In order to really live your dreams and find your life, most of us have to become “expats”. I don’t mean you actually have to move to a foreign land. However, you will have to understand that your dream land doesn’t match the dream lands of those around you. Your family, your culture, your friends all have dreams and expectations for you. Mostly they are their interpretations of what is best for you, or what is best in general. They aren’t all bad, they just may not fulfill your inner desires.
Long ago I was doing a call with a young woman who wanted to become a coach. She was enthused and dedicated to becoming a financial success. Part of her dream was to improve the financial position of her family. To bring them along with her, if you will. I know I bursted her bubble when I said: “but they won’t want to come”.
Our families, clans and tribes have their internal cultures or “lands”. They have their own mythology and mores. A bunch of those concepts are around money. Some come from struggles. One that families that came from “depression era” people have is “we know how to get through the hard times.” It becomes a badge of honor, a beloved quality of fortitude. If someone comes along and says “well, that’s all well and good, but you can actually have money, comfort and ease. You can stop struggling”, there is a way in which they don’t want to hear it. It would fly in the face of truths they have held forever. They might even feel that they had done it “wrong”. That’s pretty jolting. They may not really be ready for such a radical shift.
So if you have dreams that are different than those expected by your family or group, and you really want those dreams, you are going to have to become a kind of “expat”.
You may have to figure out how to live in the foreign country of ease and wealth.
Many of us have already done this “expat” thing in many ways. We’ve moved across the country, we’ve married people that didn’t fit the prescribed pattern, we’ve made different choices.
I’m just pointing to the fact that in order to make those different choices around your money, you’ll have to strike out into foreign territory, and be more self reliant. You’ll have to become an “expat”.