I Make Less Than $30,000 — But I’m One of the Wealthiest People You Will Ever Meet

Good fortune is about more than money

Y.L. Wolfe
Liberty

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Every now and then, I’m struck with the realization that I have a magical life. It might not always look that way on paper. After all, I’ve never made more than $37,000 a year, thanks to a career that I’ve mostly spent in education and nonprofit work. Currently, my salary is about $10,000 less.

By necessity, penny pinching is an art in this household.

Despite this…I think I might be the wealthiest person I know.

A decade ago, I went through a series of events that made me feel that I had lost everything. I was forced to rely on myself to rebuild, literally from the ground up. Forced to question my dreams for myself, to revisit and revise them, to figure out if I still wanted to pursue some of them — like home ownership. And figure out how to do so in a phase of life where everything felt impossible.

And thank god it did. In an impossible situation, you have to come at problems differently. You have to acknowledge that the usual routes to your hoped-for destination are not available, which means the only way to get there is to look for alternative paths — which is exactly what I did, and exactly how I ended up my house.

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Y.L. Wolfe
Liberty

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