For most people, independence casts a vision of a solid financial foundation. It paints a picture of living freely, without the restraint of functioning under a paycheck to paycheck lifestyle. The idea of personal independence implies a personal financial freedom, a goal that ALL seek to achieve.
Contrary to what many may think, financial freedom for most is not about the treasures it brings. Financial freedom and independence is more so a means for chasing dreams and setting our footprints upon the earth in a way that will positively impact the world. As TradeSmart co-founder Joshua Hesse always says, “Poor people don’t build hospitals”.
To leave a positive footprint upon this earth, one must have solid financial footing. Good intentions can get you started in the right direction but being financially independent skyrockets your abilities to change the world around you for the better.
While reflecting upon these ideas and looking forward to our rapidly approaching Independence Day celebrations, I have also been in the history books, seeking the wise words and ideas of our founding fathers. The following words from our second President of the United States, John Adams, struck me with high interest.
John Adams encourages knowledge and wise choices and also acknowledges the power that comes from independence. With the words I have encountered in his many documented letters, I imagined what he might say to us today about our opportunities for liberty, independence, and freedom.
Dear Sir or Madam:
I cannot omit the opportunity of writing you by way of this post.
When a man is seated, in the midst of forty people some of whom are talking, and others whispering, it is not easy to think, what is proper to write yet I do so with my best attempts.
History is simple, but grave, majestic and formal. Letters, like conversation, should be free, easy, and familiar.
This letter will, I suppose, find you in some degree or other, under the influence of weighing opportunity and I request that you embrace it.
Our lack of independence has done us more harm than British Armies, Canadians, Hessians, and all the rest. We must conquer this formidable enemy without hesitation or delay.
We are not in a very submissive mood. I contend this will get no advantage of us.
We shall go on, with success I believe.
Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.
For myself, as I never had a regular tutor, I never studied anything methodically, and consequently never was completely accomplished in anything. But as I am conscious of my own deficiency, in these respects, I should be the less pardonable, if I neglected the education of myself or my children.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
The practice we have hitherto been in, of ditching round about our enemy, will not always do. We must learn to use other weapons than the pick axe and the spade. Our armies must be disciplined and learn to fight. Our weaponry shall be our minds, our efforts, our actions and our focus upon financial independence. The stock market WILL be our place of victory!
I have the satisfaction to reflect, that our Massachusetts people, when they have been left to themselves, have been constantly fighting and learning and freeing themselves from the slavery of the restrictions of debt, always with success. I wish the same valor, prudence, and spirit will be discovered everywhere.
You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to attain and maintain this independence we seek. Yet I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that posterity will triumph in our days transactions.
My countrymen want art and address. They want knowledge of the world. They want the accomplishments of gentlemen, upon which the world has set so high a value. In solid abilities and real virtues, they shall vastly excel.
These desires must be acknowledged, and we must produce the heroes, the statesmen, the philosophers, or we will make no great figure for some time.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power. Make the choice to become free. Be independent men and women with children being educated also on the freedom of financial independence.
Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge, of liberty and independence in our thoughts, lives, and finances. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. Let us dare to dream and act upon the desires of our hearts.