A third of 2015 has already passed by and I’ve decided to take a look at my achievements so far and I also updated my passive income table at the same time. Time flies… And one thing I have discovered and finally understood since I started this journey is that time is our most precious asset yet we trade it for misery.
You can’t buy time. You can’t save it in a chest to use it later. Time just flows and doesn’t care about you or me.
But we get older… and many of us would want their life to change yet we do the same things everyday. We grab a fast coffee in the morning, we hit traffic and then sit in our office for 8 long hours doing the things we were doing last month, last year, yesterday and that we will be doing tomorrow and two years from now… We are machines… We trade our time for money so that we can buy food and a shelter to make sure that were fine and that we will come back tomorrow. It’s not by doing the same things everyday that things are going to change… they will just remain the same.
We finish school, postulate for a job and accept a salary without ever knowing what’s the true value of our time. If you would die in three weeks and would know it in advance, would you accept 20$ an hour for your time? Would you even go to work?
The value of a resource depends of offers, demand and availability of the resource. For the riches, your time is a renewable resource. If it’s not you it will one of the billions out there. But for you, your time is finite. You have a set amount of time to spend. You don’t know in advance how much you have, yet you spend it graciously as if it would last forever.
I would have a lot of better things to do in life than to go to the office everyday. There’s so much to discover about life, about our planet. There’s so much to read about and to learn about. There are so many places to see, so many people to meet, so many stars to look at…
Who look at the stars nowadays? There has been a blackout in Boston several years ago and tons of people were calling 911 because they were scared of the sky. They had never seen so many stars in their life so they were thinking that something bad was happening.
When was the last time you took the time to look at a sunset?
We live our life at the speed of light but rarely take the time to enjoy the planet we live on, to celebrate life.
Can you name all the wild animals that live in your country? I’m not talking about squirrels and racoons… Have you ever seen a linx or a wildcat in the wild? Have you ever seen a black bear live in front of you? Can you differenciate trees in the forest? Do you know their names?
We live on a planet yet most of us have never seen anything except our neighbourhood, our school, our office and the city we live in and around us. That’s where TV comes. We don’t need to go here or there… let’s just turn the TV on…
Most might not care about that but I do. It’s something missing in my life. I want to slow down time. I want to take the time to see things, to see places, to see wild animals, to look at the stars and be able to name constellations. I want to have the time to see my future child grow and to know him or her. Why would a teacher know my child better than me??? Isn’t there something wrong here.
I got rid of TV in 2013 and I don’t miss it. I prefer being outside and see things by myself. People are always asking me : “but you don’t listen to the news???”.
No, I don’t. Take a break of it and then go listen to it again. It’s always the same thing. They show us all the bad things happening around the world. War, homicides, accidents, blood, catastrophies and if they don’t exist they create them… “if this or that happens then things will get worse and it could be the end of the world”… Medias want us to live in fear. They need to create suspense so that we stick to our TV to see what’s next. That’s how they make money. They don’t talk about the good things. I was tired of that. Trust me, it’s a relief to stop listening to them. It’s all crap.
And anyway when something big happens, there’s always someone to tell me.
Our society has become crazy. I don’t know about you but I’m always under the impression that I need to run and go faster. Files are pilling up on my desk, deadlines are approaching too fast, traffic is too slow, waiting at the Mart for a cashier to be available is too long even though they have tons of cashiers…
Late in 2013, aged 32, I decided that I had to do something to change my life. I just had enough. I had no clear goals, no view for my future except being a 9@5 slave and I couldn’t stand it anymore. I need to drug myself with two or three coffees everyday to sustain that way of living. Sometimes I need energy drinks because coffee is not enough. Anxiety is building up and one day I’ll have an heart attack and it’s gonna be over.
That’s not what I wanted my life to be. But in life, like my dad once told me, you don’t always do what you want, you do what you can.
My dad had chosen to accept is “destiny”. He kept a job he hated for all his life and waited until he reached is pension plan elligibility date to retire. Fortunately enough, he was elligible at 55. That won’t be my case.
He’s retired for a little more than a year already and he’s a new man. He’s always smiling. He has tons of projects and he finally feels and look alive!
I’m happy to see him like that. I always imagined my father as a grumpy old man sitting on his porch all day long yelling about the darn government! He’s not that guy anymore. That’s what freedom has made of him! He takes the time to enjoy life. He does a lot of sports and activities. He builds furnitures and he even invented an apparel for his kayak and sold a couple to kayakers he met during his rides.
I don’t want to wait until I’m 70 to live my life. I want to live it now or as soon as possible. I want to have more control over my life but in order to do that I had to change a lot things and it’s not easy to change who we are.
I first had to admit that I had a lot of control over my life and that if I was where I was, it was 99.999999999% my fault. This has been though. We all want to believe that it’s the fault of someone else or God. But it’s not. We are responsible of our life.
I also had to understand that there are still ways to make money even though huge corporations are taking most of the room. Maybe starting a coffee shop to fight against Starbuck and Tim Hortons is not a good idea but there are smaller and more realist things to do. I just didn’t understand that a couple of years ago. I had the feeling that my only possibility to make a living was to work for someone. I am not an entrepreneur. I’ve never been. I don’t have contacts and networks and never liked to build such things. I like to meet people for who they are, not for what they can give me or for what I can take from them…
I now know that even without contacts one can make money and operate a small business nowadays.
Two years ago, I really didn’t know how to make money except by selling my workforce and jumping into the 9@5. I’m still not good at it and I still need to learn a lot but I now know of a lot of ways to make money. I just have to find the right recipe that suits me well. But better, I now know how to generate passive income. It’s the most precious way to make money as it does not involve our constant presence.
I still don’t make a lot but I’m proud of what I have achieved so far and I love to see it grow every month. It’s passive income. This means that it’s income that should repeat every year with minimal to no efforts from myself at all. Passive income is a lot harder to build than active income. I could have written for magazines or sold my workforce but that’s not my goal. I already have a full time job paying me well. What I want is to build passive sources of income.
One day, I’ll live off these sources of income and reach freedom!
Here are my achievements so far :
|dividends and stock sale||374,72$|
1184.02$ or 3,24$ per day
|Online income total||628,24$|
|Dividend income total||583,12$
1211.36$ or roughly 6,69$ per day