If you haven’t had a chance to read any of Tim Ferriss’s work, I highly encourage you to check it out. One of my favorite books and one of Tim’s most popular is The 4-Hour Workweek. This book really set the tone for how I view work (jobs) and generating income. I see a job as only the initial way to generate income in your life so that you can save and invest to build additional income streams that can eventually replace your job as your main source of income. 4HWW doesn’t go quite to the early retirement extreme that is popular on blogs like Mr. Money Mustache, but it is does introduce the idea that work don’t have be viewed as required, but as optional. In Tim’s most recent book, Tools of Titans, Tim provides cliff-notes for how the most successful and high performing people approach their lives. One of my favorite aspects of this interview style book is that Tim often asks the contributors what is one message they would like to put up on a billboard for the world to see. The answers are quite inspirational and also give you a quick peek into the guest’s personality and purpose. I had an initial response to this question myself but I have a new one now.
It’s Independence Day! Or the 4th of July. But I prefer Independence Day. To me, calling it the 4th of July cheapens the true intent of the holiday. Sort of like Memorial Day sales. I love capitalism, but certain parts of it like the extravagant commercialization of holidays tend to irk me sometimes. Maybe it’s just a sore spot for me, but one of my favorite periods of history to study is the American Revolution. Ask me who the top 5 best Presidents are in our history and I’ll list off our first 5: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe. In that order. They literally created the United States. Everyone since then is just riding on their coat-tails.