I am a mid-twenties millennial web developer, dividend enthusiast, real estate investor, knowledge seeking and financial independence pursuer. I guess you could say I like investing and watching things grow. It’s funny, because it definitely didn’t start like that.
I remember at 15 coming home and complaining to my parents that I hated my job and I hated school. I was doomed from the start! They gave me the option to quit school forever if I decided to read 2 books. (They would have never let me, but they were trying to motivate me to open my mind). The books were, “The Wealthy Barber” by David Chilton (second all-time favorite book!) and “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. Now for those of you who have kids reading this, when’s the last time you gave them a book to read and they actually did it? No, take your time to think. Kids at 15, we think that we know everything and that the world will just give us whatever we want. Well, life doesn’t work like that. I figured I would much rather go to school, get a good education, get a good job and everything else would be fine in life and it will work itself out.
It took me almost 3 years of watching the books gather dust till I was bored one day and decided to pick one of them up and get reading. I remember reading the books in about a week and I was hooked. It was talking about the real world concepts that no one talked about in school and now wishes that they knew. Since then it has been about acquiring knowledge, pushing myself and learning constantly about all things personal finance. I am an avid student of the game now and I’m always eager and motivated to learn more. When you step outside of your comfort zone, this is where you really start to find out who you are and start to grow.
I want to help my generation better themselves. To not have the feeling that they are trapped in their 9-5 that they hate waiting for the weekend to come around. To not have that feeling that life is passing them by day by day, not pursing the things they love.