I’ve always loved the idea of being independent. From the time I was 10 years old, I was looking for ways to save some money from the small amount of change my parents gave me, or to do some tiny business, like selling candy to my schoolmates so I could get a few pennies for me. I knew if I had a little money saved I could just buy that comic book I wanted by myself, or that other video game I liked or some new strings for my guitar, and my parents wouldn’t be able to tell me “no.” Not that they would tell me “no” very often, but the choice was mine if I had the money myself, and that was enough to motivate me to find ways to make extra money here and there.
After all this years–I am 37 now– I didn’t change much. I was never very good at keeping jobs and mostly I have been starting businesses and doing freelance jobs since I was 20. But, despite my personal feelings about money, I believe that, in the times we’re living, the ultimate goal is to have financial freedom, maybe even more than any other kind of freedom. I believe we have, as a generation, already discovered that the world is too big to be trapped within one job, one career, one country, let alone one city. If we control our own supply of money, we’re free, we own our time, and we can decide what to do with it.
Most of my friends, and people I know around the world, are dreaming about going for some time to live to Asia, to South America, to Africa, to Europe, Mexico, USA, Australia, or to any place far away from where they currently reside.
It doesn’t matter if you are married and have children, in that case you may want to take your family with you, so the kids can learn another culture and another language; or, if you are single, you want to go and live some grand adventures so you can feel you are living your life to the fullest.
Entrepreneurship is growing and many people are trying their luck at selling something, starting some business on the side, doing some freelance job or at least dreaming of it and preparing themselves to find the right moment to start doing it.
For our parents and grandparents generation, these dreams of traveling far and finding adventure somewhere else on the globe, or starting a business on their own, running from the idea of the financial stability a real job will give you, was more or less an illusion. Most people were trapped, or self-trapped, in the idea of having a job, a family, a house, and living a little better each year and saving for retirement.
Maybe because of the housing crisis, the Internet era, social networks, the higher rates of unemployment all around the world, or everything that is happening together, we’ve learned that the old values of the “perfect” life are no longer valid. This has opened to us the doors and our eyes to find our future somehow in a different manner.
We’ve seen 22-year-old guys selling their companies (some of them without even make a dime of profit) for billions, and we’ve all read stories about Internet entrepreneurs, traders, marketers and all kind of people who are living the “great life” but began in a very similar ground of where you and I could be standing now.
The good news is that you don’t need to be the next Mark Zuckerberg to live an independent life. You don’t need a degree from an Ivy League school so you may enter in into this “elite” group of people, because there’s no gatekeeper here. And, yes, I know, because I’ve done it myself. Trading and the Forex market is a way of gaining this …the highly regarded financial freedom