A big motivator in the finance world is the dream of earning “f-u money”.
The universal motivation for this goal is expressed in the Johnny Paycheck song, Take This Job and Shove It.
Trouble is, once you have a goal to tell people to Eff Off, you will never run out of targets for your ire.
You’ve created a habit that can’t be solved by money – and being consistently abrasive will drive good people from your life.
My friend, who changed my view on the UltraRich, demonstrated an alternative approach.
People think the benefit of wealth is f-u money. The benefit isn’t the ability to be rude with impunity. The benefit of financial independence is the opportunity to say no-thank-you to the ever-present drama around us
The goal, to opt out of BS, doesn’t require much money at all.
However, the first $125,000 I saved nudged me in a better direction, eventually, out of finance.
What my younger self found attractive (in wealth accumulation) was a pathway towards serenity. I feel very fortunate that I gave my younger self a chance to look around.
Serenity was found in nature, in connection and in exercise.
Do I want peace or drama?