In a nutshell, this simply means that you make as much from your investments as you would if you were earning the same money from hard labour. I didn’t for many, many years. And then, one day, I decided not to write to make money but to write for people who seem as hungry for the intangible as I was at the time.
Out went murders, sadism, explicit sex, vampires, werewolves and all other goodies which make for a New Your Times bestseller list. The only other way to fame and fortune was to actually put the subject matter into practice, i.e. to murder, rape or otherwise abuse someone profoundly, and then sell my memoirs.
Not all murder stories are bad. Shakespeare often dipped his hands in blood, up to his elbows, and got away with it. Alas, not many of us are endowed with Shakespearean literary talents. And frankly, I decided that if I am “to be”, I’d rather be myself. And this is where financial independence comes in.
There are two ways to achieve it.
One—is to make an awful lot of money, and two—to spend very little. I chose the latter. No, I am not poor. But I do not get my kicks from spending sprees. Nor does my wife. Lucky? You bet. She’d rather chisel at a stone to make a beautiful sculpture than get a diamond ring. The ones she has she doesn’t even wear. Of course, you might find a better way to financial independence, which enables you to write what you want to write, and not what you think might sell to the most popular taste of the day.
Yes, I guess I’m as lucky as I can be.
I spend most of my time writing. Writing exactly what I want to write, when I want to write it (which is most of the time, just look at my blogs!).
As for subject matter, which BTW doesn’t suffer from being excessively commercial, I fell in love with the concept of Human Potential. My 30 books will attest to it. If you are also interested not just in what you are, but with what you could be, then visit my websites. There are quite a few. You might start with http://stanlaw.ca. Then try my FB. Or just type my name. If you are still interested, try my Amazon pages. Perhaps you, too, will discover the meaning of the psalmist’s exclamation: “Ye are gods!”
We are, you know.
All of us.
Or you might discover how one man did it. Dr. Peter Thornton, in One Just Man.
Most of us are still asleep, though. But the potential is within. Within everyone of us. And now and again, one or two of us decide to become the “chosen ones”. Just imagine. Ultimately we all shall…
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