My Journey Toward Financial Freedom: Understanding Theory vs. Executing Steps


I recently realized my some of most popular posts are focused on earning freelance money and financial freedom. I also recently realized how many people capitalize on this by peddling their wares, claiming they have the secrets and answers to unlocking that hidden treasure. All you have to do is attend their seminar.

Or buy their book.

Or join their email list.

Some people may be legit while others only know how to make money from those who are seeking the same. The problem is, everyone claims to be an expert. It’s all quite… embarrassing.

I’m not going to be a guy that haphazardly tosses around rocks in my glass house; while everything I do online is my passion, I’m still trying to make money here. Not so much for the purposes of being rich, but so I can quickly get back to the things that matter in life for me. That being said, I’m knee-deep in this struggle of both caring and not caring about money. This means I need to figure out the best way for me to accomplish my financial goals, ideally with the following criteria.

  1. My happiness will not be affected. This is a non-negotiable for me.
  2. I can attain my goals with the least amount of work possible. Screw hard work for the sake of hard work. Seriously. This is a BS notion handed down by people who want us to keep our heads down and be a cog in the machine. This doesn’t mean there’s NO hard work. But I do mean I don’t want to work hard unnecessarily. This is where efficiency comes into play.
  3. I won’t violate my principles. No, not everyone can be bought.

Now that I put this out into the universe, I’ll leave you with this: earning money is not a skill. If you’re attempting to become financially independent and exist outside of the confines of a 9-5 job, don’t look at money-making as a skill. It’s the result of other skills. However, you can still understand the principles of making money. This is where I think many folks fall prey to the snake oil salesmen out there claiming they have the answer to earning money quickly. People are looking for steps when they need to learn the theory.

This is the difference between knowing and understanding. Sure, steps get you started, but they keep you limited. You will ALWAYS need that person who knows more. Understanding gives you the freedom to apply knowledge to multiple areas. That sounds more like freedom to me.

Anyway, if you have stuck with me thus far, I will quickly mention four areas one should understand when trying to earn money independently. Over the course of the next couple weeks, I am going to focus on  these in separate posts. I’ve struggled in these areas, but have done a good amount of research on reaching beyond my natural limitations. I do this by understanding the theory behind the following:

  1. Execution
  2. Communication
  3. Networking
  4. Persistence
  5. Collaboration
  6. Letting Go (this one is actually exceedingly important)

Anyway, I hope you all get something out of this. I’m still learning (as smart as I think I am, I don’t know if I’ll ever stop), but I believe in being open. You better damn well believe I’m looking to profit from my blog, but hopefully I can share my experience of doing so and more along the way.

Go get’em tiger.

Peace out, party people.

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