The One Question That Will Change Your Life

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The One Question That Will Change Your Life

What do you want?

Most people never ask themselves that question. Most people think about what their parents wants, what their GF wants or what their boss wants. 

Around 2011 I started to ask myself: “What do I want?”. I was 24 years old at the time. One weekend when I was hangover after a wild party, I remember I thought “Is this it? Am I spending my life every week working and studying so much, only to waste my potential every weekend?”. I felt that I lived someone else’s life. I lived the life society expected from me.

But if I didn’t start living for myself, when would I? In one year? Three years? Five years from now? Ten? 

That day I promised myself that I would be a completely different version of myself ten years later. Now 9 years later I must admit that this wake-up call changed me. I was wasting lots of money at the time. I had brand new clothes, the newest gadgets and were pretty much living paycheck to paycheck.

9 years ago I started to change slowly. What everyone else wanted of me didn’t matter anymore. I knew what I wanted, and I was going to get it. I didn’t knew about financial independence at the time, but I understood that saving money was the way to go. One thing led to another and I naturally discovered minimalism

At the time I was trapped. If I earned $1,000, I spent $1,000. If I kept on living like that I was never going to be free. As I said I didn’t knew about FI back then, but deep down inside me I longed to be free from what 90% of people do. I knew that working 40 hour work weeks wasn’t something for me. I wasn’t going to save the world by working 9-5. I wouldn’t unleash my potential working as a cubicle slave. 

What’s stopping you from doing what you want? What’s the real reason your dreams are stashed in the bottom drawer?

I’ll tell you.

The answer is fear. You’re afraid.

If you quit your 9-5 to start a business, travel the world, become a monk or open a surf school in Bali, you have nobody else to blame. No one told you to do it. You did it all on your own and that means if you fail you’ll have to stand up and admit to the world that you fucked up.

You’re afraid.

Guess what? I am too. That’s why I’m staying in the 9-5 until I’ve saved up $500,000. Only then do I dear to step out of my comfort zone. I think that because I’m only 2 years away from reaching financial independence, I feel it’s way safer to just stay those 2 years and then take the leap of faith, than to jump off the cliff now.

So I’m not the toughest guy out there, I’m not quitting my job immediately. But at least I’ve made a plan for how to get out.

That’s at least something, and probably better than most people who never plan anything at all.

Everyone feels fear. It’s normal. Fear is good. It keeps us aware. It tells us something big is about to happen.

Fear can be our greatest enemy or our greatest inspiration. Only you can choose if you want to run from it or overcome it. If you want to run from it, close this blog post and go back to whatever you were doing. If you want to overcome it, ask yourself a new question: “What’s the worst that can happen?”

If you packed it all in and went full speed towards your dream today, would you die? Would life be over?

When you define your worst case scenario, you may find you have very little to lose. You may, in fact, be living that worst case scenario already.

Do you want to change your life?

Decide what you want.

Financial independence? A healthy body? More knowledge?

Overcome your fear.

Come and get it.

The world is ready to serve you.

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7 Replies to “The One Question That Will Change Your Life”

  1. route2fi says: Reply


  2. What we want, what our life purpose is, what are our values and beliefs, these are all important questions that many busy people miss to answer. Great post 🙂

    1. route2fi says: Reply

      Thanks amigo!

  3. Estoy empezando este camino, entre el Monk, Tony y tu blog espero encontrar todo lo necesario para planear mi futuro.
    32 años, 26k net worth. I need to fucking put my sh¨t together and start doing it!

    1. route2fi says: Reply

      Let’s go! FI is near ?

  4. Great article – a definite must ask for anyone pursuing FIRE!

    1. route2fi says: Reply

      Thanks, Liz!

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