When you were a kid you had all the time in the world but no money so you had to limit yourself. Now that you’re a grown up, you have a lot more money but no time. Sounds like a catch 22 huh?!
That’s how life is… At least, that’s what they want you to believe.
I want my life back. I want money and time. Unfortunately, when you work for a salary, you trade your time for money. So you’re screwed.
But I have an escape plan! I want to retire from the rat race at or before 45 years old.
My Volkswagen Blues dream
I’d like to do a great road trip across Canada and USA with one of these old Volkswagen campers. It has always been one of my greatest dreams. I want to see my country. I want to see Yosemite Park and search for gold in Alaska. I want to walk the Appalachian trail. I want to see Vegas and Disney World. I want to see Seattle and Vancouver. I want to see Cap Canaveral and South Carolina.
But, I don’t want to do all of this at 70 years old. When I’ll be that old, I’ll play cards in my wheelchair with my friends.
I want to do it now! But, I can’t! I work… All the time… And with 3 weeks vacations per year, I can’t fulfill my dreams.
And these are only a couple of my many dreams.
I’d like to visit Europe. I want to see a great medieval castle. I want to see China and Egypt. I want to do a motorbike road trip like Che Guevara in South America. I want to live by the sea for a while. I want to write a great novel and to build a nice telescope to see all the marvels over our heads. I want to rent a Villa in Riviera Maya for a couple of months.
But I can’t… I work!!!
There is no get-rich-quick shortcut
We all one day seek for a get-rich quick scheme to quit the rat race and run for a better life. It took me quite some time myself to realize that I wouldn’t become millionaire by 25 years old. I thought I could invent the next great app or write the next horror best seller like Stephen King. But it didn’t happen. Maybe I had talent. Maybe not. But one thing for sure is that I spent a lot of time fighting to make my place in the jungle of work.
I have also spent (read lost) a lot of time thinking about how I could become rich very fast. I have read tons of books on the subject just to finally realize that the only one who’s making money is actually the author of the book.
Building wealth takes times and patience! I took me 32 years to finally understand it and believe it. Unfortunately, if I would have been wiser sooner, I could probably be financially free by now… but to acquire wisdom, one must make mistakes first! And I have made a lot.
I have wasted my money on stupid things because I thought I deserved to have a little fun in this life with all the hard work I do. But, that time is over!
The most valuable asset we own is time
I now understand that the most important thing I could buy is my freedom. Nothing is worth more than my time on this planet. Everyday the clock is ticking faster and faster and I realize that I will never see these days, hours and minutes again. I sold them to my employer to feed myself to stay alive so I could still work for my employer to feed myself so I could go back to work again and feed myself again… And the cycle goes on and on…
I have a very good job and I know I shouldn’t complain. I work hard. I have a steady above average income. I have a shelter and good food to fill my belly. That’s a lot more than most humans on this planet have.
That is why I give a lot to others. I give to charities. I give to people living in the streets. I also help people around me to solve complex or easy problems. I also try to help my colleagues or employees under my supervision to become better at what they do and to reach higher positions.
But anyhow, what I crave for is freedom, financial freedom. I want to own my time so I can make more good around me, so I can take care of my family and spend more time with the people I love.
Love, health, time and freedom. These are the most important things in life once your belly is filled with good food and that you have a shelter over your head.
My escape plan
If you are looking for a get-rich quick scheme than you are at the wrong place. My plan is going to take some time.
I want to own a forest. And in order to own that forest, I have decided that I would plant a single tree first and take care of it. Then I will take its seeds and plant them too. I will also plant another tree every year and take all the seeds of all my trees and replant them. I will do that for years. It’s going to take time, but I will eventually own my forest.
That’s an image. I won’t really plant trees! My land is too small. But I buy dividend stocks. They are like trees. They yield me dividends that I can reinvest to buy other dividend stocks!
All these dividends are growing like trees yielding more dividends each and every year.
This is mainly how I’m going to build my wealth. This is my escape plan. I could have chosen anything else but that’s the strategy that best fits me.
Dividend growth investing is not difficult. But it’s not easy neither. Anyone willing to read a little and learn how to analyze securities could do the same with some work.
What about you? Would you like to own both your time and have money to fulfill your dreams? What would you do?
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://quityourdayjob101.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ID-10050051.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Hi, my name is Allan. I’m the masked blogger. Like you I’m a modern slave, prisoner of a 9@5 job in Corporate America. They told us when we were young that we would live in a society of leisure and that technology would permit us to work only a couple of hours per day. But we live in a society of stress and uncertainty. My situation could be a lot worse and I know it. So many humans are suffering on this planet. But a golden cage remains a cage anyway. At least, I have an escape plan. I will retire before 45 years old over my passive income. This is a dream that is so powerful that I will make sure it happens. To build my wealth, I mainly invest in undervalued dividend growth stocks. [/author_info] [/author]
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