My dad, Bob Miner, lived from 1946 until September 23rd, 2013. This blog purports to be about "life, money, and business", and it is all that. But ultimately only the life part matters.
I am who I am in large part because of who he was - A Christian, a husband, a father, a hard worker, and someone who cared very much about other people. My dad gave of his time and resources to help others in too many ways to count. I want to be like him, and being financially independent will help me achieve that goal.
Our business and work are typically a big part of our lives, so it makes sense to try to make our business and work better.
Money usually comes from our business and work activities. The only other two ways to get it are as a gift (unreliable) or by stealing (stealing = not OK).
What is money? Money is a tool. A utility. It has no intrinsic value, whether it's gold bullion, currency, or numbers on a screen. But money enables us to do the things that matter, to take time to be with the ones we love, and to be generous to others. The more money we have, the more we can do the important things.
How will we know which things are important? In order for money to be any use, we first have to be the kind of person who uses money well. More money will just make us more of who we already are.
Wherever you are on your financial journey, focus every day on your values first - who are are and who you aspire to be. Take time for people - they all matter.
If you haven't seen the film About Time (2013), watch it. It doesn't answer the eternal questions, but it's a very good movie with good wisdom. The premise, time travel through your own life, sounds cheesy but the movie's not cheesy. In the quote below Tim, the main character, has learned his dad is dying of cancer.
Tim: It's just... I thought with the time thing...
Dad: No, I never said we could fix things. I specifically never said that. Life's a mixed bag, no matter who you are. Look at Jesus: he was the son of a God, for God's sake and look how that turned out.
Tim: I know... You must see I feel a bit cheated.
Dad: Don't. In fact, feel the opposite. The only people who give up work at 50 are the time travelers with cancer who want to play more table tennis with their sons.
You and I aren't time travelers. But we can play more table tennis with our sons.
In another part, Tim's dad is making a toast to Tim at his wedding. He says, "I'm not particularly proud of many things in my life, but I am very proud to be the father of my son."
Today, September 23rd, 2016, I still miss my dad. And I am particularly proud (and thankful) to be the husband of my wife, the father of my children, and the son of Bob Miner.
September 23rd, 2016