About a year ago I was drifting about without any clear direction in life. Heck, I didn’t even have a job at the time and the search for one was difficult to say the least. Fastforward one year and that very same fellow now has only one clear goal in life: financial independence, preferably before the age of 40. Full steam ahead from here on out!
So you’ve started your own journey towards financial freedom or even early retirement, but progress is slow and your motivation is dropping day after day. Reading tons of blog posts from your favourite personal finance writers has definitely taught you a lot, but putting theory into practice yourself turns out to be more difficult than previously imagined. You feel like a fish out of water.
Judging by the numbers of comments and e-mails I receive every day, there’s a lot of folks out there looking for information on financial independence and how to achieve it, preferably sooner rather than later. Of course, for every believer of financial independence and early retirement, there are a thousand non-believers out there. I’d like to respectfully call these people cavemen.
A couple of days ago I found out I actually really like my current job. That shouldn’t be too weird now, would it? It is weird though, mainly because I’m one of the laziest people on the entire planet. I absolutely hate putting in any effort at all to reach a goal, unless it is of direct benefit to me. Hyperefficiency is the name of the game, so why in the world would I enjoy a demanding job with lots of unpaid overtime?
That right there, my dear readers, is the Belgian stock exchange, currently home to the Euronext Brussels. In front of its 150-year-old building you see a 120.000 people-strong labour demonstration, probably one of the biggest in post-war Belgium. Since my office is right around the corner I decided to take a sneak peek during lunch. Not liking the grim atmosphere, I hastily returned though. That was one malcontent mob, I tell you!