I think that financial freedom is a sexy concept. In my eyes, it’s an illusion, and this is something that I’ve learned throughout my career. At first, I was attracted by the idea of the 4-hour workweek. I’ve learned that, just because you are free today, doesn’t mean that you are free tomorrow.

I think the whole concept of working so hard on something in order to just get away from it in the end, doesn’t make sense. It’s not an integrative approach to life. It’s like saying, “I’m going to be a strong, healthy athlete, but when I win the gold medal, I’m not going to exercise anymore”, versus the whole concept of, “This is just what I do. I’m constantly growing, learning and contributing.”

Instead of aiming for financial freedom, I always tell people to aim for financial confidence. That is knowing that you could lose everything today, but still feel secure in your own skills. It’s knowing that, if you hit rock bottom, you could still make it back to the top. That is true security.

Look at the people who are on the Forbes 500 list. Think about what they do. All of them could have retired a long time ago, but they don’t, because they don’t desire financial freedom or 4-hour workweeks. Rather, they are always thinking about how they can improve, become more, and impact society through their work.