Why Most Stumble In The Pursuit Of Financial Freedom

What school teaches us is education about the world. Every facet of existence is discovered, graduating us to become a fully fledged adult human being, designated to survive. It lays down the ground rules, teaches us how to reform our personality, maximize aptitude, all to fit into society.

Then the cord is cut, and we’re released into the uncertain volatile world out there.

What education fails to teach, is how to gain financial independence. How to earn, learn wealth management, invest, and save for retirement.

As a result, reaching financial security escapes many, once the purse strings are cut. What usually results, is jumping into the dark vacuum that is debt, starting with student loans.

What’s known is financial responsibility, is the most critical life lesson you can learn to live a life of freedom.

It’s cited as one of the most sought after goals in life, yet it’s rarely attained.

What’s needed is a blueprint to setup a life of success, as ultimately what life boils down to is eat, work, and sleep.

The quality of these life pursuits, depends on how you choose to lay down your financial path.

Rate Of Consumption

What everyone has are options, on how they choose to spend their money once they earn it.

Most purchases are consumable items, which includes the necessities for survival, such as food, transportation, and housing. Others include entertainment, vacations, and hobbies.

These items are considered staples to live another day, to exist on a daily basis. What they consist of, are items which satisfies Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

What everyone also has, is the option to use a portion of their income on investments, such as real estate, stocks, interest bearing bonds, or a passive business that produces revenue.

The Money Options

What choosing to spend on “consumption” items does, is results in reducing your total assets and net worth.

Choosing to spend on investments increases net worth. What everyone has is a choice, of either spending frivolously or saving for a rainy day.

The best spending behaviour, are those who chooses to maintain a balance between spending on consumables, while also investing their money.

Different Spending Habits

What needs to be known is the difference between consumption and investment spending, and choosing how to allocate the money. What’s required, is becoming mindful while spending.


What consumption spending does is satisfies your immediate lifestyle, such as buying a new expensive sports car you can’t afford.

This usually requires getting a loan, paying interest, going into debt, which becomes a liability. What investment spending does, is generates income.

Shades Of Grey

There’s also an area of spending that’s a “grey” area, as whether it’s consumption or an investment.

What purchasing a new home for instance, is considered by many to be an investment, while some financial experts claim it isn’t.

The house purchase is most likely mortgaged, so the repayments become a liability. The upkeep of the house becomes a costly expense.

There are insurance and taxes which are payable on it. For it to be considered an investment, revenue needs to be generated from it.

If the house is “flipped” in a few years to make a profit on its appreciated value, it’s then considered an investment.

What’s needed however, is purchasing another house to live in, so are you really any better off.

Investment Spending Needed For Building Wealth

To build wealth, what becomes necessary is making investments. The more that’s dedicated towards investment spending, the quicker the wealth will generate.

However, if too much goes into spending on investments, and not enough into consumption, what then becomes sacrificed is the quality of lifestyle, so there needs to be a balance.

Accumulation Over Time

The majority of people aren’t born rich. Those who inherit wealth, usually don’t appreciate it.

There are some who beats the massive odds and wins the lottery, but since they haven’t worked for it, most will quickly spend most or all of it.

The one thing everyone has in common, is the “time” clock is ticking away on their life, and considered an enemy to all. What it comes down to, is how you manage this time.

Option A, B, Or C

Say someone for instance who’s 21, manages to invest $1,000 every year, at an annual average rate of return of 10% percent.

By the time they reach 65, what’s accumulated is over $70,000, without doing anything.

Likewise, at the age of 21, someone invests $1,000 every year at a return of 10%, but also invests an additional $100 every month.

Once they reach 65, they’d be a millionaire, without doing anything.

Option “C” however is the path most people take, and that’s not doing either. The same amount of time passes, but what’s not accumulated is the wealth.

So the key to investing, is deliberately setting aside small amounts of money that’s affordable, and then allowing the money to accumulate, rather than spending frivolously on consumables.

Time And Investment

Most who are 21, doesn’t think about investing or have any idea how, even if it’s taught in school. The motivation just isn’t there.

What exists however, is wanting to earn as much money as possible. The theory of systematically investing every month to save for retirement, rarely occurs to them.

The perspective of investing, time, and the money accumulating once you reach 65, becomes distorted.

What’s preferred is making more money in less time, or hoping that lottery ticket comes through.

The Power Of Compounding

When investing, even if it’s just $50 a month, and the interest rate is 5% percent annually, there’s an additional factor at work that can generate income, and that’s compound interest.

Provided the entire return is reinvested, and participates in the same rate of return as the original investment, what’s realized is the magic of compounding, provided none of the money is withdrawn.