Yeah, I still have to write the conclusion to my August Fitness Challenge. Last week was insane (I came thisclose to buying a house and then I didn’t), so I didn’t have time to write. I’ll fill you in on fitness and lost homes next week.
But this post isn’t about museums and planes; it’s about you.
FinCon used to be a conference just for financial media creators, but now there’s a Community Pass. The Community Pass is for folks who aren’t creators; for those who just want to hang out. I find this fascinating. Are there any other conferences where folks who aren’t interested in the core conference material come for the hallway conversations? I doubt it. But it makes sense too.
I feel that many of us are lost souls. Ask your uncle what his net worth is at your next family gathering and you’ll probably get a dirty look. Money is more taboo than politics or sex. However, I’ve had people in the financial independence community tell me what their net worth is 5 minutes after I’ve met them. And there’s a good reason for this.
We realize that while money is important, it’s also just the starting point, not the end. Here is how you should do it:
- Get a good job and hustle a little.
- Learn how to invest and pile money away as early as possible.
- While you’re doing 1 and 2, never forget to enjoy the journey. Continue to live simply, but live an eclectic, thoughtful, and driven life. Enjoy the journey.
- Once you’ve achieved your FIRE number, you’re in a position to optimize your life for 100% happiness. If you love your job, stay there. If not, quit. Do what you love from this point on.
So money is important, but it’s really just a key that unlocks the handcuffs and lets us live with a little more freedom.
It’s also true that if you have money in common, you probably have a lot of other shit in common. We’re a crowd that embraces:
- DIY (let’s build some shit!)
- board games
- good conversation
- backyard parties
- work (on our own terms)
- mental and physical challenges
Sometimes, it’s hard to find people to relate to. I know from experience.
Normally, I’m an introverted weirdo. There are people I’ve known all of my life that I’m still uncomfortable around. However, get me in a crowd of a bunch of money nerds and I won’t shut up.
That’s why I go to FinCon. And that’s why the Community Pass exists. We’re all looking for meaningful connection.
See You At FinCon?
So anyway, I’m in DC this week at FinCon. If you’re here too, I hope you say “Hi!” Besides planes, I like dinosaurs too so I made up a shirt so you can find me:
I have extra shirts with me. You can’t buy one, but I’ll give you one.
See you in DC!
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