If I had $100,000…

I recently started reading “The 4-Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferris. The book is not about getting rich quick or anything like that. It’s about thinking differently about what you want out of life, about why waiting until you’re 65 to enjoy life, not just pushing through 40 years of working just so that you can sit around and do who knows what at retirement.

In his book, he poses a question, “If you had $100,000 in the bank, what would you do all day?”. My answer was almost immediate; “I would make websites.” And that’s when I really realized how great it is that I am where I am.

I am kind of a newbie with this stuff. I know markup pretty well, I can validate a site with little to no problems (even though I haven’t bothered with this one), and I have a pretty good eye for design, but I’m not the best. And I’m ok with that. My goal is not to be the best. My goal is to not stop getting better.

Another point Ferris makes in his book is to do things that you’re afraid of. If it’s failure, what’s the worst that can happen? I don’t like travel, as I have …but in August, I will be going to my brother’s wedding in Columbia, South America. Instead of being worried about it, I’m going to look forward to get better at speaking Spanish, and take advantage of an opportunity to overcome my fear.

I want to continue thinking about my life not as the pursuit of financial comfort, rather, what would I do if I were financially comfortable. Then I can ask the question, what does it look like to live that lifestyle now?


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