by Financial Independence through an Australian lens
December 22, 2021 11:00 am
Plenty of books, podcasts and blogs focus on building wealth – and that’s great, as far as it goes. But focusing just on wealth misses the point. I believe what most of us actually want is to have choice. Choice in how much time we give to income-producing activities. Choice about what those income-producing activities are. Choice about where we live. Choice about when we retire. Choice about the ways we use our money to produce happiness. In the Financial Autonomy podcast, I explore the different ways you can gain choice – from investing in stocks to becoming self-employed, starting a side hustle, or buying an investment property. I share learnings I’ve gained working with clients for over 20 years as a Certified Financial Planner, and interview others with interesting insights or experiences in gaining choice in life.
If you’ve been listening to this podcast for a while, and certainly if you’ve read my book, you’ll be aware that we adhere to a framework in helping people gain choice. A core element of that framework is the three pathways. The entire Financial Autonomy framework, and in particular these three pathways, are the product of my 20 odd years as a practising financial planner. I’ve observed how hundreds of Australians have accumulated wealth, and the various ways in which they’ve used that wealth to impact their lives. The Financial Autonomy framework isn’t some theoretical idea that popped out of the ether.
I sometimes refer to which of the pathways a particular podcast episode relates during the introduction. I do this in the foolish assumption that everyone listening has read the Financial Autonomy book or at least checked out our website and knows what it is I’m talking about. But of course there will be many listening who have only recently stumbled across the podcast, so let’s take a moment in this episode to bring you up to speed on this foundational element of what we do here at Financial Autonomy.
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