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3 Practical Lessons from Achieving Financial Independence

by | Jun 15, 2024 | Financial Planning Guides

3 Practical Lessons from Achieving Financial Independence

Since our inception in 2008, we’ve guided hundreds of people towards financial independence. It’s a journey that’s as rewarding for us as it is for them. The essence of our advice? Regularly review your finances, diversify your investments, and make sure your financial decisions are sound and will compound over time. Today, I’ll share three lessons that are pivotal in this process.

Being Early Pays Off

Balancing life in your 40s can be a juggling act—with children, careers, and other commitments vying for your attention. Yet, finding time to plan your finances early can yield significant long-term benefits. Start by ensuring your investments are in the right diversified portfolios. Then, determine how much you need to save to reach financial independence at your desired age. With the right investment strategy and regular contributions, managing your finances becomes easier, and your relationship with money evolves. Remember, the best time to start planning is now. It might take a few days to set up, but once done, your investments will do the work for you.

Wealth is More Than Just Income

A common misconception is that a high income guarantees wealth. However, financial independence isn’t about how much you earn, but how you manage and invest your income. High earners have significant opportunities for tax planning, given their substantial tax liabilities. It’s easy to fall into the trap of spending on things that don’t add real value to your life, a habit formed from the dopamine rush of spending. True wealth is about having the freedom to use your time as you wish, not your annual income. By optimising your tax planning, financial decisions, and behaviours, you can create a life filled with happiness and meaning, rather than one on autopilot.

Now, let’s debunk a common myth.

It’s Never Too Late to Start

Many believe that achieving financial independence is a ship that has sailed. However, with the right strategies, it’s still within reach. Take action and assess your current financial situation. I once assisted a client in his late 50s to determine how much he needed to invest to semi-retire eight years later. He continued working only because he loved his business and wanted to maintain a sense of purpose. Don’t let life’s distractions prevent you from creating a plan that requires just a few days of initial attention and a few hours each year thereafter.

In summary, achieving financial independence is about early planning, understanding that income doesn’t equate to wealth, and recognising that it’s never too late to start. These lessons are the bedrock of financial freedom.

Remember, the path to financial independence is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires discipline, foresight, and a willingness to seek advice when needed. By mastering these lessons, you can take control of your financial future and enjoy the freedom it brings.

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