There are many days where I feel like I am not living up to my potential.
A lot of times my life feels like ground hog day. Or living for the weekend.
Wake up, go to work, repeat.
My work is not especially hard. And I am great at what I do.
I know software very well and am particularly skilled at solving problems. But I work in an office and answer to a boss that expects everyone to be there Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm. Which there is nothing wrong with. That is the standard for the business world. You work 40 hours a week, you get your paycheck at the end of the month, you get 2 weeks vacation and you continue to do that till you are 65 and can retire.
You spend 20 years in retirement enjoying your life and then you enter the grave surrounded by your loved ones.
But what if that is not my story. What if I do not want to work for someone else the rest of my life? What if I want to create my own path.
The reason I started this community is to learn how to reach financial independence. I want to understand how other people created and reach a point in their lives where they did not have to rely on a boss or a corporate system that had been set up for them. There are so many people that have created their own wealth and built a whole different life.
The FIRE movement is all about people living up too and exceeding the potential that was the traditional path for them.
That is what I want!
I want my financial independence to mean something. I want create value for others.
That is the truth behind potential. Value.
How much value are you creating?
How much value am I creating.
I have set up software programs that hundreds of thousands of employees are currently using. I did not design the software, but I know how to implement and manage the software. But I never interact directly with the employees. I never get to see employee careers advance because of my service.
The way that I am going to reach financial independence and retire early is by creating so much value that people will flock to me and pay me for my knowledge, products and services.
That is how YOU live up to your potential.
The only question you should ask yourself is:
Am I providing value?
You may be reading this thinking: I’m an employee, I love my job. Or. I am an employee, I hate my job!
Most of the time I really enjoy my full time work. But secretly my favorite thing is the community I am creating. I love all of the stuff I do outside of work way more than I love my work.
Interacting with people about their money. Hearing about their problems and their money stories. Working with people to craft more prosperous lives and businesses.
There is all kinds of potential we can pursue. Spiritual, mental, physical, philanthropic and financial.
Try to improve each one of those areas each day, by just a little bit and great things will start to happen.
Financial potential takes time. Compounding interest over decades creates a vast fortune. But that is also true with the value of the work that you create.
If you can create passive income then you will have free time to work on creating more income. And as you create more and more passive income the snowball of wealth grows larger and larger.
That is the secret. The limit to your potential is your lifetime. How much value can you create while you are here on this earth. The more value the longer your potential will last.
There are so many things I enjoy because someone created value many years ago like Walt Disney and Steve Jobs and Napoleon Hill. They all created value that I am happy to pay for.
So what value are you creating?
If you do not know how to create value read this post: Don’t follow your passion, follow your effort
Financial potential is not all about the effort you are putting out into the world. Every dollar you make has the potential to work for you. If you create a automated money system you money becomes your employee and works for you to create more and more money.
Download the Automation Worksheet to see how to set up your system.
It has taken me a long time to comfortable in my own skin. For the longest time I watched television and Instagram and compared myself to the people that I was seeing.
I did not feel like my body was ripped enough. Or I did not make as much money as other people. I never became a lawyer or a doctor and just worked in the technology field.
But I started to change and you can change to. I started telling myself a different story. Practicing gratitude for the things I did have. And all the progress that I have made. I started reading books again and trying to advance my mind and my skills.
I started this blog and started teach other how to reach financial independence. Helping people identify what “Rich” meant for their own lives.
Hell I am still in the process of determining what my financial independence retire early number is. How much I think I would need to save in order to be financially free.
All I know is that the game is not over. You still have time to reach your potential.
Get out of your own head. I have been to more countries and see more concerts that the vast majority of humans on this planet. Potential is relative.
I have no debt. I am way ahead of most Americans in that sense.
Set yourself a goal and enjoy the process of getting there. And when you reach that goal dream bigger.
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