Start with the end in mind

Shape your future πŸ’ͺ

Have you ever taken the time to think about your future. To ask yourself what it’ll be like when you’re 40-50-60 years old? What you’ve achieved in life? How will your character look like?

Will you be the same person you are today? Or a better version of yourself?

How can you determine and shape yourself to become that person? How can you control the outcome of your character? There is a way to do this, but it’s not easy.

Picture yourself at your own funeral.

There will be 5 types of people there:

  1. Family
  2. Coworkers
  3. Friends
  4. Your partner
  5. Your children

You need to define the words you want them to say to you. You need to shape their words by shaping yourself.

Family

What will your family say to you? How did they experience your presence? Did they experience kindness, helpfulness, love? What do you want your family to say? Define that and shape yourself.

Coworkers

What will your coworkers say to you? Were you a hard working employee? Did you have a special bond with some of them? Did they like you? What do you want them to say? Shape yourself to your answers.

Friends

Friends, ah yes ☺️. What will your childhood friends say? What will your new friends say? Did you share your secrets with them? How special or close were you with them? Did you really care about them? Were you helpful? Shape yourself.

Your partner ❀️

Your partner, oh no πŸ’”. He or she will be devastated!!! To lose the happiness and laughter you’ve brought into the world. How was his or her experience? How did you treat your partner? Were you loving, caring, a great mom or dad, supportive, motivational? How do you want your partner to experience you as a person?

Your children ☺️❀️

Your children 😭. What will your kids say to you? Were you a loving parent? Did you help them achieve their goals? Did you show support? How much did you care for them? Was there an unconditional love between you and your kids? Did you make enough time for them? What do you want your kids to say? πŸ’”

I know, it’s hard. Especially the last ones πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’”. I got so emotional writing this post. We don’t have much time, so be loving, caring, humble, supportive to everyone. Show the true you! ☺️

Take control of your life and begin to shape the person you want to become right now!

If you know where you want to go, the road will be crystal clear to follow. If not, it’ll be dark and you’ll get stuck. You’ll begin to walk circles. You’ll get confused and angry because you can’t see where you’re going.

I highly recommend you to read the book called “The 7 habits of highly effective people“. It can help you shape your character.

Take care of yourself and especially your loved ones. Shape yourself. ❀️

How to control your cash flow

Control your cash flow πŸ€‘

It’s not about how much money you make, but it’s about how much you’re spending each month. It’s crucial to know where your money is going.
Get to know your monthly income and expenses. Learn to budget.

If you want to save money for financial freedom or to create a emergency fund, you have to know what your monthly expenses are (I’ll cover this topic in different post)

Here’s a simple strategy I’m using to control my money flow.
You can easily modify it to your taste, but keep in mind that Long term savings and Financial Freedom are 2 key points of the flow.

Cash Flow

Necessities

These are expenses like rent, car payment, insurance, etc. The expenses you can’t avoid. (Well, maybe health insurance πŸ˜‚)

Long term savings

This will be your retirement savings. There’s an extra flow connected to this flow and that’s the Emergency savings.
DON’T TOUCH IT WHEN IT’S NOT NEEDED!

Financial Freedom

You need capital when you want to invest, right? Here’s the solution to build that sucker.

Things you can invest in

  • Forex (Foreign Exchange)
  • Stocks
  • Real Estate
  • E-commerce

Education

Education is also very important, because you are your biggest investment. When you invest in yourself by buying courses, attending seminars and buying books, you are growing as a person.
It’s crucial to invest in yourself. Don’t stop learning, be greedy for information.

Recommended books

Fun

This is your fun budget. Blow this baby up! I don’t care πŸ€‘

Giving

The secret to living is giving ❀️
This is your way of offering help to those who need it.
Helping a friend in need, donating to charity or any other ways of helping other people financially, gives a certain feeling of fulfillment that can’t be achieved in other ways.

My 2018 review

2018 has been a great year for me. It had its ups and downs, but I didn’t give up.

Here’s a tiny summary:

  • I achieved my “Ethical Hacker Specialist” certificate from Cencero IT
  • I’ve found the love of my life ❀️
  • I learned Nativescript to develop the LGBT Pride Month App
  • I dived into the ecosystem of Angular
  • I successfully passed my second year as Software Engineer student
  • I learned about money and becoming financially successful
  • I noticed that I’m inside a Rat Race working for money and I WANT OUT!
  • I started mentoring students, hosting webinars and it’s a lot of fun!
  • Won the local Hackathon 2018 with my Team. Whooo! πŸŽ‰
  • I started to work with an old friend on a project for Suriname. #NgineerLab
  • I’ve found my passion

2019 will be awesome! πŸ”₯