For the last few weeks I’ve been a little perplexed and possible even a little frustrated. It is in regard to the battle Shelley and I faced while trying to overcome financial difficulties. We spent eight years fighting our way through one battle after the next trying to educate ourselves and find opportunity with very little on our side except determination. I wish we had someone to help direct us through the learning process, but there was no one. I wish we had someone who could have put us into a few good deals, but we had to scratch them out ourselves and then figure out how to get them done with very few resources.
During this time, we sacrificed all but the barest of necessities. We literally “risked” everything of value that we had. Sold things, mortgaged things and set aside most of the things we enjoyed, things that consumed most of our productive time. We both worked jobs that paid less than 8.00 per hour. Our kids even scolded us to go get real jobs! lol, from teenagers. How’s that for irony!
Occasionally I questioned our big adventure. Especially at times when our kids had to do without because of our decision. We had to watch them do without things that all their friends had. We had to try to explain how a load of sheet rock was more important than a nice TV. They were all pretty good sports about it, but it was still painful for us to put them through that when they were young. In the end, Yes, we were able to build our business and become millionaires. Along the way, we still never found a true mentor to help, We did find a couple of peers who were also in the business. They have become the most cherished of allies to us. At least we are able to share common experiences, difficulties and successes.
SO……….. on to my frustration. We have spent several years now trying to pass on our knowledge and experience to others who say they want to learn what we have become so good at. Well, that sounds sincere. However, after pouring hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours into this effort, we are mostly met with suspicion concerning our motives. The fact is that we’ve pushed our boulder up the hill and over the top. There’s very little motive for us other than seeing our friends also find some level of financial freedom for themselves.
At tis point, I think I’ll continue encouraging others and writing my posts on wealth creation. I’ll enjoy sleeping in on Monday because I can. That’s my tribute what it means to be financially free (at least to me). I’ll continue to look for others sincere enough to commit to their own wealth creation journey no matter how large or small. I’ll enjoy the feeling of making a difference in the lives on people on the other side of the planet. I’ll continue developing friendships with people who are making the journey with us.
My goal is to provide knowledge and opportunity. Mostly I’m finding that there’s not really much interest in opportunity and even less interest in knowledge. At least when it comes to a commitment to creating financial freedom.