You get up two and a half million dollars, any asshole in the world knows what to do: you get a house with a 25 year roof, an indestructible Jap-economy shitbox, you put the rest into the system at three to five percent to pay your taxes and that’s your base, get me? That’s your fortress of fucking solitude. That puts you, for the rest of your life, at a level of fuck you. Somebody wants you to do something, fuck you. Boss pisses you off, fuck you! Own your house. Have a couple bucks in the bank. Don’t drink. That’s all I have to say to anybody on any social level.
John Goodman, The Gambler
Defined by some as being consumer-debt free and having at enough money in the bank to last you for at least six months with no money coming it, the notion of f#ck you money sounds quite appealing.
What’s the point of having f#ck you money? Well, besides the obvious, that you can say f#ck you whenever you feel like it, for any reason at all, there are a couple of added benefits to reaching this level of financial independence.
The other day my girlfriend came home from work quite sad. She wanted to quit her job, go back home to her parents, because life was quite unfair.
She had been working a lot. By a lot, I mean twelve hours every single day, and the pay she received wasn’t what she was expecting.
And I asked her, “Compared to what?”
I remember a time when I, too, felt that life was quite unfair to me. I was working fourteen hours a day to be able to earn enough to make ends meet. I thought the world was stupid, and that no one could see what I was doing, and that they didn’t want to appreciate my work.
Do you know what Disney, Microsoft, or Apple have in common?
They were all founded during a recession.
While these businesses are renowned for their brilliant, talented, and hardworking founders, they also had something else going for them – they were daring when others were overly cautious.
While everyone else feared failure and didn’t want to enter the market during a recession, the likes of Steve Jobs weren’t. Because of this, they set themselves apart as leaders and visionaries, and were able to grow their businesses during harsh times.
Doesn’t it sound familiar?
Are you holding back because of the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic?
Are you wishing for the economy to change, or the people at the top to pass certain legislation?
Are you waiting for someone to lend you a helping hand?
We often forget that changing ones life does not happen during a four minute montage. Yes, we could make a four minute montage of how we got into fitness and lost a lot of weight and ended up being shredded.
No, this is not how things go in life.
“Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor” ― Alexis Carrel
Change is a painful and slow process. You have to struggle against a million voices in your head telling you that you shouldn’t do this or that.
The act of bettering oneself is not to be taken lightly.