I Have Cancer.  Now What I Am Going to Do?

i have cancer now what

Two weeks ago I learned some pretty shocking news: I have cancer. What started out as a seemingly simple trip to the doctor to find out why my neck was feeling so constricted lately quickly escalated into an 8-night stay at the hospital full of scans, biopsies, and blood-work which ultimately concluded that I have Stage II Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Believe me – to say this has been quite a shock is to say the least.  I’ll be turning 35 years old next month and this is something I would have never guessed I’d be dealing with at this stage of my life.  I’ve always worked very, very hard to stay … [Read more...]

Recognizing the Important Aspects of Life

important aspects of life

One of my favorite movies to watch during Christmas time is the old classic “A Christmas Carol”. Yes, I know.  It’s about as cliché of a Christmas movie as they can possibly get.  Pretty much everyone knows the story of bitter-old Ebenezer Scrooge and how he changes his miserable ways after a visit from 3 ghosts who show him how meaningless his life really is and convince him to change. I think most people will agree that the main point of the Dickens’s tale is that there is more to life than money.  However as I’ve become older I’ve realized that the theme of money actually highlights … [Read more...]

Learn How to Manage Money Wisely By Doing This One Thing

How to Manage Money Wisely

A few months ago a coworker and I got talking about our company’s retirement plan and I could tell he needed some help understanding some of the fundamentals.  So the next day I lent him a copy of one of one of my favorite books on finance in hopes that it would help him to manage his money better.  However a few months later when I checked in with him he said he still had not read the book because he hadn’t found the time for it. “I don’t have time for that” – It’s one of the biggest illusions we fool ourselves into believing.  We say it about exercising more, going back and getting that … [Read more...]

How to Become Independently Wealthy … Outside Your Job

How to Become Independently Wealthy

How does someone actually get rich? Should they make more money at their jobs by working harder?  Should they take on longer hours and more responsibility … all in vain hopes of getting a better raise or bigger bonus? Is your job even really the only way how to become independently wealthy? In this post I want to dig a little deeper into what it takes to actually become “rich”.  People who have made it – whether they are in the top 100 of Forbes or even people that you know in real life - more than likely didn’t get there by running the rat race and working themselves to dead.  While … [Read more...]

Stay Humble – You’re Still Just a Ditch-Digger

Stay Humble

Sometimes I feel like all throughout my life I was lead by the media to believe I was going to be entitled. When I was a little boy I used to watch Scrooge McDuck swim through his giant money bin full of cash. When I was teenager I watched MTV’s The Real World and couldn’t wait to live in giant apartment with no job for 2-3 months. When I was an adult house hunting shows made me think that living in a beautiful, luxurious $300K home was completely normal. With messages like that, how is someone supposed to stay humble?  By getting back to their roots every now and again.  By … [Read more...]

Never Let Anyone Compromise Your Goals in Life

goals in life

My wife and I have been having a lot of discussion lately about some of the changes we want to make that will help us reach our goals in life sooner rather than later. Don’t worry – there’s nothing wrong with us or our marriage.  But for reasons I won’t get into publicly, let’s just say that the working-world has decided to pose some complicated challenges that would otherwise make it take longer to get there. Since going down this path of reaching financial freedom, we’ve both been so completely infatuated with the goal of getting there.  We’re seduced by the thought of what our lives … [Read more...]

Even Though I Want Financial Freedom, I’ve Still Got a Long Ways to Go

I Want Financial Freedom

Recently when I was asked to do an interview with the Mint website, it got me thinking a lot about how much I want financial freedom and where I’m at so far with my own savings goals. So I decided to try this fun game - You can try it too.  Pretend you decided to stop working tomorrow and were going to live off of absolutely nothing else other than your financial assets (and good looks) for the rest of your life.  Call it an early retirement.  Call it what you will. The magic question would then be: How much money would you be able to pay yourself each month?   How Much Money … [Read more...]

How Do You Keep Yourself From Becoming Who You Don’t Want to Be?

Don’t Want to Be

Have you ever looked at someone and just plain thought to yourself: That’s who I don’t want to be in 20 or so years from now? Recently I was re-reading a great book “The 4 Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss.  One of the thoughts that stuck with me was his conversation in Chapter 4 about how he and a friend keep trying to avoid becoming that “old, fat, bald man in the red convertible”. To them, that was the epitome of a pathetic, wasted life.  It was their stereotype (and we all know someone like this) of a broken middle-age man making his last desperate effort to experience life when he had … [Read more...]