This world is freakin’ crazy, you guys! My Facebook feed keeps blowing up with people’s disdain towards Trump or Hillary, but at the end of the day, individually, we are just one vote. The only thing we can really control is ourselves.
Presidents will come and go, we’ll like some policies and hate others, but people who have chosen a path towards self sufficiency realized that we need to stop waiting for a hero to save us and we need to start saving ourselves. If we start making decisions now, in our 20’s and 30’s, with the end goal being *self sufficiency* we can step off the rat race and spend more time on the things we love earlier in life. It doesn’t matter if you’re left-wing or right-wing, everyone can agree that the greatest scarcity we have is time.
But of course, the media wants us to think that people who choose a path towards self sufficiency are all crazy preppers awaiting the apocalypse. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Some people, like my bf and me, chose a path towards self sufficiency to free up our time and be able to do whatever we want. If we want to work, cool, if we want to work on startup ideas, that’s cool too. If we have a kid and want to take a year off – that’s fine. We should have these options, but the most stress free way to make these decisions is to be financially independent and self sufficient.
Self sufficiency can be achieved many different ways, but here are a couple of tips that have worked for us:
- Start thinking of your ROI not just your salary when considering a job offer. I’ve had companies offer me $50K/yr but it required me moving to San Francisco which was a no-go. By the time you factor in $2k/month in rent and a Starbuck’s latte, I’d be broke. Now, $50K in a place where I can afford to buy a house within my means is more like it. It might not be in the coolest city, but trust me, nothing is cooler than being able to do whatever the hell you want. It’s a little sacrifice of coolness for a lifetime of freedom.
- If you can find a remote job, that’s even better! You can live wherever you want – but instead of moving to Thailand, consider this option: find some cheap land in a beautiful rural area with gigabit fiber optic internet so you can stop paying rent, be immersed in nature, and start building a foundation. We ended up settling down in Lake of the Ozarks where one acre can run as little as $1K! How to Find Cheap & Beautiful Rural Land With Fiber Optic Internet
So far, our path towards self sufficiency has been like putting together a rubik’s cube where it looks like a hot mess right before it comes together beautifully at the end. I’m not going to lie – it was really tough in the beginning, but every day is better than the one before. And that’s how life should be.
For further reading, check out my friend’s post: Sustainability is Political Freedom and Peaceful Protest