There’s a corner store just near our place, owned and run by a family. The couple who have served me on many occasions are lovely people, always smiling and giving great service. Despite having young kids, they work long hours, seven days a week. I don’t know how they do it.

When I first wrote Financial Freedom years ago, my main aim was to be able to show people that working hard, long hours was not the only way to get the bank off your back. In fact if you choose to live this way you may end up gaining financial independence but losing those most dear to you. I have found that a little bit of the right information, delivered in a way that’s easily absorbed, makes a huge difference to people’s lives.

My favorite saying (not sure who said it) is “Nobody ever said on their deathbed – I wish I had spent more time at the office.” I hope the people at the local shop never regret the hours they have worked and I hope you never regret not spending more time with those most important to you.

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