends. They are means to enhance enjoyment of the present. They should provide meaning and pleasure.” – Tal Ben Shahar – Author of book ‘Happier’