There is always a start to a story, this is ours….
For years we have both had niggling questions in the back of our minds… are we wasting our lives sitting at this desk? Are we really happy? What are we doing? Where do we want to be in 5 years? Or 10 years? Can I do this for another 30 years?
We had dreams and goals and continued to work up the corporate ladder working longer hours earning more money, funding bigger dreams. We had a 2 bed flat in London and filled it with furniture, art, clothes, sports equipment, tons of kitchenware and lots more.
A health scare in 2015 was the wake up call for us, all those dreams, our jobs and all our stuff faded into insignificance. We knew we should be spending more time together and less time at work. We realised we were in the rat race, cranking that wheel for someone else’s benefit and that we wanted to get out. We were still to find what makes us truly happy.
At the start of 2016 we came across the book, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. It reinforced and confirmed the questions that were now bubbling up in our heads. In short the book’s answer was education, coaching and mentoring to create a self sustaining passive income and to eliminate the active income (your job). It motivated us into action.
Kiyosaki is heavily into real estate, so we began listening to the Property Podcast everyday by Rob & Rob. We spent 5 months researching and educating ourselves and nearly took the dive, but we didn’t for a number of reasons.
We felt a little dejected; we could have given up but as luck would have it, we received a marketing email from the Rich Dad website about paper trading. We watched the 2 hour video by Andy Tanner (a Rich Dad advisor) and he managed to explain a relatively complex option trading strategy in a very simple way. Without wanting to lose any motivation we took the leap and signed up to learn more.
We didn’t expect to go down this path, but it presented itself and we were open to new ideas so we followed it. Since then, it’s been a year of education and we’re now starting to the see the fruits of our efforts.
Don’t ever think that you can’t do or change something, as Pema Chodron says, “just where you are, that’s the place to start”.