Thursday, 29th April, 3am. At a time where most people in Singapore were asleep, I started my 33-hour journey from Changi Airport, Singapore to Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Omaha is the place where Warren Buffett started Berkshire Hathaway.
I am writing this article 8 hours into my journey, on my flight to Tokyo, my first transit. I have to switch planes three times, first in Tokyo, then in Seattle, and lastly in Minnesota. I will finally reach Omaha around 11.00pm Thursday (U.S Central time), which will be Singapore time, 12.00pm Friday.
Although I am not looking forward to the body-aching flight, jet lag, and overall lack of sleep, I am rather excited about the trip. I feel like someone on a pilgrimage.
It has been nine years since I caught the investment bug. After watching a documentary of Warren Buffett, I was hooked. It wasn’t so much that he was one of the richest person in the world because of his investments. It was the happiness he seemed to derive from doing the thing he loves that captivated me.
Thankfully, I am able to do what I love, invest. My job with The Motley Fool Singapore has also allowed me the personal privilege of sharing the benefits of investing to people in Singapore and throughout the world. Over the years, I have met many people, including friends, who have work hard but still unable to afford the lifestyle they desire or pursue the dreams they have. More importantly, this failure to achieve financial freedom is not due to any fault of theirs but rather because of a simple lack of financial planning and investing education.
And that is the key, financial freedom. That was what I learnt from watching that documentary about Warren Buffett. With financial freedom, everyone can achieve their dreams and do the things they love. And regardless of whether investing is something you would enjoy, achieving financial freedom allows you to free yourself from the rat race of working hard just to make ends meet. Achieving financial freedom means that you can safely pursue your passion in life without the fear of falling into poverty if you fail. Achieving financial freedom means that you will have the ability and freedom to empower others that need your help.
So this 33-hour trip is a way to pay homage to the person that enlightened me on the importance of doing what you love, and how achieving financial freedom is an essential part of the whole equation. Together with my colleagues here at The Motley Fool Singapore, we hope to continue bringing you great investment discussions and to help you in your journey to financial freedom.
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