New Video! The Sound Of Silence: The Ugly Consequences Of Being A Paycheck Hostage

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed
By the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking (emphasis mine)

From the song “Sound Of Silence” from Simon and Garfunkel.

Without speaking. Silence. Keeping your mouth shut. Taking your opinions from others,. Yes, there are consequences to being a paycheck hostage and today’s video illustrates that in stark terms. Please watch.

Be free. Nothing else is worth it.

Financial Freedom Monty Campbell


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  • Adrienauto87

    Just imagine what you could do if you could save 90% of your income and only need 10% to live well. You would probably become financially independent in 3 years. I love the way you talk frankly about financial freedom. This blog has really helped to cut my costs and increase my income, I’m in a better position now. Thank You.

  • tomflor

    Anythings possible if you put your mind to it. You’ve shown everyone mathematically how early retirement is possible, I wish you taught these incompetent financial advisers how to plan for early retirement. When I asked my planner if I could retire early he laughed. Thanks for posting this, it’s inspirational.

  • imram

    This is truly inspirational, never in my wildest dreams did I think it was possible to retire in 5 years unless you won the lottery or came into inheritance. You’re methods really make sense to me and I’m planning to turn a corner financially and get on a 5 year program to achieve this.


    Thumbs up for financial literacy. And we’re not even talking college or grad school level financial analytics, but basic Edith Bunker type of skills.

    A combination of hard nosed frugality, common sense, and basic arithmetic over several years in middle and high school should help this.

  • sarah feltzer

    I think you touched on the secret shame of many middle class Americans in this video. It seems financial problems go hand in hand with a desperate need to mask it. Glad you made this. Keep bringing this type of material.

  • Melanie H.

    Powerful stuff Monty.