Things I’ve been thinking about lately
1. Talent for maneuvering
The smartest people are stuck in the middle. The people who are running things are the mediocrities.
Why is that?
Excellence isn’t what gets you up the corporate ladder. What gets you up is a talent for maneuvering.
Think of this the next time your “dumb” colleague gets a promotion.
Have you experienced this yourself?
Think of your friends. Have you ever wondered why some of them are stuck in a job they hate? And why the ones with extremely bad grades at high school now are making the big bucks?
While there may be several reasons to this, talent for maneuvering is probably one of the most important of them.
2. About thinking
Your first thought is never your best thought. Your first thought is always someone else’s; it’s always what you’ve already heard about the subject.
It’s only by focusing, being patient, letting all the parts of your mind come into play, that you arrive at an original idea.
The more you learn, the more you doubt what you’ve already learned.
How often do you sit down to think without any distractions nearby? Social media is just an elaborate excuse to run away from yourself.
You’ll see that your thoughts will be much clearer if you’re not constantly interrupted.
3. Living The Good Life
What is the good life?
What do you need to live the good life?
Our basic needs as humans are few: shelter, food and clothing.
Everything else, in reality is a want. However, distinguishing a want from a need is not so easy.
In addition to our basic human needs, these are the things I see as an absolute necessity to live a good life:
-my road bike
If I were the one to decide alone our apartment would be quite empty.
This tweet explains it the best:
Look around in your house.
All that clutter used to be money.
All that money used to be time.
It's not weird that most people are trapped in debt.
Chained to the rat race for the rest of their lives.
— Route 2 FI ? (@Route2FI) March 8, 2020
What I dream about is to be time-rich.
Free from labour. Free to think, to read, to write, to workout.
To own my own time.
That’s why financial independence is so important to me.
How does your version of the good life looks like?
I wrote more about the good life in som other posts.
You can read part I here: How Much Money Is Enough To Live The Good Life? Part I
You can read part II here: How Much Money Is Enough To Live The Good Life? Part II
4. Will I ever feel like “succeeding” in life or is life a constant work in progress?
This question ponder my thoughts quite often.
What is success? Is it what others see or is it something that you may only feel for yourself?
When do you feel successful?
I think and visualize a lot, and reaching financial independence is a scenario I’ve more than often thought about.
In aprox. 2-3 years I’ll reach financial independence. But what will happen next? Will this qualify to success? Or is life a constant work in progress?
Life often feels like a dangling carrot.
The carrot is always in front of you and no matter how hard you push, you will never reach it.
What is success for you?
5. Will life be any different when I’m financial independent, or is it merely an illusion?
Human beings are destined to be unhappy because they’re always wanting more. More things, more pleasure, more wealth.
Why am I fooling myself into thinking that financial independence will solve all my “problems” in life?
Yes, I may be free from working the 9-5, but to solve problems is an important part for the brain to remain healthy.
Is what I am doing today the same as what I want to do when I’m financial independent?
How will I keep my brain active when I’m no longer working a “normal” job? To be honest I don’t think this will be a problem at all, but it’s a question worth thinking about.
You will never be more happy than you already are today. So start living your life today and enjoy your path to financial independence.