As readers know, this blog seeks to make $0 ever…but today’s post is all about why I do this: seeing peoples’ financial lives change in ways that greatly enhance their overall lives. Especially if it helps someone live vigorously – seeking financial freedom in order to serve others.
And every time it happens, it renews my faith in human potential. This time was no exception. I fight to see a world where everyone can live out their purpose and organize their lives in ways that allow them greater freedom.
Recently, a friend caught up with me and our talk turned eventually to finances. Like me, she wants a fulfilling job and the freedom to select or decline any job without focusing on compensation, because that would free her up to do great things in the world. She’s imaging the possibilities she would like to explore.
Putting Purpose First
So I asked: what’s stopping her? Had she considered “early retirement,” or perhaps saving a bit more, and then living off of the returns? She’s a wise saver, and a high earner, so she had been saving for years – even without focusing on it quite as much as personal finance bloggers or internet retirement geeks. (Not everyone is an engineer who reads Mr. Money Mustache.)
Like me, she works in a fast-paced career and saves, but probably put “retirement” on autopilot years ago, like some fancy thing that one day, somewhere down the line, you’ll need to think about – decades before arriving.
I encouraged her that she could, in fact, achieve her goals much earlier, and shared a story of a friend who is already living that dream. She asked more, I sent her some links, like this one, and hoped the best for her and her life.
A Changing Life: Towards Financial Freedom and Purpose
A few weeks later, she sent me a surprise message: she had, like so many, become obsessed with how to achieve financial freedom. She dove into Mr. Money Mustache, began plotting her net worth for the first time and learned how long it would take to arrive at financial freedom. She created spreadsheets. After calculations, she realized she’s far closer than me, and may even reach her goal within a few years or less, especially with a few lifestyle changes. She could pursue her true calling, and her husband would be free to pursue things he loves, like design and farming ventures.
So, she began her own financial freedom journey – and it’s my sincere hope that somewhere out there, down the line, many more will benefit from her wisdom and energy once as it is put more squarely in the service of other human beings. And taking the world on a more sustainable path.
She may even begin a blog. (And if she does, I look forward to sharing it with all of you who have encouraged me so much along the way!)
Which Brings Me To My Purpose
I started Finances With Purpose in hopes of doing exactly this: motivating others to find their purpose and/or calling in life, and achieve it – now – by doing the necessary financial work. I hoped that, some day, someone would actually read this and perhaps, by chance, be moved through one of the stories I could share to make changes in his or her own life.
And really, my purpose isn’t limited to finances, either: it’s much broader, but I am particularly passionate about finances, economics, and settled upon this since finances touch upon so many areas of life. (There’s a reason Jesus talked more about money than about heaven.)
But I never imagined it would happen so soon, so directly…and in my everyday life. While it isn’t finding God, I am happy that, perhaps, in some small way, I could be a small part of someone’s story on their journey towards a more fulfilling life. A more sustainable life. A more joyful life.
As the motto here goes, life is lived for a purpose, and money is just a meansIf only one person gets there, in part, because of this blog, and that person passes along those life lessons, then it’ll all be worthwhile…