If you want financial independence, you’ve got to build something.
You can make good money working for someone else, but you will never own your time. And without an exit strategy, you are stuck on the corporate clock forever.
Almost everyone who is self-made and independently wealthy today is a creator. They’ve built something from nothing and so owned the profit.
There are other ways to early wealth and retirement: investment banking, high-finance, Wall-Street, Silicon-Valley, C/partner level at a big company, graduating from a top-25 business school…
But if you aren’t in those camps then there is only one clear path to independence: create something that you can build a business around.
We live under capitalism and money is freedom.
You can hate the game, but you’ve got to be a player.
If you don’t play, out of laziness or cowardice, then you’ll just end up token on the board getting shuffled around.
Instead of giving away all your time and energy to a corporation for a small return, you could invest in yourself and keep all the fruits of your labor.
Regular folks embrace mediocrity because they value security and comfort over risk and reward. But the greatest risk you can take in life is no risk at all.
Regular folks are too narrow to see the advantages of paying it forward, delaying gratification and reaping disproportionate rewards later.
If you follow a career for a while, it MUST have upside potential in the form of commission, equity or profit-share.
A ‘steady job’ with ‘good benefits’ is suicide. We don’t live in that world anymore.
Technology has most jobs rapidly approaching irrelevancy. The government is hammering high-earning employees with taxes. Upper-management is getting FAT and smoking big cigars while the minions are coming in on Saturday to secure their $5k bonus at the end of the year. Pathetic.
Our new world is FLAT. The internet has made anything possible for those willing to venture out. You don’t need capital, nor employees, nor office space. You don’t need the blessings of your superior. You don’t need a resume or a college degree.
You don’t need to pay to learn anything because the best resources are all free on the internet.
You have infinite tools and resources at your fingertips to create anything that you can imagine.
How are you going to pull these resources together and point them in one direction towards the money?
No one can do it for you; there is no secret formula.
Creators don’t follow blue prints made by others.
Figuring it out is the great contest of your life, until income is no longer a burden for you.
Where your ancestors faced iron and blood to win independence, you must face capitalism head-on to break your chains.
All you’ve got to do is stop pretending.
All you’ve go to do is stop talking.
All you’ve got to do is take action.
Put yourself out there and follow through.
The rest is up to you…