When I heard the term “financial independence” earlier in my life, here is what I heard: “wealthy.” I equated being financially independent with being wealthy. And “wealthy” was not a word I ever considered as a possibility for myself.
“Wealthy” was a person who was born into money.
“Wealthy” was a person who inherited money.
“Wealthy” was a person who started a successful business.
“Wealthy” was someone who made the rules. Who could fly off to a remote locale and sip cocktails on the beach while yelling into his cell phone “BUY! BUY! BUY!”