If I could put freedom in a bottle it would smell like rubber bicycle tires.
My first “gomance” was with a Schwinn Sting-Ray. In the 1960’s your bike had one gear – YOU. Range was limited by brute strength & stamina.
But it was enough to get to school, the store & baseball practice. That bike earned its keep rolling through yards flipping newspapers.
Paper route money allowed me access to the black magic of gears.
In 1971, I bought a Schwinn Varsity 10-speed. Less energy took me faster & farther. Target, McDonald’s & Dairy Queen were now in range.
Then “real” jobs entered the picture & I forgot the magic of gears.
My income had one speed – ME. Paychecks were limited by brute strength & stamina. And a new headwind appeared – TIME.
You can only work so many hours per week.
I pedaled alone, against the wind for decades.
In 1990, I started a side business. That snack vending biz earned money without my presence.
Leverage = Gears. Less energy took me faster & farther.
I no longer pedaled alone. Harnessing the gears of freelancing, business ownership & income properties led me to passive income.
It's like riding downhill. 10% pedaling, 90% coasting.
Today, freedom still smells like rubber, but with a slight finish of currency.
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