time, money and real estate

We often underestimate how conditioned we have become to the concept of exchanging time for money. We are promised a yearly salary or an hourly wage for a certain number of hours required per week. Based on these numbers, we make serious decisions about the quality of life we can “afford” based on these abstract parameters. We climb the ladder until there is nowhere left to go and just settle there, waiting for the end. Our complacency in this system is just a costume that disguises our true potential to move beyond these invisible boundaries.

I would not consider myself a natural entrepreneur. Starting my own business was never something I thought about much until it became a necessity. Technically, I did everything “right.” I went to college and worked my way up to a respectable position with managerial responsibilities, making “good” money at a telecommunications company. Life was comfortable. It was the kind of life that most of us are taught to aspire to. Some would even call it successful. Little did I know, one simple request was about to change my life forever. 

In 2014, I was spending the week at the beach with my family, and we were given the opportunity to stay through the following week. My wife did not have to come back early for work, and the kids were out of school. I could work my normal hours remotely during the day and spend time with the family in the evenings. I worked with people in remote positions all over the country, so it wasn’t like they really needed me in the office to do my job. 

I thought it was a reasonable request. I was simply asking for a change of venue. After almost a decade at this company, I had a solid track record. In my mind, I had earned the kind of trust needed to make an arrangement like this. It turns out I was wrong. It was not even a conversation. I asked, and he said no, and that was that. I had to pack up the family and head home, or I would lose my job. That was when I had to ask myself a really tough question: Did I need my job or did my job need me?

I made the mistake of believing that I was indispensable. My history and track record with the company didn’t amount to much. They could easily replace me, and they were making that clear. I knew it was time to pivot, and the first thing I had to do was change the way I thought about earning money. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to sacrifice all of your time or ignore your family to gain wealth and financial independence. I have spent the last ten years of my life proving that to myself over and over again. 

I fully believe that investing in assets holds the key to unlocking a new way of thinking about money and income. It’s not about following the traditional path of climbing the corporate ladder and settling for what’s expected of us. It’s about seizing the opportunities that owning equity in assets offers and creating a life of financial freedom and abundance. I chose real estate as my preferred asset class. Real estate is an equal opportunity employer, no special skills are required. All you need is a positive mindset and a desire to grow.

Are you ready to break free from the limitations of traditional employment and live your life on your own terms? Real estate can generate consistent income in ways you never anticipated. I know it is possible because I have done it. You can do it too. I am passionate about empowering people with the knowledge they need to get out of the rat race. If this sounds like something you are looking for, shoot me an email or send me a message on social media. I promise, I won’t say I told you so. 

To Your Financial Freedom, 

Paul David Thompson