Hi all, and welcome to My Flexi Work | Life.
This post is an introduction to me as writer and my motivation behind wanting to assist you in your journey to financial freedom. I hope that you may have a better understanding of who I am as a person, and gain greater insight into my values.
My name is Dominic Bowers. I was born just outside of Cape Town, South Africa and raised along the Western Coastline of Cape Town in a small town called Melkbos. I have a brother who is a year and a half younger than me and we were raised in an awkward time of South Africa’s history; right after the fall of the apartheid regime. I say that this was an awkward time, because it was during this time that people still held racist beliefs which were slowly shifting, and there were also people who actively resisted the change.
It was during this time that my brother and I first started to develop some awareness around money. Being from one of the few families of colour during this time meant that we were often exposed to children from households who often had better toys, and gadgets, and when we asked our parents for the same toys we could seldom afford them. This did change over the years as my parents were very good at making a plan to afford things. My father made it his life mission to be able to afford us any luxury he could, as a strong component of his identity, as a father, was to provide. My mother was often the voice of reason in those instances. Opting rather to spend on the house.
So during my earlier years, I had developed a strong sense of saving up. This would change when I got to high school and later in University when I would opt to spend on partying and convenience. By this time I had developed bad spending habits and only a short term view of my money.
In 2010, I met my wife and we got married in March of 2016. It was in the build up to our wedding that I started to identify my bad spending habits and it was in late 2018 when frustration started hitting a boiling point. At this point we were living month to month, we had no assets, we had no investments and quite frankly we were sick of being dead broke at the end of each month.
In the beginning of 2019, we decided to undertake a journey towards financial independence. We did this so that we did not have to be dependent on jobs we hate, but rather work on projects that we enjoy. For me that is undertaking projects that allows me to help others live their best life and achieve the fulfillment they desire.
Why do I want to help people?
The answer to this is quite simple for me. I want to help people because that is what I saw my greatest role model do.
My greatest role model is my father. He was my first superhero and one of the most caring people I know. He is very quiet and he seldom shows his emotions but his actions speak volumes. This is something I learnt as a teenager when I heard my aunt speaking about him. You see, my father was one of the eldest among his siblings and when they were growing up my grandfather often didn’t earn enough to survive and they resorted to farming for sustenance. When my father and his older siblings were old enough to work, the household income increased and they were able to bring in enough to support the younger siblings so that they could eat decent meals. When everyone had grown up and had families to look after, my father was still supporting his younger siblings and would never hesitate to help them out.
I’ll take the example of my late uncle Joseph. When he was younger he didn’t do very well in school and people thought he was just a dim kid. My father saw that he wasn’t slow, but rather he thought more practically and worked very well with his hands. So my father put him though trade school, and because of that my uncle was literally able to build a home for his family.
I learnt many things from my parents, but the greatest lessons they taught me was to cast my bread upon the water. By this they meant that it is far more rewarding to help others than to deter them. This is something I live by, as I genuinely do care about seeing others grow and achieve the best versions of themselves.
What do I hope to achieve with the site?
I would say that there are two overarching goals of this site. The first is to document our journey to financial freedom, so that you can see that it is possible to achieve your financial goals and do the thing you enjoy and love. The second is to assist you in achieving your goals. Whether you need some ideas about generating passive income, or changing your mindset. I hope to assist you on your journey as I learn form my own journey.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,