Choosing Your Own Path in Life

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Posted by The Savvy Retiree on August 17, 2016 in Money Saving Strategies, Personal Finances

Cleo Murphy writing on free thinking…

Choosing a simpler, more independent way of living is an obvious choice when you’re on the wrong side of the system.

You’re overworked…you’re in debt…you’re ground down.

Having more time, and a better quality of life is an attractive proposition…even it means having less money and changing your perception of what success really means.

After all, money and material possessions are not necessarily a recipe for happiness.

But what if you’re on the right side of the system?

What if money is no object and your path ahead is smooth and neatly planned? Would you be motivated to change it?

John Robbins was.

John’s dad, Irv, and his uncle, Burt Baskins, made ice-cream…lots of it.

Baskin-Robbins. That’s a big privilege to walk away from.

But young John Robbins wasn’t comfortable with that privilege. He wanted to get back to nature and a simple life. He wanted to grow his own food. So, he created his own version of Walden on an island off British Colombia and lived there in a one-room, log cabin with his wife and young son.

Today, an older, wiser John Robbins has lost none of his passion for independent living. In his latest book, The New Good Life, he writes:

…becoming financially free…is not determined by the amount of money you make. Part of accomplishing financial freedom is what I call “the new frugality”. This isn’t your grandmother’s frugality. This isn’t about deprivation. It’s about choice and self-determination.

The new way of defining success is liberating. Now you’re playing a game that lowers your cost of living and protects you from being exploited. Now you’re playing a game that is good for your spirit, that is healthy for your relationships, that is in service to the wider earth community – and that is crucial for your financial sanity.

John knows what he’s talking about. He walked away from a fortune…created his own wealth as an author…and lost it all.

Now, he and his son, Ocean, work together in The Food Revolution Network to campaign for healthy, ethically produced food.

John is still a rebel.

Are you ready to strike your own blow for independence?

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