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The (False) Golden Handcuffs

It’s easy to get to a point in life where you decide to make a change, but you’re too stuck with the lifestyle you’ve built to do anything about it. On today’s episode we talk about the curse of the golden handcuffs.


Key Insights

  • Many get caught up in society's expectations of what our lifestyle should look like
  • Knowing your numbers gives you options & power
  • Get clear on what's important to you so you can be intentional


  • [01:14] - Introduction to the golden handcuffs
  • [02:36] - The "False" golden handcuffs
  • [03:16] - Different perspective of liabilities
  • [05:40] - Cashflow, the janitor & the doctor
  • [10:16] - Ariana's real life experience
  • [12:34] - The Freedom Number
  • [15:19] - "Once you kind of step out of what the world expects, and realize that you truly do what you want to do for you." Tom
  • [18:10] - Shifting your perspective & relationship with money
  • [21:23] - Survival mode
  • [23:29] - Financial freedom doesn't have to mean giving up things you love
  • [25:36] - Enjoy life now, but be intentional towards the future
  • [25:46] - Actions

Resources Mentioned

Actions to Take

Tom Sylvester
  • Tom's Action - I'm going to challenge you to listen to your language and that of the people around you. And what I want you to do is realize that everything is a choice, and you have full power over that. There is an opportunity cost of choosing this versus choosing that. That's where you truly have power and cantruly make intentional decisions
Ariana Sylvester
  • Ariana's Key Action - Take a look at your current situation. Do you feel stuck there handcuffed? Do you feel stuck doing the things that you're doing because of the lifestyle you have built?

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Tom & Ariana Sylvester

Tom and Ariana have built 3 business and quit both of their jobs, all while raising 2 amazing kids.  Together they share their philosophies and guidance for entrepreneurs on their Lifestyle Builders™ podcast, their upcoming book Lifestyle Builders™: Build Your Business, Quit Your Job, & Create Your Ideal Life, as well as through their coaching and consulting programs.

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