How can someone who works full time and is the primary source of income, has a small child and a wife he would like to keep around for awhile supposed to chase his dreams of owning his own business? Become financially secure? Not worry about his college tuition for his children? Travel wherever and whenever he wants?
And do it while not ending up divorced?
As I write this, that is the challenge that faces me today. I am not going to lie. I want to be rich. As rich as I can. I want my children to be in the best schools. I don’t want to worry about how rent is going to be made month to month. I want my wife to buy that fancy hand bag or jewelry that she wants without looking at the price. And if I want that new car, I want to be able to go out and buy it.
They say “money does not buy happiness”. They also say, “more money, more problems”. Who are “THEY”? are they rich people? Is it poor people justifying that it is ok to be poor? Or is it just society as a whole? No matter who “THEY” are, I tend to disagree. While there are exceptions, I think these statements are made so people can feel good about their life.
If you found an extremely poor mother, a woman who lives in the slums of Detroit, is hooked on crack, sells her body for money and never knows if she will have a roof over her head from night to night. Stood her next to someone like Kim Kardashian, could you say both are equally unhappy? I don’t believe you would. And if you think money is not at least a factor in their happiness then you are naive.
I don’t claim to know Kim Kardashian’s level of unhappiness and what happens in their life day to day. But what I can tell you is that it is highly unlikely that she, Kim, is suffering like the woman I described on a day to day basis. Because while Kim does have her daily woes, of, “what selfie am I going to post on Instagram today”, how bad are the tabloids making fun of my latest booty picture, or where her next photo shoot will be, Kim will never have to worry if she is going to eat that day. Or if CPS will be taking her children away from her. Or if she will be sleeping in the street that night.
I do agree, if you are an unhappy person as a whole, money will not change that. This statement is absolutely true. BUT, I do believe that if you have money and are already happy, money will make life a lot less stressfull, will provide convenience and security that the less fortunate could only dream of.
I am a happy person. My life is really good. I have a good job that pays the bills, I have a wonderful wife, a beautiful little girl and another on the way. But we do basically live pay check to pay check with only a little that we are able to put away for savings. We are not in poverty, we live in a good neighborhood, with good schools and have a lot of nice things. I know that if we cut out frivolous things in our life we would have a lot more in saving. But I don’t want to give up my comforts.
After working for half my life for someone else (I am 36 at the time of writing this), I decided I was going to strike out on my own and seize financial freedom. I want my children to go to the best schools, I want money in the bank, I want to be free of financial stress. Just as important, I want to be the boss. I want to answer to no one in my career and to create something I can be proud of. And I want to do it all while still providing for my family and hopefully maintaining a secure lifestyle.
This blog will catalog my pursuit to my dreams. I will write, step by step, what I am doing to achieve success. Businesses I am starting, how I am starting them and how well they are performing. I wont pull any punches. If something fails, will post it. If something succeeds I will post that. This blog is completely transparent, nothing held back.
It has the potential to be embarrassing, and completely blowing up in my face. But with my transparency holding me accountable, hopefully the fear will motivate me to success.
I hope you will join me during this chapter of my life and we can work together to achieve success.