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 …

Thursday Rant #3 – Dear Boss, You Suck!

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Reading Time: 10 minutesIt’s been two months to the day since the office time-keeper threw me under the bus. I guess it should be no surprise that she strikes again. The first time bothered me, but this one absolutely pissed me off. They say, “It is better to be pissed off, than pissed on.” But I am not so sure I agree (since I feel like it was me getting pissed on that pissed me off). [Mr. CEO here] – Seriously, that was a disgusting image you just painted in my head.  Hold on to your computers, tablets, and phones, THIS one is going to be a fun read. GYFG texted, messaged and called me about this one from work. I had to talk him off the …

The First 6 Months of Blogging

The First 6 Months of Blogging – By The Numbers

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Reading Time: 11 minutesHas it really already been 6 months? Holy crap that came a hell of a lot quicker than I thought it would. No one told me or warned me how much work it would be to start and grow a blog. It is a lot of work! But more importantly, it has been 10 times more rewarding than I expected it to be. This blog was born on September 25th, 2014 when I officially pushed the buy button to purchase the domain and hosting from Blue Host. I have wanted to start a blog for years. In fact, I actually did start a blog back in 2009, but not really for the public. I used the blog as a place to share investing …

The Freedom Fighter

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Reading Time: 3 minutesWho am I writing for? Over the course of the last 6 months I have spent countless hours trying to figure out exactly whom it is that I’m writing for. It has taken about 40 posts, 50K words, 120 hours, and reading over 100+ Personal Finance blogs in order to finally answer this burning question. At the end of the day, this little space I have carved out on the web is really a lifestyle design blog wearing a personal finance disguise. I honestly don’t think you can have one without the other. Personal finance is the vehicle that you use to design and set up the lifestyle you desire to live. Every story starts and ends with money. I started …

Anatomy of a Side Hustle: How I made $18,000 at an effective rate of $100/hour

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Reading Time: 7 minutesYour 9 to 5 will make you a living, but your 5 to 9 will make you alive. -Nick Loper, Side Hustle Nation A side hustle is anything you do outside of your main hustle (your JOB) to earn money. I personally think that everyone should have a side hustle, even if only for the tax benefits. The extra income is really nice, too. Everyone has their own reason for starting a side hustle, but here are a few reasons why you might want to consider starting one: To Earn More Money To Pay Off Debt To Learn New Skills To Work On Something You’re Passionate About To Quit Your Day Job (Eventually) To Diversify Your Income Streams For the Tax …

Financial Truth

The Financial Truth: There’s a limit to how much you can cut expenses, but there’s no limit on how much you can earn.

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Reading Time: 6 minutesDo you want more from life? More money? More freedom? More security? More time with friends and family doing the things you love? I don’t know anyone that would say no to these questions. That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of people out there that are completely content with their lives. Maybe they have all the money, freedom, security, and time they need and want. I need to let you in on a Financial Truth when it comes to your finances. There is a natural ceiling on how much you can save, but how much you can earn is limitless. Now that we know that universal truth, let’s take a look at the two ways you can build wealth: 1) You can spend less. Unfortunately there is …

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 …