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I Want to Be a Millionaire and Financially Independent

I Want to Be a Millionaire and Financially Independent

Do you know that moment when you achieve your wildest dreams? Obviously, you weren't thinking wild enough.

Growing up, anything was possible

Growing up, I wanted to be an astronaut. No really. After that, it was a professional baseball player and then a secret agent. When I was young, anything was possible, nothing was too ridiculous.

You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you.
— Isadora Duncan

Fast forward several tens of years, I find that I'm holding myself back. Not some unknown enemy I must overcome, my own mind. How self-defeating.

I am quick to criticize and ridicule every idea that comes to mind, big or small. An astronaut? Not a chance. I'm too out of shape, I'm afraid of heights, and I never went to college.

Small goals, big dreams

If I'm perfectly honest, I think it must be because I'm afraid of embarrassment. I know, that does not sound like a confident adult speaking.

Instead of risking embarrassment, I set small achievable goals for myself. So, I can feel successful. Not ever really achieving anything of note; certainly, not by my childhood standards. And worse, at times, I've flaunted those paltry achievements, making others feel bad about their own.

Setting my sights higher

If only I were confident enough to set my sights higher. On goals so unachievable that I would need a permanent supply of humility. It's hard to be prideful before reaching the top.

I would need to set milestones along the way, lest I succumb to burnout. But I would become a mental athlete, building stamina as I go. My childlike mind cheering me on, ever onward!

I want to be a millionaire and financially independent. There, I said it.

The fastest way to fail is never to start

It's not something I would have dreamed of in my formative years. Perhaps it's not as romantic as a professional athlete. But my priorities have changed. Childlike imagination, meet adult ambition.

I would let my humility defuse my anxiety toward embarrassment, and help others achieve their goals along the way. By never achieving my ridiculously lofty goals, but always trying, I would meet others with similar audacity.

I was wild once. I remember being wild and carefree.

I want to be wild again.

So, what if I fail? The fastest way to fail is never to start.

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