The Revolution Will Be Fabulous

Peter Gronquist - Versace Assault Rifle
When it comes to financial goals, the end game for most people is retirement. In the personal finance community it has many other names: Financial Independence, FIRE Day (Financial Independence, Retire Early), FU Money (though I would call it F<3ck Yeah Money!)

All of these terms are great and they all revolve around the goal of retirement, but I think it's more than that. I think that reaching that goal early in life is also about rejecting societies idea that you need $2 million dollars to comfortably retire these days. Or not accepting the idea that you have to work until the age of 65 before you can fully retire (67 for those of us born after 1960 [and who knows when that might be raised again]). Why aren't we questioning what people think is "normal"? When I was growing up I was rebellious, if someone told me no I questioned why, so why I should stop now?

I'm planning my own revolution, and it will be fabulous

I don't think that I know anyone that works for passion. They may say that they work for some sort of passion and that they love their job, but when it comes down to it, if they weren't paid to be doing their job they wouldn't show up. Maybe they would for an hour or two, but long days every week? I don't think so.

I don't want to live by the template that society lays out for everyone. There's no reason for me to spend 30+ years working at jobs that I wouldn't go to if I had that choice to do something else. It's because of this that I stay motivated to find new ways to create passive income so I can truly own my time.

Peter Gronquist - Gucci Chainsaw

I suppose you could say that I have enough F<3ck Yeah Money set aside that if I really wanted to I could quit my job and I would be okay for a couple of years. But that's not my real goal here. I want to be able to walk away from it all permanently.

Chanel BazookaWhen you no longer need your job to survive then your employer needs you more than you need them. This is a very useful tool for negotiation and a way for you to leave the way that you want.

One day I will get there, it will be sooner than most. My motivation is those hard days at work when all you want to do is throw in the towel, thinking of the revolution to come, and it will be fabulous.
Peter Gronquist - Pac Man Grenades

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  1. Actually I work for my passion and I do not get paid for what I do. Now of course I am working to one day be paid enough so that I can live off of my paycheck, but I will be broke for awhile doing what I love. I know there are many others out there like me so perhaps check through your friends list again. I am sure you will find one of us crazy passion working people in there!

    1. I wonder if you knew that in the future you wouldn't get paid for what you do, would you still do it? I'm sure you still would to some degree, but would you put in as much work or as hard of work to get there.

      For example, I worked hard in school because I knew that in the future I would get paid more because of it. I could have dropped out and gotten a job immediately that didn't require my degree, but I knew that my degree would get me paid more.

      I know that there are some people that work for passion, I imagine that most entrepreneurs are these people. But outside of that group, I don't know people that work 8-10 hours a day doing something they don't get paid for and would continue to just because of their passion for it.

  2. It took me a very long time to get to where I am today in regard to money. I had such an obsession with it as a kid. I would take out people's garbage, sell candy bars, massage feet, etc. Save, save, save. Sell my lunch, eat a snack and save the rest of the money. I was always looking for ways to earn and save money and it didn't matter what I was doing if I was getting paid to do it. It wasn't until I was about 27 that I finally gave into the idea that I could have a passion other than money. My motivation changed in life...for now. But you are right. My ultimate goal is to make money and a name for myself in a career that is not one that makes a ton of money generally. I will, however, find a way to make this different for me. It's a helping profession, but I don't feel the need to suffer because of that. I plan on being very wealthy and I am taking the necessary steps to make this happen.

    1. Motivation is an interesting thing, it's something that's constantly in flux. You can be very goal oriented towards one thing for a long time until suddenly, perhaps even within the span of a conversation with a friend or an evening meeting someone new your motivation towards goals can change significantly. Some people have a hard time figuring out what's important in life, they go through the motions of what society tells us we need to be doing at a certain age and that's the script they follow. I'm glad it sounds like you know what you really want in life.