Building a Career

Connecting The Dots Looking Backwards – Deconstructing My Career

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Reading Time: 20 minutesYou can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. – Steve Jobs I’ve always been a big believer that every experience acts as a stepping stone to your end destination, however momentary it may be. I tend to think of the destinations as I go more like waypoints along a much longer journey. Each arrival is only a snapshot in time and after a momentary pause acts as the starting point on the way to the next waypoint. Sometimes there’s a real awareness of how decisions and experiences will connect in the future; but most of the …

High Income Earner

[Guest Post] What I Learned Working With Someone Making $1.5M a Year

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Reading Time: 5 minutesToday we have a guest post from Finance Solver, the blogger over at SolvingFinance.com. He is a recent college graduate with a degree in finance and is sharing his unique path to wealth building, just like the rest of us in the personal finance blogosphere. In the guest post to follow, Finance Solver is going to share what he learned working with a CFO earning $1.5M per year. Take it away Finance Solver… The majority of people want to be a millionaire, including Mr. GYFG and myself. There’s no doubt about it. However, instead of being worth $1M, what if you could make over $1M by just working one year? That sounds like the dream. To get to that status, though, …

Career Capital

Do the Work, Get the Reward – 8 Years and Many 70-100 Hour Work Weeks – Gets you What?

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Reading Time: 5 minutesNot many people are willing to put in the kind of time it takes in order to take what appear to be quantum leaps. However, for those that are willing to “do the work,” great reward is there for the taking. In this short post we will explore what is possible in short periods of time with concentrated effort, strategic long hours, and learning a valuable (and marketable) skill set. Remember that most overnight successes are the better part of 10 years in the making. If we assume that the average person works 40 hours per week, then at a very simplistic level we can see how mathematically it could be possible for someone that is motivated and ambitious to …

May 2016 Goal Checkin

Monthly Goal Check-in #5 – @ 6/1/2016

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Reading Time: 9 minutesOne… Two… Three… Four… Five…Holy crap! That’s right, we are approaching the half way point rather quickly. May was an absolutely nutty month at work, and the call of duty had me stepping up to the plate to put in many 90+ hour work weeks. We are in the middle of a HUGE deal at work and I have been helping lead the diligence requested by potential investors. In the process I have had the pleasure of working with investment bankers (leading the transaction) and private equity folks (potential investors in our company). First, do investment bankers ever sleep? I think not! I am convinced that they have a continuous and never ending supply of cocaine and caffeine and reserve sleep for …

Reality of Overnight Success

The Reality of The Overnight Success…It’s 10 Years in the Making!

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Reading Time: 4 minutesMy guess is that many of you who read this blog suffer from the self-imposed belief that you always have to be “on” and “productive”. You’re a SERIAL ACHIEVER that has a hard time shutting it off and shutting it down. You always have to be learning. When you’re not learning you’re taking action and applying what you’ve learned. You’re almost always doing one of the following: You’re Producing. You’re Creating. You’re Planning. You’re Teaching. You’re Taking Massive Action. Rinse & Repeat! It’s what we know will get us everything we desire in this life. People like us realize that if you don’t go to work building your own dream, you’ll end up living your whole life building someone else’s dream. We take …

Opportunity Looks Like Hard Work

Opportunity Looks A Lot Like Hard Work

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Reading Time: 4 minutesDo you have a busy season at work? If you do, do you realize how mission critical it is for the progression of your career and your financial success? For me the busy time of year is the 4th quarter. Especially in the new role. However, I also recognize that this is the time of year that it makes the most sense for me to go above and beyond to put the hard work in. For the past 6 weeks I have progressively gone from working about 50 hours a week to 90+ hours a week. This past week alone I have worked from 4am to 9pm almost every day (the week before Thanksgiving). Now let me point out that …

Climbing The Corporate Ladder

That Email That Led To ^ $60,000 In Compensation

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Reading Time: 9 minutesEver since starting this blog I have been deeply introspective with regards to my career and my interests. Since graduating college with a degree in corporate finance, that’s where I have spent the majority of my career. Within that model, and being the good corporate monkey that I was taught to be, I have done everything to continue and progress my career in finance to the highest level possible. When you pursue the corporate finance career path, that highest level and ultimate destination is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role. In my current role, I report to the CFO. We have even had discussions about succession planning and how I fit into the plan as his successor when he eventually leaves …

You already own your own business, even if you have a Boss???

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Reading Time: 6 minutesSo like many of you I have a JOB! Yes, I do own a consulting business in the digital marketing and analytics space (which I shut down so I can put more focus and attention on this blog), but I also have a day job in Finance. And before I ever had a business (I have had several), I had always thought of myself as an EMPLOYEE and had aspired to one day own my own business and break away from working for “THE MAN.” At least that was how I looked at things until I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie, who provided me with a whole new framework. One weekend, at a conference for a previous employer, I got the …

I Make 6 Figures But I Hate My Job

I Make 6 Figures But I Hate My Job

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Reading Time: 7 minutesLet me be the first to come out and say that I never thought I would say that I hated a job that brought home six figures. And let me tell you why: I grew up dirt poor and lived on welfare as a kid. I slept on the floor of my grandmother’s two bedroom apartment with my other 4 brothers. Which by the way, the house was in a very poor neighborhood and was a part of section 8 housing, which means the rent was subsidized by the government. So normal rent might have been $1,000/month. However my grandmother was only responsible for $125/month, which she struggled to pay. My mother has never held down a job in her …