This is a re-visit to my old Intro To Investing post from October, 2008. If you like this post, be sure to read the old one that inspired it.
Imagine the life of Mr. Buffet. He lives like money is not really a concern, which it isn't. He is frugal. He relaxes. He is happy.
Who am I describing? Who is the proverbial Mr. Buffet? It is two Mr. Buffets actually. Those are Warren and Jimmy.
Warren Buffet is the closest thing I have to a modern day hero. Buffet is smart and calculated and made a lot of money over the years. He is the world's best investor. Warren Buffet took his “value investing” education to turn an investment in an old textile company called Berkshire Hathaway into one of the most famous holding companies in the world. With an insurance powerhouse and investment arm under its control, Berkshire Hathaway has produced consistent investor return for half a century.
When you picture paradise, you probably imagine clean beaches, tropical weather, and cold drinks. Chances are, Jimmy Buffet is there waiting for you. I imagine Jimmy's life as the ultimate in relaxation. While sipping away in Margaritaville and enjoying the Cheeseburger in Paradise (hold the cheese on mine), Jimmy Buffet is the American symbol for relaxing. His ‘parrotheads' often travel south, as inspired by his song “Changes in Lattitudes, Changes in Attitudes.”
So, while these icons appear to share little more than a last name, they represent something more to me. I have to remember to be serious and dedicated in my professional life, but I have to remember to head south every once in a while, or just relax regularly. Finding the balance between the Buffet's is the key to my dream.
I hope to be able to combine those lifestyles more as time goes on. I want to remove the tether of my office and be able to work wherever I want and whenever I want. I hope to have the financial security to tell any boss how I really feel at any given time and not worry about the consequences. (I like my boss today, in case you were wondering)
I dream of a freedom from financial worry and a freedom to pickup and go. I want to enjoy paradise, and the ride to get there. That is my dream.
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