Welcome to the road to freedom
Indie hacker sharing his story and journey, so you can learn from my mistakes! 👋 (and do much better in a shorter time)
I’m a software engineer.
I’ve been doing this profession for 10 years for different companies.
Then I started to question my career.
Is it something I want to do? It means working hard to make another company/startup successful. And I’ve no control over the possibilities that the company is able to provide me in the future, nor I can control my manager's impressions.
All I can do is work hard, five days a week, 8 hours a day.
Or bet on another company.
What made me realize that
Back in 2017, I was commuting every day, driving my car for 2 hours in traffic every day (it seems crazy today, with all the remote job opportunities).
The music and the radio were not enough to fill my time, so I started listening to podcasts.
Two of them changed my perspectives.
One is about the economy, the good economy. The other was about successful people building successful businesses (both digital and physical).
~ They are both in Italian, so I’ll not provide you with the links ~
Someone recommended a book, The Millionaire Fastlane by M.J. De Marco.
I bought it and read it in a couple of days (300 pages).
It tells the story of M.J., who was able to run a digital business of limousine rental back in the 2000s, he sold the company and acquired it back a few years later. He retired at the age of 30.
How was that possible? How was he able to gain so much money and freedom in such a short time?
Which game are you playing?
M.J. clearly describes what is the fast lane to being a millionaire.
You can be on different highway lanes.
Employment is probably the slowest lane. No control over external factors, and you can be fired at any time.
Patents, if you’re an inventor you can try this way. There are very young inventors able to retire early due to some patents that they leverage for years. This is the central lane, and definitely quite risky with all the patent trolls in the market. But still quite a fast lane.
Entrepreneurship, it’s the fast lane. There’s no limit to how much you can gain, by working hard and smart. Especially with a digital business that requires a ridiculously low amount of money to start.
This is how I realize I had to pivot my life, from employment to a digital entrepreneur.
In this newsletter, I will be sharing all that I have learned on this journey which began in 2019 (one product sold, two SaaS businesses generating €2.4k/month), and all the experiments I’ll do to become an entrepreneur.
Thanks for reading — see you in the next issue 🙌