Now, does anyone see anything wrong with the above picture? Was the farmer lazy? Does society see him in a different light?
I put this frame of thought on early retirement. I worked hard in my earlier years. Saved up and invested and now manage my investments and reap a passive income. I am no different from the farmer. Except that I aim to achieve this earlier in life. However, the backlash that society rewards such people are different from the respect they give to the farmer. My question is. What is the difference?
The farmer manages his people on his farm. I manage my own investments. Both of us get relatively passive income.
Oh I hear the
"But the farmer is not retired! He's a business owner." argument.
The last time I checked, investing in shares gives me a portion of a company/business. I think I'll qualify as a business owner too.
"But but... It's different..."....
Oh tish tosh, get with the times. The times have changed there is no difference. If the weather turns against the farmer, he could potentially face ruin. Same as equities/investments. If the company I invest in doesn't do well, my investments screw up. I make decisions on what company to invest in and that is called investment management.
"Ok fine then you're not considered retired. You're an investment manager."
=_=" Seriously, what are you doing on this blog. There's nothing for you here. Go read my definition of retirement if you really still want to hang around.
Any readers out there who face such people regularly when discussing early retirement? How old do you want to retire? I've spoken with many people and many have not even given a thought to retirement. They are all still young it seems. What do you think? For others out there. I'd like to close with 1 comment.
"Time is not your friend"