$1 in profit is the ultimate FU money. I typically don’t like the term “fuck you money” — it’s so in-your-face ugly — but I’m going to use it to make a point. Typically when people talk about FU money, they think about millions. Once you have millions you have FU money. Well, actually, all you need is $1 in annual profit. Because once your company is self-sustaining and profitable, and you don’t owe anyone anything (in my book, if you owe money you aren’t truly profitable), then you can say FU to just about anything. You don’t need to do anything you don’t want to do when you don’t have to rely on anyone else to be sustainable. You don’t have to dance on anyone else’s stage, or play by anyone else’s rules. FU money isn’t about buying an island, it’s about being an island — your own sustainable entity.
There’s a French phrase, “l’economie de la débrouillardise” which refers to the resourceful, resilient, entrepreneurial economy that exists largely at the margins of the global financial infrastructure. Nigerian importers of Chinese electrical generators. Pakistani migrant construction workers sending money home to their families. The emerging “gig economy” in the developed world. By most metrics it is the second biggest economy in the world, with an estimated GDP of $10 trillion.