“Listen, if you don't talk big game, you never get anywhere. If you don't think big, you don't get big. Some people call it egotistical, some people call it high hopes, some people call it confidence. It's all in how you want to dissect it.” – Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, Born Oct. 31, 1968.
Let’s talk about vision. Let’s talk about what you want and why you want it.
What do you want to DO with your life? Don’t think about what you want to HAVE, but what you want to DO.
What’s the price tag on that? What’s that cost per day?
Now, how much money do you need to have in order to INVEST it CONSERVATIVELY and then pay that daily amount off the dividends?
That’s how much money you need. That’s it. Everything over that is butter. If you aren’t too materialistic or consumer-minded, that’s not going to actually be all that much money.
That’s the price of FREEDOM. And when you are free, and all your time belongs to you, and you won’t starve or get wet when it rains, you can do SO MUCH MORE.
Seriously, once you hit the PROPER goal of releasing as much of your time as you can, the work you continue to do anyway will begin making you almost an ANNOYING amount of money. Because it’s all extra. You don’t need it. It’s just there. It piles up.
Save some for the tax man. But the rest is yours.
To me, that’s success. Not a certain dollar amount. But when you have the cash to buy your freedom and sell back your societal shackles.
And while Rob’s sentiment in today’s quote is great, I advise the opposite. At least when starting out. Because superstardom is a long shot. Exploding and going big, even if you work your ass off, is a slim, almost negligible chance.
But think small. Think minimal. Think of how you can cut expenses, live frugally, still have a bit to splash out for celebrations and take a nice vacation now and then… but if you can do that, give up on the dreams of excess and just focus FOR NOW on the freedom FIRST, then chasing excess is way, way easier.
Start today. What do you want to do all day every day? Answer that, and put a price tag on it. Work up from there.