Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

Independence. Freedom. These are values that all Americans support. As investors, we believe that freedom includes financial freedom - the freedom to live our life as we choose because there is enough financial security to do so.

But exactly what is financial freedom, financial independence? And how do we attain it?

If you are like me, summer is a wonderful time to catch up on more reading on topics of interest. So here is another book recommendation for you, dear Blog Readers: Lifeonanaire: Real Prosperity by Steve Cook and Shaun McCloskey.

"Life -onaire," like "millionaire," but with the emphasis on LIFE, rather than money.

Lifeonaire is the subject of some special training that the Real Estate Association of Puget Sound will offer this month to its real estate investor members in a special three-day retreat. For more information, go to

The book itself is written in the form of a story, taking its characters on a journey of financial self-discovery. The premise is that debt enslaves the borrower, and to truly live a prosperous, abundant and financially free life, one must focus on the things in life that are most important. Too much time may be spent chasing after money, instead of after one's passions. Simplify and de-clutter your life. Focus on what you want. Do not believe everything about the American dream.

My favorite quote on money and happiness comes (not from this book, but) from Jonathan Haidt:

“Those who think money can't buy happiness just don't know where to shop … People would be happier and healthier if they took more time off and spent it with their family and friends, yet America has long been heading in the opposite direction. People would be happier if they reduced their commuting time, even if it meant living in smaller houses, yet American trends are toward even larger houses and ever longer commutes. People would be happier and healthier if they took longer vacations even if that meant earning less, yet vacation times are shrinking in the United States, and in Europe as well. People would be happier, and in the long run and wealthier, if they bought basic functional appliances, automobiles, and wristwatches, and invested the money they saved for future consumption; yet, Americans and in particular spend almost everything they have – and sometimes more – on goods for present consumption, often paying a large premium for designer names and superfluous features.” 
― Jonathan HaidtThe Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Happy Fourth of July!

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