# 1. My Epiphany: The Sytch
Updated: Jan 22
What Started This Project
One afternoon while daydreaming about reaching financial independence, I had the following thought. Whether you believe in God or not, the story of Adam and Eve is fascinating. Many people believe money, or financial independence, is the answer to happiness. In other words, people think that if they have the financial freedom to do what they want, when they want, then they will truly be happy.
Think about the story of Adam and Eve. If you believe in God and believe the story truly happened, then what does it tell you about the obvious flaw in the logic that financial freedom brings happiness? Adam and Eve were the purest definition of financial independence. They literally had everything at their fingertips without knowledge of anything better existing. Anything they could have imagined, they had. Even with all this, they both made the decision to eat from the one single tree they were forbidden to eat from. Although they achieved financial freedom so to speak, why would they put this into jeopardy by eating the fruit?
If you do not believe in God and simply see this as a parable, it still creates the same questions. At our core as humans, if we were to have everything we ever wanted and needed, would we truly be happy? Would that alone make us happy? This is not a novel topic. There are many books and philosophers dedicated to this subject. I do not want this blog or website to be solely about this parable. This was just the thought that birthed my current path.
Because of this thought, I came up with the Seven-Year Time Challenge. I will have future posts explaining more in depth what this means and why I chose seven years. In a nutshell, my end goal is such - I want to have the time to do the things I love to do and are good for my health whenever I wish to.
So, my roadmap to finding this freedom will be as follows: work backwards. I am afraid that too many people have “Financial Independence” as the destination in their planning. Not everyone falls into this trap, but I see it a lot. Many people solely focus on obtaining financial independence and do not focus on what to do next until that time comes.
I will try an approach that begins with a final goal in mind that is not “Financial Independence”, then work backwards on how to achieve it. I plan to revisit this final goal monthly, heck, maybe even weekly. If my final goal changes, then I will adjust my roadmap. Over time my life circumstances may very well change, so I plan to be flexible with my destination.
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Now as my father-in-law would say, onward!