I started my CPA practice in October of 1984. This was done very much on a whim. It was impulsive and with little planning; I was not sure how I had arrived at the decision but in hindsight, having gained knowledge around Kolbe systems, it happened because I was an initiating quick start (5-5-9-1).
At the time, I asked my Uncle Cyril, a very successful civil engineer, about when he achieved his financial independence. He gave me an age.
When I attained that age, I did not feel I had obtained my financial independence. I felt like a failure and those thoughts still linger with me.
I recently completed reading Dan Sullivan’s new book, “The 25-Year Framework”. Dan states, “There are no unrealistic goals, only unrealistic deadlines”. That is what I had done to myself. I set an unrealistic deadline.
I will not do this again. To quote Dan, “Look for progress, not perfection”.