It took me most of my 20's to understand my relationship to work and money. I refused to go the "normal" route even though I had been taught it my entire life. What were you taught? Get good grades, get a scholarship to a good school, get the job and work to retirement?
One of my earlier memories is of my parents telling me that my dad had just been laid off. I didn't know what that meant fully but I did know that money was tight. I watched the corporate world bounce him around for the next 20 years. Despite being an Air Force Vet and having 2 degrees he became older and more expensive than the competition when interviewing. His last job before being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's was handing out samples at Costco. I still have a hard time taking a sample.
I jumped into entrepreneurship full force in my 20's. Hellbent not to have the same fate as my father. I decided to take the jobs that offered adventure and freedom even if they paid less. However the poverty mindset remained. Something like that you can't shake quickly. It takes reflection and understanding how you feel/treat money and then identifying if that is a truth or just a belief you hold from your story.
Many of you are struggling to change a belief or break a cycle in your life. I get it. I hope you can find these words inspiring that you have the ability to make your life everything you want it to be. It won't happen overnight and it will take sacrifices but if you set your mind to changing and bettering your life then I know you can do it. It doesn't mean you have to want to live in a van. We get it, it's not for everyone. #40hoursoffreedom is about flipping the script. Finding a way to make a living pursuing what you love and sharing it with the world.