Freedom is a beautiful thing. Live and let live. No person or institution using force to impose it’s will on another human being.
It’s a wonderful goal that we should all aspire to in our lives and in our dealings with others. Unfortunately though, for most, personal freedom remains a starry-eyed fantasy, an elusive “if only”. That’s regrettable, because it turns out that most of the shackles that enslave us are of our own making: self-limiting beliefs, a refusal to venture out of our “comfort zone”, and allowing fear of failure or fear of rejection by others control our actions.
To make matters worse, self-imposed financial shackles like suffocating debt and an uncomfortably high lifestyle burn-rate mean we often go to work each day not because we want to, but because we have to.
The first and most important step we must take to end this cycle of self-sabotage and achieve personal freedom is to free our minds. We can never truly be free as long as we are seeking approval and validation from others. This is much easier said than done because this requires undoing much of the “training” we have received since childhood. This is a BIG topic that deserves a post of it’s own but I’m going leave it there for now.
Once you get that right, I believe the second most effective measure you can take to achieve greater personal freedom is to build wealth. Financial freedom enables you to pursue your happiness, whether that means spending more time with family and friends or traveling the world and experiencing different cultures.
Financial freedom also empowers you to exercise your most fundamental, and consequential, voting right; the right to vote with your feet.
The pursuit of freedom is ultimately what this site is about. If this ideal is important to you as well, identify those activities that materially increase your freedom and spend your limited time and energy there. Let me give you a head start: politics and religion don’t make the cut.
In fact, most of what is generally accepted by society as important won’t make the cut. The truth is, “society” doesn’t give a damn about your freedom. Quite the contrary. They actually would just prefer a good citizen who falls in line and can easily be controlled.
Remove your self-imposed shackles. Free your mind and then invest time and energy increasing your wealth, and by extension, your freedom. I guarantee it will change your life. It has certainly changed mine.