The original thinking behind being financially free was that you had to buckle down and be driven for years before being put in a position that allowed you to live the life you always wanted. That’s not necessarily required in the current economy. Today’s entrepreneurs have the luxury of having a personal life while sustaining themselves financially.
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If you planned on participating and thriving in Western culture, it required you giving up that which you valued most. It was a requirement unless you figured out another way to sustain yourself. Some have figured out another method of maneuvering within the matrix, and the way of doing so is no secret. Entrepreneurship is the primary way of building the life you’ve always dreamed of, and thanks to new innovative platforms, the term has been broadened to relative interpretation. In the traditional sense of an ‘entrepreneur,’ it was socially defined as someone who typically spent their days alone, on little to no sleep, burdened by their responsibilities, and the possibility of not succeeding after dedicating years of your life. For many, that still rings true, but fortunately, the ones toiling away are the ones who are helping expand the meaning of what it is to be an entrepreneur.
One type of entrepreneur is the ‘visionary’ or ‘conquering’ type, i.e., the Steve Jobs, Elon Musks, and Walt Disney’s of the world; who want what they’ve created to become the benchmark in their respective industries. Then you have the ‘comfortable’ types. The ones who decline excess and strive to earn enough money to where they do not have to worry about it. The second type is the ones sprouting everywhere in today’s ever-evolving economy. They’re the ones who value the intimacy of people and community and choose to share what they bring to the world, not primarily for financial gain, but with the goal in mind of making life better for the individuals, they encounter on a daily basis.
There is no shame in not wanting to live under the tremendous stress of a visionary like a Steve Jobs. A man of great ambition pulled away from his family by the tugs of creativity; only to be reminded at the end that his most impressive and significant creations were his kids. In a New York Times article titled, “With Time Running Short, Jobs Managed His Farewells.” Dr. Ornish, a close friend, recalled a conversation where he said, “I once asked him if he was glad that he had kids, and he said, ‘It’s 10,000 times better than anything I’ve ever done.’ ” With this insight into a highly admired individual, it makes sense that most would want to cherish those precious moments, and not fall into the trap of ambition that all visionaries become engulfed in.
We here at NeatTuck are working to assist in the redefining entrepreneurship, by offering financial freedom with our elastic model, that can be molded to fit the goals of everyone involved.
Duhigg, C. (2011, October 06). With Time Running Short, Steve Jobs Managed His Farewells. Retrieved February 12, 2018, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/technology/with-time-running-short-steve-jobs-managed-his-farewells.html