For the first time, I felt my toes curl over the edge of the abyss called hopelessness.
I never want to experience that again.
If you haven’t seen the news, South Africa, my home, has been wracked by devastating violence and looting.
It’s hard to express the range of emotions that rampaged through me as I watched the images of the unfolding anarchy in horror and heartbreak.
The sense of helplessness as I spoke to family and friends and staff trapped in the violent zones.
The heartbreak as I watched peoples businesses and much needed jobs go up in smoke – literally.
Of all the emotions that swept through me, perhaps the most devastating of all was the taste of hopelessness forming in my mouth.
There is nothing more brutal than the loss of hope.
There is nothing more deadly than the loss of hope.
I felt my toes curl over the edge of the abyss called hopelessness for this country – the land I and so many others have fought so hard for.
For the first time I doubted we could come back from this.
A country already on its knees from the injustice, the oppression, the brutality and the marginalisation of the Apartheid years. From the years of corruption wrought by Jacob Zuma and his entitled cronies as they pillaged this land. From the economic crippling of extended covid lockdowns.
The loss of hope is like a hot coal searing through my heart.
Yet, after nearly a week of looting and mob violence in South Africa’s two most populous provinces, volunteers by the hundreds have begun to clean up their devastated streets and help restore the shops and infrastructure they depend on.
With shops emptied and destroyed, communities are rallying together to share the food they have and get food to hospital workers already exhausted by the third wave of Covid sweeping through the country too.
Hundreds of others formed human chains to guard their communities against the looters, supporting an overstretched police force.
The volunteers, together with local charities, community leaders, and business groups worked behind the scenes to quell the violence.
All of this has provided an inspiring counterpoint to hopelessness.
So too had been the outreach of so many friends from all over the world, checking in, offering support and love. Even offering to airlift me out of here :). Thank you Richard.
All of this reminded me…
We are NOT meant to do THIS alone.
This being life.
This being a wealthy life, well lived.
The following is an excerpt from an email I wrote to my Financial Freedom alumni a little while back.
I chose to remind myself of these truths to help me find my centre again.
I thought there might be something in them for you too.
Three Freedom Truths.
Truth 1 – Freedom is a choice
Freedom will NEVER force itself on you.
I had to choose to put myself into the freedom arena.
You have to choose to put yourself in the freedom arena.
I must keep choosing freedom. Mostly daily, sometimes hourly.
This takes commitment.
It takes tenacity.
It takes heart.
Freedom is where life resides.
Most people choose to cling onto their familiar suffering instead of choosing unfamiliar freedom.
I hope you choose freedom.
Truth 2 – The opposite of scarcity isn’t abundance, it’s enough
There are two mountains we all walk between on our freedom journey.
The mountains of fear and greed.
In the valley between is the valley of enough.
This is where your freedom path meanders.
This path of enough is where joy resides.
Enough is the throughline of a wealthy, free life.
Enough is a magnificent current of deep joy.
Enough is not about winning or losing.
Enough is not about fulfilling every desire.
Enough is not about having everything you want.
Enough is resting in the grief that we will never be able to have, do, experience, create, achieve… everything this magnificent incredible life offers us.
Enough is showing up, engaging fully and being willing to be seen despite this.
Truth 3 – Choose those you journey with, with discernment
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
There are a lot of scared people who will never venture into the freedom arena but they have a lot to say about it.
There are a lot of people that don’t want you in the freedom arena either and will have a lot to say about it.
Be selective about the feedback you allow in your life.
If they are NOT choosing freedom AND taking action to make it happen, and risking their familiar comfort to thrive and live, instead of merely existing…
… then their opinion doesn’t matter to me, and it shouldn’t matter to you.
I choose to be with and listen to those that are in the freedom arena with me.
ARE YOU going to get in and stay in the arena with me?
Freedom is the journey we have all been called to take.
In the wise words of Seth Godin…
“Freedom has a partner, and its name is responsibility.”
It’s a choice and a responsibility to have and live our fullest, truest, wealthiest lives.
It takes courage, tenacity, and perhaps a little madness to keep hope alive, to believe in your dreams and get up and do what needs to be done to make them so.
Here’s to all us slightly mad ones.
Thank you for being in the arena with me.
P.S. Next week is the Quarterly “Get Sh*t Done” implementation week in the Wealth Builders Club.
Monday through to Friday I will be supporting a fabulous group of people who have chosen freedom and are taking the responsibility to do the work to make their financial freedom a reality.
Each day I will be hanging out in the Wealth Builder’s private Facebook group to answer questions in posts and doing two daily FB live sessions – one being a daily micro wealth implementation lesson to help you get better and better and more efficient and effective at your money stuff – the other being a daily Q&A to answer your wealth building questions.
You can still join The Wealth Builders Club and participate in next week’s “GSD Implementation Week”.
Wealth Builders Club is designed to help you stay on the beautiful path of enough, and achieve your freedom, with an amazing tribe of fellow freedom seekers.
I would love you to join me in the arena in the Wealth Builders Club.
Members of Wealth Builders Club get:
- Monthly Wealth Building masterclass I take you on a deep dive into one asset class, a specific investment strategy, a specific wealth management topic designed to keep expanding your knowledge and skill.
- Monthly live Q&A where I answer any and all your questions to keep you moving in the direction of your freedom. Plus access to a searchable video library of over 30 Q&A sessions
- Quarterly Wealth Implementation Weeks. Every 90 days I facilitate 5 days of “Get Sh*t Done” activities. This includes structured implementation sprints for you to focus on your wealth actions, live micro lessons on the foundational principles, skills and tools you need to have to ensure you create sustainable wealth and daily “Get Your Burning Next Question Answered” Live Q&A sessions with me to ensure you keep progressing.
- Library of past masterclasses and transcripts
- Private Wealth Builders Facebook group to engage with your fellow Wealth Builders and get briefings from me on the markets and happenings in the world of investing
And it’s $29 per month..
Or just $24 per month if you pay for a full year of access.