Putting yourself out there is about moving past your insecurities. It’s about getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.

I’m uncomfortable writing blogs.

Uncomfortable posting on social media.

Very  uncomfortable speaking into a microphone in my tiny office and doing the new DUFFMONEY podcast.

But fuck it! I’m obsessed with Financial independence (FI) and am going to find a way to get there – it’s not an if it’s a when!

What is DUFFMONEY all about?

It’s about raising financial awareness.

Personally, I want my FI as soon as possible. I want it yesterday. And I want the same for anyone reading or listening to DUFFMONEY.

My relationship with money in the past, has brought anxiety and stress. How can I afford this or that? When can I get a job at home and not have to work weekends? How do I afford the bills and how will I secure the next job … blah blah blah …

I have seen this poor relationship time and time again with people I know socially or through work. And I’m here to tell you that your relationship with money can be improved.

DUFFMONEY focuses on money mindset, lessons learned, investing fundamentals.

If you are like me, you don’t want to work into your late 50s or even into your 60s. By setting some goals, this can be avoided. Then you can put your financial plan in-place and start heading towards FI.

Fuck the means to an end job and fuck having to do it until your late 50s or 60s! I refuse to accept this scenario! And I want the same for you!

What does FI even mean?

FI will have a different meaning for everyone. We are all different after all.

For me, it’s about working on my terms. I don’t want to retire but I do want to choose my own hours.

I want to spend every night in my own bed (well apart from holidays and weekends away). I want to be there for my wife and kids for every occasion. I want to wake up and do Brasilian Jiu Jitsu, take the kids to school, have breakfast with my wife and then go to work. I want to spend 6 weeks in Spain with my little family and soak up a different culture and learn a new language.

In fact they are not just wants, they are all musts! I must wake up and be happy everyday not just on a weekend.

How will I get FI?

Again, we are all different. We will all have different financial plans and strategies.

As I am writing this blog, I am 38. I will be FI at the age of 45. If not sooner. In fact, when I get some momentum with DUFF PROPETIES I’ll get there much sooner.

See below for my battle plan:

  • Index investing
  • Crypto assets – this is an addition and my main focus will be ETH (Ethereum)

For more on my battle plan and how I’m going to get my FI, you can read a copy of my new book – FI Money: Learn the hard way, teach the easy way.

If you want an incentive to focus on your FI, have a good think about the state pension you will receive later in life – State pension.

Book of the week: Change your mindset, change your life, Garrain Jones. This book is for anyone who has ever been knocked down and found a way to get back up again – personally, I love a comeback story. A really good read and a book that I will be re-reading.

For a hard copy visit the excellent Imagined Things Bookshop: https://imaginedthings.co.uk/

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