Decade Born: 1980’s
“Rise and rise again.”
Who do you admire the most? Or what inspires you the most?
It’s certainly not a person. It’s more of a group- the people who are able to do what they love and not get sidetracked by the day-to-day stuff. So having that work/life balance. You’re an artist, you probably love what you do so your work might be your life and that’s a good thing, as opposed to- coming from an office perspective- work is certainly not my life. My work enables me to go do things that I enjoy more. It’s a paycheck versus something I’m truly passionate about so I think that’s really the crux of it- being able to enjoy life outside of what I find necessary to do that.
I think a lot of my friends are kind of coming to that point. A few of us have bought houses- not many- and I think that’s certainly a generational thing for many factors. We’re not necessarily going to settle in one place, we want the flexibility to move around. I certainly don’t view this as putting down roots, but as an investment. Even with the whole student loan thing, there’s a financial aspect that a lot of people my age haven’t really worked through yet.
I would love to achieve financial independence. I don’t think I have it nailed down quite yet. Some of my friends are very active investors. One of them has gotten very deep into properties- I think he has ten properties- but his financial situation is a lot different from my financial situation so I can’t emulate that path regardless of the fact that I think he’s got the right idea. So going back to your question of who do you admire, I guess like that type of mentality. They’re taking a very long term view and making sure that they won’t have to do the grind everyday. They’re going to be able to stop the day to day work and let their fruit come to bear.