Are you any closer to financial independence today than you were a year ago? How about five years ago? Aside from the standard exceptions – job loss, divorce, death, etc. – do you have a legitimate reason if in fact you answered no?
The concept of financial independence has intrigued me for quite some time, but over the years, I’ve found that the obstacles that appear in my path to monetary wealth often parallel with hurdles in other aspects of my life. For example, I’ve aimed to lose upwards of 20 pounds over the last decade of marriage to return to my wedding day weight, but yet I found myself walking on a slow-paced treadmill without the actual benefits of cardio. There are other areas of personal growth that have stalled as well, whether it be finding time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys), being a better husband or playing more with the kids. Those are tangible items, of course, and don’t even begin to touch on the mental side of the equation.