Tomorrow is July 4th- Independence Day, seems rather fitting to me. For the first time in my life, I quit a job without having a job to go to. What an amazing feeling.
Retirement: Before I go too much further, lets look at my definition of retirement, because many of us define the word a bit different
Am I leaving the workforce?: NO
Am I leaving technology?: NO
Am I moving to Florida?: NO
Am I going to be bored?: NO
Rather - I define retirement as that moment when you get to move from reaction to creation.
Obviously, that transition is not easy when you have to worry about money. To get to the point, where you can create more than you react, is a hard journey. But possible!
My creative mind is just beginning to open. I always have a ton of ideas flying through my head and I now have time to execute on these ideas. Trips, business ventures, recipes, reconnecting with friends, volunteering, learning, etc…..
This blog is just one of those ideas.
A lot of people are asking how I’m able to retire at 36:
Are you rich?
Damn, you’re old company must have paid you a boatload?
Did you win the lottery?
Are you nuts?
Those reactions stem from how our society views money. We have some baggage that we need to work on! It doesn’t matter how much money someone makes from their job without knowing how much money they owe someone else.
Almost anyone can do this. I say, ‘almost’, because it takes a lot of planning, dedication, and time.
Have you ever heard someone say,
“I’d do ANYTHING to lose 30 lbs”
When people say, “I can’t do it because I have 23 kids” or “I only make $20k a year” or “I can’t do it because I’m not good with money” …. all they are really saying to me is “blah blah excuse blah blah.” With a few exceptions, it is possible for anyone. Let’s defeat the excuses with some education and delayed gratification.
When someone really wants to learn, and is willing to take the time to relearn what they think they know about money, they will stop giving excuses.
What a Way To Retire!
Like anything, the earlier you start, the earlier you can retire.
The key is how you answer the question: ”What age are you planning to retire?”
Only you know the answer