Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Financially Self-Sufficient

'We want someone who is self-sufficient. Someone who has the initiative to get things done without dragging the whole team down...someone who is capable of handling tasks without being told to do so...'

That's what the interviewer said he was looking for in a candidate.

3 years ago, I had the opportunity to be interviewed for a graduate trainee role in a major oil & gas firm. It was the longest phone interview I ever had (1 hour, 15 minutes) and I'd love to end this post by saying, I got the job.

But I did not.

Till today, I still hear the conversation playing at the back of my head, as if I swallowed a broken recorder that has the entire interview on repeat.

What really stuck with me was the term 'self-sufficient'.

And the deeper I explored, the more I peered into it, I discovered a concept that really invoked a sense of eureka - a revelation that would urge me to be as self-sufficient as possible.

Since then, I've been on an adventure. I hungered for knowledge and new skills that would add to my arsenal of self-sufficiency.

I taught myself basic HTML, Photoshop, Graphic Design, conversational Mandarin, how to cut my own hair (yup, you read that right). I even overcame my phobia of water and joined the college water polo team.

It was like discovering this innate ability, this 'superpower' that was hidden for so many years inside of me and it boiled down to 2 elements:

Hunger for knowledge and the dexterity to see it through.

Now I'm all about being financially self-sufficient. At this stage of my life, I'm working on a freedom fund that will enable me to free myself from the shackles of the corporate treadmill (er, like what do you think this blog is about?)

There's nothing selfish or arrogant about being self-sufficient. When you rely less on others, you free up resources for more people. You become an ecosystem that does not keep taking from others and when that happens, you have all to keep giving.

Seriously, what are you waiting for?

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