Every now and then I have to remind myself of the purpose of this blog. At times I will develop the need to rant a little bit. Even then it usually has some thin connection to my purpose which is not so much about investing as it is about the lifestyle that investing can make possible. I’ve said many, many times that the process of investing is not the objective. It’s the investing that provides the resources which sustain the lifestyle. For me, that lifestyle is exemplified in my definition of freedom. Mainly, freedom from the need to work a 40 hour a week job.
To understand exactly why this is so vital for me, you have to understand just how suffocating it is for me to be locked into a routine of basically selling myself to an employer for a few dollars a day. And the money is not even the issue. It’s the time lost performing a job that does not lead to the achievement of my personal dreams, ambitions and desires.
I’ve stated before that one must increase their resources to fit their dreams or shrink their dreams to fit their resources. Ironically, even though we have expanded our resources quite a lot, I still find myself investing into my dreams at a level that requires me to continue expanding resources even more. It’s not a greed thing. It’s a big dream thing! Big dreams require big actions and big resources. There are times when I really wish I was someone who could enjoy a small, comfortable lifestyle. The problem is…..It’s just not me.
I think it is safe to say there are two parts to the purpose of investing or “entrepreneurship”. The first is that of defining the ultimate goal of your efforts. (to me it’s freedom to pursue my passions) The other part is the mechanics of the investing, or “entrepreneurship” that make that primary goal possible. It’s fascinating to me that we’ve been noticing that as we experience more and more freedom, we find that our investing and business activities are becoming more and more related to our passions.
As an example, where we started with basic residential real estate investing (which is not glamorous by any means) we are now becoming more involved with resorts, campgrounds and other recreational investments (still not necessarily glamorous, but certainly a lot of fun) Which all of that adds up to the lifestyle I spoke of in the beginning of this post.
I enjoy having a cup of coffee by the pool in the morning, visiting with some of the staff before they start their jobs for the day. I enjoy meeting and chatting with guests who are here to have a great time experiencing everything the Ozarks has to offer. I enjoy knowing that the business is in good, capable hands if I decide to hop in the Jeep with my wife and take off on a day trip someplace on a nice day. I enjoy waking up in the morning to find out that we have already made enough reservations that the daily business quota is already covered before we get out of bed. I enjoy the fact that all of that means I can go off and build a tree house cabin if I want to.
Freedom to enjoy life according to your definition of it!
That is what this blog is all about!