At the age of 22, I graduated college with an education degree, and jumped enthusiastically into the world of teaching, eager to “mold young minds.” I still distinctly remember my salary that first year… it was the highest paying gig I could find and more money than I had ever made before.
That first year I worked my heart out.
Between lesson plans, dozens of papers to grade, seven different classes often with 30+ students each, outside-of-class “chaperone” duties PLUS an unpaid soccer coaching position, I was worn out at the end of each week.
Then one night I sat down and totalled it all up. Taking into account all the hours I was putting in, I was making about $8/hour — with a college degree. Talk about depressing!
At the end of that year, I decided to rethink things. I needed to learn how money worked, so that I could eventually escape the rat race and not have to work myself to death every month. I still wanted to do things like teaching and coaching, but without the worry and stress about how I was going to pay the bills and eat.
The trouble was, I knew next to nothing…
So, I looked around and found a book called “The Millionaire Next Door.” And that book would change my life. It set me on a quest, and in the next year or so I got my foot into the financial services industry at a small financial planning firm. From there I went to grad school at night, earned an MBA, and then a CFP® (Certified Financial Planner). I learned by doing, and started investing in real estate, stocks, bonds, and eventually even my own business.
Now I’m mid-thirties and well on my way to financial independence. I’m certainly not rich, but I have a plan to acheive my goals and am making progress every month. More importantly, on a daily basis I get to see behind the scenes of the finances of executives, CEOs, and entreprenuers. I see the tactics and strategies that the rich use to build wealth, and I also see the pitfalls that even the wealthy sometimes fall into.
So, the purpose for this site is to hopefully to help others along on the same journey, and to explore these topics together. I’ve been so blessed that I hope to give back a little through this site. Please note, nothing on this site is intended to be personal financial advice–just my own thoughts, views and experiences. Please do your own research before making any financial decision, and consult with the appropriate professional when needed.
P.S. The lawyers want me to include this disclaimer. 😉
More random stuff about me:
hot drink of choice:
Land of a Thousand Hills coffee
heart was pounding last:
almost always want to be:
on the slopes
cant be interrupted when:
Tottenham is playing
cued up on long drives:
favorite local eats: