Financial Independence and Realignment of Incentives

Note to my future self…

Reading the title of this post tells you pretty much everything you need to know. I’ve been fascinated for a long time with the alignment of economic and psychological incentives to unlock human potential. Financial independence is my #1 medium-term goal. These two things are obviously very important to me but I hadn’t never drawn an explicit connection between the two in one of these posts so here it’s.

I think that the reason why I am so excited about becoming financially independent is that I believe that it will be the single biggest event that can align my long-term goals with my short-term actions. In other words, I will only be incentivized to work on whatever it’s that I want to work on.

Putting pen to paper on this makes me realize how naive this might sound but as of today I truly believe this. It’s one of the few things in life that still feels like a silver bullet. A step function in the plot of life.

It’s one of those things that I find myself daydreaming a lot about. I find it so fascinating yet I haven’t acted enough on it. Actually, I will use this post as a starting point to think more intentionally about financial independence as a way to realign personal incentives.

I will leave it here for now. Thinking about a lot of things right now(: