< DadBodfi >
Crack a Beer. Crack a Joke. Crack the code to Financial Independence.
Share what you know, ask what you are missing.
I love sharing with others and thankfully that is what this community is about. This concept of shared information towards a goal is one of the foundational pillars of FI. I’ve spent about 8 years in the “real world” and taking that approach isn’t easy because we live in a world where your key differentiators, the special tips and tricks you use to succeed, make you better than the next guy.
We all want to be wildly successful but it seems that success comes at the expense of those around us. We are trained not to share what makes us unique for fear of losing our edge. The beautiful difference in the FI community - you give to get. I come away with much more as a result. So in a way it is still about doing a little better than the next guy, but the big difference - tell the next guy about it so he can do better too.
The most exciting part of this won’t be realized for 20 years and I’m not just talking about the earnings from the VTSAX. We get to be different, not just for ourselves but for our kids. I get to convey what I learn to my son, after all being the custodian of sage advice and fatherly wisdom is one of my duties as a Dad.
We can only hope that ten years from now the idea of FI and the way of thinking that accompanies it will have a massive following. It takes effort and intentional action at every turn and I believe most people aren’t searching or will simply disengage when presented with the choice - something JCool pointed out in a post last week. Hindsight is 20/20 and for us that means we have the opportunity to give our kids the greatest advantage of all: Time.
A few months ago the three of us were sitting in a garage having “normal” Dad conversations: talking about how to use mind tricks to get our kids to do what we were asking, the best place to position your fan so that the garage stays cool for football games, and the age-old tradition of the perfect burger. Now our conversations are changing - we are sharing ideas and resources and relentlessly pursuing the knowledge that will take us to the next level. Needless to say we are excited for this new “normal.”