As a nation we recently celebrated Independence Day. As I enjoyed the holiday and the events that gave us the day I got to thinking about independence and what is means to me.
In 1604 Charles Anthony an engraver and coin designer was given several thousand acres of land in the New World for faithful service to King Edward, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth of England. Charles, an ancestor of ours never made it to America to enjoy his land, but he left it to his two sons with the stipulation that they had to get an education first. The younger son, Mark, just couldn’t wait, he dropped out of school and stowed away on a ship bound for the New World. Mark was caught. When the ship landed in the New World, Mr. Anthony was arrested and forced into indentured servitude. By law he had to work until the debt for the cost of passage on the ship was repaid to the captain and owner of the ship. The most painful part for Mark was the knowledge that the whole time he was working off his debt he was in fact more wealthy than those he served. The only problem was he could not access his vast tracts of land (wealth) while an indentured servant. (I will expound on this later.)
What is the difference between Mark Anthony and myself (Or you for that matter)? Goethe probably said it the most succinctly; “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
A recent Gallup poll found that 70% of all American employees hate their job. Any why do they hate their jobs? I can summarize the top answers in one statement – people feel trapped. And they do not really know how to express it. They feel jobs are modern-day slavery. They are paid just enough to live and not more. It doesn’t help that the government is taking nearly 50% of everything they make before they get their share. They realize that all the dollars they spent on degrees to get them a job that will make them happy were completely wasted. They have been suckered into the trillion dollar marketing campaign encouraging them to buy a house they didn????????t really want and now will ??????lose a house?????? they never really owned if they don????????t bow down to the Masters every day. Did you know the words ??????The American Dream?????? were coined by Fannie Mae in a marketing campaign 40 years ago to sell mortgages to people who could not afford them?
There is no better day than today to make a personal declaration of independence. Decide today that you will find a way to become financially independent and financially free. Let’s do it together!