Put Up or Shut Up

Posted in Blog
07/10/2019 Mduduzi Luthuli

There is a potential hazard to achieving financial independence.

If you’re unhappy when you’re working and you blame your job for all your problems, you may struggle after financial independence if you’re still unhappy. What do you do when your biggest scapegoat disappears?

Unfortunately, the best thing about financial independence is also the worst thing; Financial independence gives you the freedom to do anything you want with your life.

It’s perhaps one of the psychological reasons why people don’t prioritise investing enough. If you were to do so and be successful, well now if you aren’t living the life you want, you only have yourself to blame.

We are all great at making excuses and fooling ourselves.  How many of you are putting off pursuing your big life goals because you “don’t have time” or you are “waiting until XYZ happens before you start”?

Do you say you don’t have time to go to the gym but somehow, you’ve been able to watch all the Game of Thrones episodes? When you achieve financial independence and you leave your job, you’re going to have all the time in the world.

That means those convenient little excuses that have kept you from feeling bad about yourself go away. You finally have to put up or shut up. You have to become the person you’ve planned to be (or already thought you were).

It’s amazing how a person’s image of themselves in their heads differs from the actions they take.

What’s a good use of your time when you don’t have a normal script to follow? What motivates you besides money?  What brings you happiness and fulfilment when the normal goalposts and measuring sticks people use no longer apply to you?

Find out now, and then work towards achieving it.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr

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