Friday, June 5, 2015

The Good Fight For Freedom

If you still don't know what this blog is about, then head on over to.....wait.

Where have you been?!

Over the past 1.5 years, I've been writing short essays about the struggles of achieving a life that is no longer bounded by a paycheck. To be blunt, I find it absolutely ridiculous to think that your life is equated to the title you have on your business card.

I remember reading and watching Indra Nooyi's (the CEO of PepsiCo) interview. Sure, I applaud her accomplishments in the corporate world and how she grew PepsiCo into one of the most formidable players in the food and beverage industry. But the interview also shows you the other side of the rat cage.

The interviewer asked her a question: 

"As a woman, how do you juggle between your family and work commitments?"

To which she answered (something along these lines):

"Well, there will always be trade offs. You can't have everything. My husband needs me most at the same time my company needs me most. Sometimes you can't have everything. It's a challenge."

Then the camera turns to her husband...and he doesn't look particularly impressed.

Plenty of money. Highest position in the rat cage. Plenty of status.

For what? So that you don't have enough time in your life to spend it with your loved ones?

Who am I to judge? Well, that's bullshit. We judge every single's one of our most primitive abilities as humans to discern, judge and make decisions. 

So, use it.

Use it constructively to build your life.

If you don't like the way some people live their lives, then make a decision not to follow in their footsteps.

Look at your watch now. Watch how the seconds hand ticks, it moves clockwise and never anti-clockwise. Tick-tock-tick-tock, that's the sound of our lives draining away.

You'll never get it back. The 5 seconds that you took to read the paragraph above? You're not getting that back either.

The fight for freedom has always been about claiming back your one most important entity - TIME.

Again, what's the point of retiring at 65? So that you can finally start spending time loving your 65 year-old wife and be the richest man in the retirement home?

Something is really wrong with the traditional career path, and I'm here to find a way out. 

Actually, I'm not the only one, there is a community out there who are on the same path towards freedom. Some are way ahead in the game and they are doing well.

Recently, I responded to an interview by a fellow freedom fighter and newfound friend (Gen Y Finance Guy) and you can read the whole interview here: Freedom Fighter Interview #3 - White Collar Freedom

Do check it out, and while you're at it, check out Gen Y Finance Guy's blog at the same time. 

He's unstoppable. 

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your story Josh.

    Now go and get married already :)


    1. Anytime, GYFG! Haha, will do.


  2. Funny that I just recently wrote an article on this topic... that we need to fight for our financial freedom. I enjoyed reading your interview. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes Tawcan, we have to fight for it...heading over to read your article now. Thanks for reading the interview too!


  3. After a weekend hanging out with "the guys" on a fishing weekend, it blew my mind how much others waste. I'm all for drinking a bunch, hanging out with friends, and all that, but then there were the little things. "This is almost every weekends for us." Them never turning lights off or the TV off even when no one was in the house. Running the AC when it was beautiful outside and we could have just opened a window and turned on the fan.

    All of this and then 2 minutes later "I don't think I'll ever be able to retire at 55 like you did" to one of the guys.

    It just makes me think that people aren't actually comfortable getting to the end result through any hard work. They just talk about how to make more money. As you talked about before, finances and fitness are very similar. Looking only at increasing your income is like only increasing your exercise.

    You need to have the diet/budget if you want to improve the timeline without increasing your income

    1. Hi DF, it could be that some of "the guys" have not yet hit a turning point? A trigger?

      I'll admit that I was once like that too - was never conscious about the dollars here and there that were slipping out every day. It was only when I realised the severity of my situation that I finally became so sensitive and conscious about my finances.

      Again to use the fitness analogy. It's like one of your friends asking you "How do you build a body like that?" while chomping down on a plate of pork belly...

      Mindset. Mindset.