What is financial freedom? How about true freedom?

What is financial freedom? How about true freedom?

It’s usual morning — I am drinking my coffee and checking my e-mail! Nothing extra-ordinary… at first… but suddenly one e-mail caught my attention. I noticed Quora’s daily newsletter that had fallen in my inbox— so called Quora Digest. After few seconds I found myself clicking on it and looking at this one specific answer to a question “How can I live the fast life by age 25?”. The answer about financial freedom and true freedom.

Before jumping into this answer, which made me write this post — I want to point out that quite often I get positively surprised how qualitative and well thought answers one can find on Quora!

Seems like people are playing some sort of a challenge game — They sit at their laptop and think:

Hmm, I will ask a complicated question about life, which can’t be easily answered, and I will have “won”, mwahahahaa!

Storm troopers
Imagine, there is even a picture of storm troopers on Unsplash

Luckily —the dark side seems to be losing in this battle — the answer is always there, and one such answer left me with no chance other than to share it through an article here!

One user asked “How can I live the fast life by age 25” and the top answer was perfect —it went through an example of fast paced life. Michael, the guy who answered, gave good examples and I couldn’t agree more with them.

The problem with “financial freedom” hunting and “living the fast life” is that there are many “fishermen” online. They are people who sell the dream of financial freedom (just so they could afford their own freedom) – and as the vicious cycle goes – these fishermen actually start succeeding because the bait is so attractive. Be careful.

A good example from the answer found on quora:

You don’t feel very free when you’re making $500,000 on Wall Street and your boss is making $2 million and your boss’s boss is making $5 million.

Money does help you to live better and forget about many problems. However, more money won’t make you more happy if you will constantly try to measure yourself up against others. That won’t buy you the true freedom.

How about True Freedom?

I agree with the the answer that the true freedom will start when you will stop measuring up to the expectations of others. When you will stop trying to impress people in your inner-circle each and every day. And when you will actually start doing what brings you joy, pushes away stress and just makes you happy in the moment moving you closer towards your goals and dreams.

Thank you Michael Kilcoyne — especially for the last part, which I have written below:

True freedom is when you come to this realization:

“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” — Steve Jobs

All millionaires, all genius people and everyone else who have placed a big mark in the history — they all have been breathing the same air as everyone else, including you!

In the end I want to share one of my all time favourite quotes by Henry Ford

“Whether you think you can or you can’t — either way you are right.”

Thank you for reading!

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