The following is a guest post by Ryan of PortfolioBalancer. This week and next I am running a number of guest posts while I am vacationing with my family in Costa Rica. I will resume posting my own original content after the first of the new year. Speaking about new years and new year resolutions, Ryan's guest post is all about making decisions and taking some action. Here goes:
You can achieve anything in this country, or by extension, anywhere. That is the American dream. The American Dream has nothing to do with homeownership. That is a nice goal, but too shortsighted to truly hold the title THE American Dream. Homeownership seems like an easy goal designed to make you relax, feeling that you have accomplished something. Well, I don’t want to relax, pacified, and neither should you. I want to see what one can accomplish in such a free society, that is my goal.
Ah, there lies the true American dream: freedom. Freedom of mobility, across the country, out of social classes, above the norm. There is a beaten path of a standard life, laid out before us. If you follow the path, and convention, you will achieve a reward of comfortable years without work in the future. But what if. . . I always wonder, inserting the financial or health catastrophe of the moment. You only live once, why not impress yourself, let go of the fears. Insure against disaster and move on. You can do anything. You never have to settle, you are never beaten. Time and action can fix all.
You are blessed, to live in a country this free. You can achieve anything, but it will not be given to you. Whatever you want your life to be, it can be. But you must take action. I can attest to the fact that many small steps over time begin to turn into something extraordinary. You simply need to persevere until the achievement becomes clear to you. Time does not stop, and the amount you have on your clock is finite. So, take a concrete step. Decide where you want to be in five years. Is this goal attainable? If not, then you must change something, or face reality. Think where you would be today if you had acted five years ago.
What effect does a one degree change in your life’s path equate to ten years out? How far apart would these two paths be at the end?
What are you afraid of? Failure? Do you think that everything always works out for everybody? You can decide on your level of commitment, but there is no limit, anything you can think of can be done. Maybe you don't have enough income to achieve your goal. How would you survive? Figure out a solution. Maybe you can build investments that produce income, so that you do not need to work, only live beneath the income level. There is a way around every obstacle, so focus on solutions not on excuses.
Reach. Turn off the T.V. and do one thing. Start with one action, one phone call, one budget. The dream is different for everyone, but each is just as relevant and as attainable. Life is a game, and there are some rules, but as long as you follow these rules you can play freely within their confines. Play.
I am nobody special, just someone inspired to attempt what this country is so proud of. Something that the masses seem so disillusioned with the possibility of attaining. Holistic freedom. I am nobody, yet I did one thing today, I wrote this post. What about you?
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