Since my teenage years, I've always wanted to be financially independent. That meant having a passive income that required me to do little to no traditional work, resulting in my ability to live with total freedom and chase my dreams.
Whilst working in the Civil Service in 2021-22, it hit me hard that living that nine-to-five life is not for me, no disrespect to those that enjoy it. But being constrained to a workplace, timeframe, lack of openness to adaptability, and micromanagers pushed me over the edge.
I previously lived a university life where I faced none of those constraints whilst being productive, doing amazing things with my Islamic Society, and travelling to different countries. I knew I had to attempt to recreate that lifestyle. I may not be successful with it, but what's the harm in trying? Live with no regrets, right?
Luckily for me, Tim Ferriss already lives the life that I want. In his book, he calls this life New Rich.
The New Rich are those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility.
Despite Tim's definition, New Rich means having several automotive passive incomes that don't require a lot of your time, giving you the ability to live your best life. It's not a get-rich-quick scheme, but for me, it's about changing your mentality and thought process about work and how to optimise your life fully.
Then Ali Abdaal made a video that gave me a direction on how to achieve my lifestyle. The video changed my perspective on the benefits of putting yourself out there, and he does a great job detailing that there is little to no risk in going out there and showcasing yourself. Then it clicked; this would be a massive benefit for my PhD journey and connecting with others to share thoughts and ideas that most people around me don't want to discuss.
So that's how I landed on Ghost and began blogging.
One thing that I discovered once I started writing was that it was therapeutic for me. Writing allows me to conceptualise issues and specific rough patches in my life that I've just left to rot inside but can now deal with, enabling me to heal and move past them.
My perspective has slightly changed. I currently work at the Bank of England and love what I do. I see a future career path where I can be involved with economic policymaking within and outside the UK. But that has not made me want to stop pursuing projects that I am interested in. The three main projects that I want to focus on are:
- Tanzania Solar Panel start-up
- Clothing Brand
- Filming and producing documentaries
A lot there for me to do. But I believe that one, if not all, can succeed if I put time into it.
However, I see a fantastic career with the Bank of England in developing my regulatory knowledge. But I do want to pivot towards the economic policy side of things. So we shall see how things plan out, and I'll look to provide updates on this page.
In the future
I'll be looking to provide insights into the projects I am involved in and share parts of my life.
My contact details are at the bottom; if anyone wants to collaborate, share thoughts, or give feedback more than happy to listen.