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I plan on paying it off with my own money which is a significant investment and would cut my savings thoroughly. I think a Top 10 MBA is worth it. Your income takes a large step function higher, and most likely permanently too if you stick to the traditional path. I am embarrassed for my failures, but I will continue to try hard and improve every day. Care to share your story? I can relate with Sam. I went to a flagship large public university, got the highest paying job I could out of college working for a large IT firm, and worked my butt off while I lived with my parents.

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I paid my parents rent which covered half their mortgage , food and utilities were included. After 4 years of waiting, the real estate market crashed and I purchased my first property in a gentrifying neighborhood in the city. I lived in the basement on a futon and rented out the 3 upstairs bedrooms, it covered my mortgage and some.

I renovated the house slowly over 3 years and finally moved out when I purchased a 4 unit apt building in the adjacent neighborhood which was on the cusp of gentrifying. I am in my early 30s and I have 4 properties 8 units. The constant is that I always worked hard, both in my and now in Real Estate and that I saved a lot.

While I was doing my thing I saw most my friends wasting their money away on cars and unnecessary purchases. Most of them have nothing to show for it other then a liability they consider an asset primary residence , some not even that. This is a very easy formula but it requires discipline. I think that is what separated me from my friends. Thanks for sharing your encouraging story!

A huge housing crisis may not be in the cards for those of us who are starting in the last few years, but the constants—spending way below your means, and buying assets instead of liabilities—will always produce more wealth than a consumption lifestyle. Yes, please do share your story Matt. By looking at the numbers, FS is fairly aggressive in his savings. I wish I read these kinds of inspiring stories when I was in high school and perhaps I would be closer to being a millionaire by now.

Thanks Sam for curbing my spending. If you go to college, and then law school or pursue some other degree, that goal may get pushed back. This is the second time I read this article now. Real estate is interesting, you seem to have done a great job there. By the way, did you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger made his first million s from real estate? This was before he got famous as an actor. Great stuff! He seems like a very enterprising person.

The best lesson is the same lesson your grandparents would tell you. Start saving early and live below your means. The only difference is that you should put that message on steroids. Do that for as long as possible. Compared to most of my peers, I was. Unfortunately, I know now I could have done more.

Of course, to many I am way ahead. We only need so much to be happy. Hi Sam. I have all my accounts in Personal Capital but that shows before tax with the exception of my Roth …am I wrong? Are you including all your assets in your calculation including real estate, jewelry, etc or just cash and securities?

Im 43 and my net worth is a little over a million including my primary residence. I usually feel better than most but not when I read your blog! Id just take your pretax assets and multiply it by 1 — your effective tax rate to get a rough picture. Two things you significantly underestimate in your post: Structural factors that can make or break you:. As a women of color — it would have been so much harder to rise in a company — older mentors who are white and male would never have promoted you to VP.

There is plenty of evidence of this statistically — it is much harder as a minority and as a women to rise. But do you think younger people have more energy than older people? We can focus on race and age to defeat us and discredit people. But how about we focus on my thesis? I just turned 26 couple months ago. My wife and I started a business cellphone stores 4 going to 5 years ago. Its hard to tell our net worth, was good but also the worse in comparison.

We lost money to the landlord in order to break contract plus also all the money that we put in it. Fast forward to nov, sign a contract for a new store which was supposed to be open by December. We ended opening 2 days ago long store short this store we put laminated floors 3 days after it got water damage and we had to stop and re do everything again.. Anyways, we have over k in merchandise. I think we could manage to reach 1MM by age Ifthings go as planned possibly even more because we were suppose to have 6 stores by I hope by we have 15 or more stores which in that case 1MM should be a problem and the addition of rental properties and other investments that may arise.

Pretty much all the money that we have now we made it in the last 2 years. Love that you are going for the American dream man! Risk, reward, hard work! Keep it up and diversify your gains to safer assets when you can. Incredible story, really inspirational to everyone out there. If I may ask, what was the position you worked for at your firm, was it related to investing? I think the problem with most people out there is that they live the moment entirely. The key to success is to focus on your long-term goals and do at least a little everyday to get there. I worked in the Equities department sales and trading.

It was one of the major revenue generators of the firm. Do you think these numbers are accurate? I myself have been in software for 2 years since graduating. They pay about k, rise to k when you are more senior and bring home the bacon. I highly recommend people in tech look at sales engineering and technical sales.

It pays much better and you stop being a commodity. Relationships you build can transfer over to other jobs too; whereas tech is often just a job — as the tech you learn is evolving your knowledge becomes outdated. Yes, those numbers are pretty in line. Inste Any occupation where you are responsible for bringing in the revenue allows you to potentially make more if you generate more. Towards the end of my career in and , that correlation broke, so I figured, why bother. Instead, I went out on my own!

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Outstanding article! Hard work and perseverance pay off in the long run. I especially like your advice to remain humble and be seen as the underdog, while also building alliances and seeking out a mentor at work. I made a lot of financial mistakes-buying a brand new Corvette in and short selling a house in California being the biggest-but consistently saved and invested and got ride of debt.

My personal financial education was through experience, but I wish I had had resources like this blog when I was in my teens. All our kids should learn from sites like yours. Keep up the good work! I have read this with interest as someone who took some of the steps you mentioned at With real estate we are at just under 2M and are feeling quite confident about the next few years. Will be fun to see how far we can go with it. The wife and I have done this together, and I cannot over-emphasize the importance of that.

Oh, and our car was 16 years old when we got clobbered from the rear last year. Now have a still frugal car, but can appreciate the difference with a slight move up. Get well set, then take more risks later while leaving yourself some breathing room. I also plot everything on an Excel sheet and feel that this is the only informative way to understand what is happening to you, as you describe in your own shorthand what is going on… I am guessing running commentaries that make you pause and think are not possible with some of these other financial life-planning programs.

I have a question. I am a young person and I am inspired by your path to becoming a millionaire. What if I liked science? Or tech? Or engineering? Is the smartest play to study finance, economics, etc instead? Good on you for researching your options early on. So yes, an MbA from a too school significantly increases your chances. Wonderful communicators in speech and writing go much farther IMO. Do well in school to at least give yourself a chance at more opportunities! Very impressive. If you have a chance in future posts it would be great to get a sense of what your thoughts might be on what strategies are most effective for building wealth.

I really think real estate is the best way for most people to build wealth over the long run. I absolutely love this article! I am 27 and is constantly talking to my wife about a break through. Yep, did the whole college thing…. Graduated, and started working…. I do have a little PC business working out of home and it does bring in some income, just getting the business is the biggest thing. My guess is that only 1 in a do this.

At age 27 my net worth is around 30k. I decided to pursue acting as a career so my income is extremely variable and limited. But reading stories like yours motivates me to work harder and find new and innovative ways to save, invest, and grow. Hi Stefanie, nice job not being in debt and best of luck with the acting career. If you make it big, please invite me to be your date to the next grand soiree OK? This site is great. I really want your input on my situation.

I had diverted more of money to my savings account so I can buy a small business in the future age 30 is the target date. I just paid off all of my undergraduate debt. I am currently going for my MBA part time paid for by my employer. I refuse to pay any expenses out of pocket for tuition even if it means taking 4 years to complete. Question is, how do you think I am positioned right now? I did graduate in 09 when the economy bombed completely.

I am trying to look at additional ways to grow my savings. I was then going to place any additional dollars saved in Jan into aggressive investments like stocks. I really want to take advantage of the next 3 — 4 before I am in my early 30s so I can grow a nice capital cushion. I am not as far ahead as you are when you were my age. If I was in your shoes I would do all the research I could on investments other than savings and CDs at this point in time.

If the stock market pulls back do to an exogenous variable like a Syrian raid by the US, is start mobilizing those funds. I enjoyed watching my friends go out all the time and complain about not having any money and getting into trouble, while I spent my free time at the office, or bettering myself with Language, MBA, and additional work training all paid for by my employer.

Any thoughts? Now that I know, I have no regrets… but if I had failed at achieving my income goals… maybe it would be another story. But at least I would also put to rest my desire to be an entrepreneur. There are lessons here for everyone. I agree with you, Brendan.

The common threads seem to be the same: 1. Prioritize saving. Work both hard AND smart. Earn at least an average income, and preferably better than average. Thanks MysticalTyger. Stories are personal and will never be one size fits all. The feeling of accomplishment is fleeting. Brendan, just your attitude alone is going to take you far. Good luck! Damn this post is motivation. Granted we have a few differences.. I should have focused a bit more to push for the higher net worth by Maybe I can catch you by then. Might write a post in 4 years about NW at But with the way I delayed this post for 8 years, we might have to wait for 12 years!

By and large I agree with what you are saying. But Sam also patiently kept his lifestyle in check while he made big gains which is neither hard work nor plain luck. Of course, the latter did not bear such gracious financial fruit. In tech, of course, the lotto effect takes hold as some eye pre-IPO companies.

Whereas here and now, most people need advice on how to invest in a generalized way that will yield them superior returns with risk well contained that stands the test of time. That is not reliant on finding the next magic stock. Or a big bonus. Any thoughts during your career of joining a Google, Apple, eBay or other companies?

Anybody smart enough to get a job at MSFT is able to get a job at such places no? I have been fortunate to have two loving parents and a brain that works most of the time. A few months ago, I alluded to this when I commented on your post of finance strategies that can bound risk by investing across contrarian large, small, mid-cap asset classes that would yield double digit returns while also tranching years worth of emergency funds in bonds, dividend funds, and liquid cash. This is premised on fact that all markets will eventually reflect the real macroeconomy, and all that matters when said and done is focusing on core macroeconomics than watching CNBC gossip.

Interesting enough, a bunch of finance PhDs got bored with regressing financial datasets and decided to take a stab at macroeconomic finance. A strategy based on going long on an index when macroeconomic conditions are improving and shorting the market when conditions are deteriorating would have delivered an average annual return of 14 per cent between and , the academics claim.

In contrast, a static position in the same indices would have delivered returns of essentially zero, assuming the same level of risk. I alluded to this in my posts a few months back, but early on in life, my goal was to have 40 million by I figured riding the dot-com wave would accelerate that feat. What happened instead is my dad and grandmother got stricken with heart disease and surgery around the same time. My grandmother did not survive a 2nd angioplasty. And my dad had an extended bout with heart surgery and heart disease.

My god grandmother died too, and within two years my god grandfather died of stomach cancer, a 6 foot man once now down to the bone suffering and seeking to be with his loved one that he took for granted in life. Thus my priorities changed. I would give up all the money at my disposal if I could have saved them one or all. So rather than going to another tech co. I did do the dot-come thing before Microsoft, made it during the 2nd half of eToys for example, but frankly one realizes fate dictates what first things is first.

Fortunately we live in the USA and not Uganda, and the choices afforded to us are truly bountiful, at least for those of us whose parents sacrificed providing us a leg up at least with educational opportunities so we had at our disposal choices, ideas, and critical thinking and decision-making that would serve us well throughout our lives. My wife and I now have a 2. Because we had prolonged stress for 2 years, I also developed liver problems that led to a botched biopsy resulting in 6 pints blood internally bled out which I almost died. That was 7 mos. And just a month ago, I had a bad case of sepsis where I almost died again arising from a bad liver and immune system that simply could not handle the boatload of gram positive bacteria that encultured over the summer infecting both my calves.

Now my biography has a lot less smoother arc then yours. While the 20s took a lot out of me, I also had a Chinese grandmother who married to a army general called the shots instilling in me values and mettle that has served me well. We are worth 1MM today, and frankly without the opportunity cost of life, I would no doubt have landed 10MM by now.

But I would not change a thing, to be there for my loved ones at their last moments on earth, to let them know they are loved and cared for. I would never exchange that for magnetic blips in the cloud that supposedly designate my net worth. Thus I would differ my thesis asserting it is your life experiences and knowledge that afford you the most choices, of which money is but one leverage point. So when I read blogs such as these, it has a sense of surreal half-truths, a life fortunately lived, but also disconnected from the rest of humanity, those who were apparently too dumb to figure out how easy savings and accumulating wealth is.

But then there is also love found and lost, children and families, to plain old shitty initial conditions that get in the way for mere mortals that did not live in such a rarefied environment where frugal stout parents provided for and duly instilled the ingredients and laid the groundwork for your station in life today. It is monotone and insults those who had a different sort of life than you, and does not account for the real world.

A mortal life with truly humbled perspective, that is well lived and learned is far more important. Good perspective. You should feel proud, not bitter. It makes me sad that you are insulted by me just telling you my story. Your life is reality and my life is not real, to you at least. But I can assure you that my life is real to me. Perhaps read other blogs that are full of suffering and sadness.

The great thing about this country is freedom. Cherish it forever! Other people take action and grab life by the horns. I enjoyed the article very much I myself am recently 22 and work from 8 am to 10 pm every day operating my own online business. Some days are better then others and some days I get so frustrated I want to quit but I always remind my self of people such as your self and that anything is possible in life if you have the right mindset. I hear you on feeling the month to month movement in the revenue figures.

Hopefully things will be up and to the right for you! There are lots of other people in the world who had the same or even better advantages than he who did not make use of them. Having overcome so much, I am quite a happy satisfied guy who now is enjoying life doing what he wants.

What snarked me was the disdain that it often shows for people not like him. How Roth is an evil govt plan that should be avoided when it plainly defies finance basics — arithmetically and compoundingly so. Call that karma. I do take issue to how you put down others as a means to deliver your message. You can do better in the future by simply recognizing your particular use case and the scenarios and variables involved sans value judgements and put downs on huge swaths of society you seem so disconnected from.

Like I said, money is but a tool. Knowledge and wisdom are far more important. Snarky and snoody as that may sound. Just wanted to leave a note for FS. While I like the overall message, I too find the tone to be off-putting. Anything specific you want to point out that is off putting? But I do want to understand different perspectives. Check out this post! As an objective observer, it looks like jealousy has taken hold of you. Just have a read of your two comments. Until you can come to grips with your own issues, you will always consider yourself an underachieve and angry.

His posts are very insightful and make people think. Read this post. He had great parents that instilled good values in him and he attributes a good chunk of his success to that. I hope you learned ways to cope and have moved past it. Crazy literally, like…brain damaged. I was also in a lower-middle class household and they were hoarders! My father was a wonderful man but too passive and too in love with her to do something about her for his kids. I was a child. You know, like how to have healthy relationships, have a sense of humor, how to deal with emotions, how to react normally to situations, how to handle money, how to study, how to apply to college, or how to be… successful.

I survived. I learned from friends. You know to this day, at damn near 30, I have a hard time understanding or sensing sarcasm? Or not dealing with all emotions with survivalist anger? Or to cry? Everyday I have to override what I learned in my critical years of years old. I find them inspiring. I see them as mentors. I see their behaviors and thoughts as the good kind that can help me unlearn the bad ones and learn the ones that can help me lead a happy, healthy, successful life, for me and my family. I also love to come across people like that because I want my children to be that way too, never having to experience what I did, and to have the happy, healthy, strong, productive thoughts that would allow them to be successful in life as if that is always the way it should have been.

So Sam, please keep doing what you are doing. I know I do. Congrats on the promotion! Glad you are owning your worth. Thanks for your support! Your post reminds me that the human condition frequently makes us all mysteries to one another. I think the advice on FS is timeless and wise, no matter what life throws your way: be frugal and save, make wise choices, work hard, invest, take risks when you can, etc.

I could go on and on. Some stuff here fits my circumstances better than other stuff, but it all is earnest and interesting. None of us have a corner on wisdom and Sam is sharing plenty here on an ongoing basis. Migrate to the states? Make the most of what I have? I have no clear answer. Welcome to my site! I wish you all the best in making your first million USD. Really inspiring post Sam. I loved how you put your story out there. I did try as much as I could, but my first job out of college paid just bare minimum.

Very interesting post Sam. I started my career out in banking as well. The most surprising thing about this post was that you were able to leave work around at GS. I think they must have sweated us much longer! Its bloody hard work when you are in though. The big income helps trigger large savings, which if managed well can get you a good head start. I think you are right about real estate.

I should have levered far more into property than I did. I went with stocks as my chosen pathway, but a property allocation would have been a better play. Some smaller cap dividend stocks have helped along the way, combined with solid double digit returns from some larger stocks. Thanks mate. Hence all the investment related posts on the site. Having the nut definitely gives you more confidence to pursue more things you really want to do. And of course once you gain a large enough passive cash flow stream, then it is total freedom. Thanks for laying it out, Sam.

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A good lesson on taking profits. The first took me longer than I thought it should have. I had my own small business that was modestly successful off and on. The second took only about 4 years as the business started making money more consistently. The third took about 2. Nice work Jon! It does appear that the trajectory will continue. The business is throwing off good cash flow with little of my attention because we are blessed with good managers. My current decision is where to spend my time since I have more options than ever before.

Excellent post, one of your best to date in my opinion. Good stuff for everyone, but in particular for people recently out of college — they should read this post and bookmark it. Thanks Ray. Awesome you and your wife are living in Hawaii! Do you have a post telling your story about why you moved there and where in Hawaii? You just need one of many to pay off often times before you start the rocket ride journey. Dare to dream. It does take time. What I find is going to help me in my situation is to continue to work on the things that are producing income and then work on trying to expand those incomes into P2P lending , stocks, rental properties and other investments so that I can continue to have decent incomes even if a few income streams fall off the face of the earth over the next few years.

I think that is the best insurance that one can take for themselves in this economy. So would you not recommend P2P at this point? Do you use any automated tools? I hate watching my entire portfolio go down on days like today…. I would actually because returns should be going up with higher rates.

I have an aggressive goal for myself. I am trying to have a million in bank accounts by Im 35 now and close to the k mark. I am going to need a bit of help i. I wish I had been serious about saving, and had the income I do, in my 20s; I wonder what the extra decade of growth would have done for me. Sounds like a good goal to me! I have financial advisors who manage most of it, so most of it is in the market. I have about 6k in P2P, which I can increase. Good stuff. Hey, thanks for sharing, especially the details of your efforts. I learn a lot from you.

I hope you continue to have good luck and that you enjoy your well-earned break. No problem Liz. Good luck on your asset building journey. Great insight in the process of building a nest egg. I got started late in the game but stories like this really motive me to keep on working the plan. Living the bare minimum lifestyle is something I am very used to so hopefully I can just keep it up once I finish school and land a job.

Levi, congrats on being almost through school. Good to hear from you Billy. I remember stopping by your site several years ago and learning about your Blue Fire Poker website. Sounds good Jeremy. Way to go raising that savings rate. That is a fundamental key. Just gotta keep compounding and investing those savings. Do you get much traffic on your site?

My site is small peanuts mate. But the one thing you might want to consider is that there are lots of different types of real people out there. If you have a site, id love to read it. Congrats on your nice credit score. From the time we got married till now, it was a combination of making good salaries, living modestly, and saving aggressively that got us here.

I think that working hard will get you to a certain point, but working smart is the path to financial freedom. The question is what sort of after-tax investments should we look into? Sounds like you two are really kicking butt! My advice on investments is first pay off every last piece of debt, cars, student loans, mortgage, etc…once you have zero debt, then invest in things that you very clearly understand and are able explain the investment to an 8th grader.

Just need to be an accredited investor. I look forward to your update on the next million! It just happened one day two years before I realized it because I was too busy working. Unfortunately real estate here is quite expensive. FI, congrats on your home purchase. The reasons you listed for not including it can be flipped; first of all, the imputed rent you would be paying instead of a mortgage has a real value.

In addition, your mortgage interest expense and property tax both have a dollar-for-dollar value in reducing your taxable income. One thing I do for that calculation is to take the conservative sales value of the home, multiply by. Another way to do it, is to calculate the nut needed to throw off a conservative equivalent rent i.

Continued success to you. I agree with you JayCeezy that the the decision to purchase a home does definitely add economic value in the form of saved rent. How much would I need to conservatively invest to return the same costs as I save by owing my home? A 10 year term deposit here in Australia returns 4.

This probably highlights one of the problems with NPV — it can be calculated in different ways to give vastly different results! Like you, I believe it is inevitable with hard work and determination. Love the timeline! Any thoughts on updating your net worth series with real numbers and not just percentages now? Curious why you chose the Excel spreadsheet to track net worth over something like Quicken or other products now that can download all that information to put it in a single place for you?

Besides, it was free. Good luck in your journey. Enjoy the path too. The mass media and the government are powerful. Hi JT, when I first started funding the k I had a more conventional notion of retiring at Besides, thank goodness for RULE 72t which allows for early withdrawal! I also wish I kept fortune hunting in the stock market. Sam, This is the post that needed to be written so that your readers can benchmark themselves.

I was lucky with a few investments prior to the crash despite not fully committing to investing and growing my wealth. The most lucrative investments I made lost money early, especially in The market crash has helped me make up tremendous ground to the point where financial independence is less than 10 years away, maybe even 5 if my investments pay off. Is your third property the house in Kaimuki?

Is it vacant or rented out? My problem now is most of my wealth is tied up in real estate and retirement accounts, not very liquid. Now we are focusing on building up our taxable accounts while still maximizing all retirement accounts. Sam you definitely should have more posts like this, especially for naysayers. I can only handle so many blogs that write about the chocolate bar they bought which caused them to go over budget.

Charles, My third prop is in California. Sam, you know as well as a lot of other folks that being too heavy in any given thing is probably not a good thing. It could have been sooner if I took money off the table with the company options and share purchase plan in but instead I ended up riding it down and changed jobs to a start up that crashed and burned 10 months later in early Then I spent a year trying to get into a new job and started over again- so it was worth all the lessons learned in hindsight, plus I have to say that my life was all the richer for it.

How do you plan to spend your millions in Thailand? Thailand is the 2nd largest market for luxury German cars, a lot of people are making some serious coin out here and they are locals. It was a good cash outlay but one that I think is worth the money. Sounds like a worth purchase to me Mike. My NW is entirely tied up in stocks. I love how on one hand you were willing to put just about every dime you had into a risky investment, but on the other you are a millionaire driving a 13 year old car. It is a rare combination of being frugal but willing to take risks.

It clearly worked out well. I love cars, but I love Moose more. It really is all about spending money on experiences. Excellent post! Similar to you, this is from a combination of hard work, a good degree, a lucrative engineering job, and working hard on weekends and when the workday is over! Now that my family is growing and consuming more of my time, I can look back and appreciate the hard work setting up multiple income streams when I was younger. The best thing about hard work is that it is OVER, and yet it keeps on giving often times.

Great advice! My journey was different, but similar in some respects. Taking risks is key to success. Investing in income property is very rewarding and taxed at capital gains rates. I love the idea of my tenants paying for my mortgage and costs of ownership! I reached the magic number in my early thirties, but i included my personal residence in those days. I no longer do that for conservative reasons since you have to live somewhere and it skews your net worth. The theme of your advice is to do well in your career and invest wisely.

The road to wealth has a lot of paths, but your advice works no matter what path you take. Taking calculated risk really is so important. Love this article. Had this blog started in when I graduated and got my 1st real salary job and that I had known about it, I could be at least one-half millionaire by now. Sorry for making you feel poor in comparison. I LOVE window shopping. It keeps me satisfaction when I walk away from the car dealer with money intact! Great post. That is the max employee contribution. If you are below that, well… find a way to become the employer if you can.

Great point Jamin. FS, am loving the licentiously expressive idiomatic discourse! Seriously, your story and achievements are always compelling, and your parents can take great pride in your accomplishment, too. Thanks for sharing this part of your story. Great post Sam. Can you write detailed posts about your experiences wrt buying the rental and also the house in SF. As you know market is crazy in SF so any insight you share would be helpful.

Most year olds are partying and rounding the corner towards their first BK. Thank you so very much for sharing your story and I hope that you share more. I am sure your parents are beyond proud of you! Are most year olds rounding the corner towards their first BK? I was a naughty kid growing up through high school and had to be set straight.

Best of luck to you! Most year olds, most of which did not go to GS, or college at all for that matter. Yes, most twenty somethings are THAT irresponsible with money. If they can even get their credit to BE good enough to get that far in to debt in the first place. Amazing that you had the self control and foresight to not. No need to be modest here, I mean really, you were just so far ahead of the pack. You were naughty but still got good grades! I sort of have to admit I was the same way in the first half of high school. Moving to San francisco saved me. It bought me 11 more years since life out here is more balanced.

I lost all the weight I had gained while in NYC and saw daylight again. I might have to write a post about this. It jolts me to experience a friend go through this. Glad SF saved you, what a breath of fresh air it must have been. And then you were at a company where you talents were really able to shine.

Please do write about it! Hopefully more twenty somethings will stumble upon your blog and be inspired by the article and change their ways earlier. Very relaxing living an inconspicuous, anonymous life now, focused on family, saving, and investing. Love it and loved it! Bottle service, car service to Atlantic City, last minute trips to Vegas…… it would be a fun, fun book to write.

More fun to surprise on the upside. Think about how life would be if you never found someone? This is my favorite post so far. Thank you for sharing your journey — it is really cool to see the progression. What was your networth when you left your last employer? Do you have any regrets — like, do you wish you had stuck it out for another 5 years and compounded your networth more aggressively, or are you confident you exited at the right time?

My employer has never contributed to my k through a match or a profit share. Not a big deal, but it still hurts a little. I got to my first million at 30 through real estate — more specifically, buying dirt cheap single family homes in Arizona throughout the recession. I have my fill of work and money after 13 years. There has to be some kind of psychological study about what keeps people going back to the same job everyday rather than taking a risk like you did which, based on reading your blog, seems to have paid off ten-fold in terms of quality of life.

The psychological shift is the realization that life is short, your friends and people you know start getting sick and dying, and a deep introspection about how much money you need to be happy. I wish I knew how important office politics was at the start of my career. Having connections and people in a position of power that will vouch for you goes further for your career advancement than just about anything else. Selling yourself internally really is important. The star only shines so bright until you run out of energy, performance, or colleagues who move on.

I encourage you to do so — I thoroughly appreciated this post. Getting insight from someone who has actually achieved such accomplishments is much more valuable than reading it from someone who is just theorizing. In any case, I think your story very much proves the notion that if you work smart and hard, then you create your own good luck.

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Will try my best. It is fun to theorize though. Wow thanks for all the insights and advice! I think there are tools nowadays that help make it easier but the momentum, drive, discipline, and energy it takes are still just as hard. Nothing comes easy and I think a lot of younger Millenials have a hard time with that.

But saving is fun for me because it makes the occassional treats that much more special and rewarding. Scuba will be fun Sydney! But being in a pull all day for two days and the cold waters of Monterrey kinda bite! This is an awesome insight Sam, thanks for sharing. I think I need to learn a few lessons from you about internal politics. I need to better position myself for the next promotion.

For sure Eric, I plan to write a detailed post on office politics for you and others. It really is such an important thing to master. I would reallly like to second this request. That you became a VP so young means you really did something special there and I need to take notes. Detailed notes. The advice you have been giving me in these comments sections has really been helping.


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  • Sure, no problem. The attitude adjustment is key. Omg, right!!!! I actually emailed upper management the equivalent of that statement two weeks ago. Long story short I got an email lashing me because my numbers were down in one area. The old me would have defended myself by pointing out the fact that in the same time period I broke several company records overall.

    I wanted to say that. But instead I thought of you, and I THANKED them for only expecting excellence of me knowing that the email would be forwarded to their bosses as well since I knew they were the real ones asking. I actually swallowed my pride and thanked him for the lashing!!! Remember that company outing my boss got mad at me for not being at? He brought that up…he really did want to meet me…etc. And in the AM the deal was approved. But I still want your article on office politics!!! I know this is just scratching the surface. No problem mate. The Big Four Lotto Ticket is sweet. Great point on taking advantage during the darkest times.

    Heaven knows the auto industry went through a ringer. Good post and I generally agree with your suggestions. However, a large portion of the skyrocketing net worth in your 20s was due to real estate and the dotcom stock. Both might be tough to replicate going forward.

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    Saving and investing is still a foolproof plan to get to that 1 million net worth, but it might not happen before you hit I was lucky, especially making real estate and stock investments during two major crashes. Many young millionaires face problems of keeping up with the tempo and speed, but it seems to me that you have laid a very strong foundation, so wishing you good luck building on it!

    We should hit the 1Mill point about the time I retire from the military 5. Stories like this make me wonder where I would be now if I had gotten serious about saving early in my twenties. Interesting article Sam, thanks for exposing yourself in your financial underwear! What advice did those teachers offer? From North Carolina to Arizona, from Mississippi to Wisconsin, the "grizzled veterans" agreed on several essential points:. So, with thanks to Dawn, Jean, Retta, Jana, Alana, Lisa, Tracy, Lew, Mike, and all the other teachers who responded to our request, Education World compiled a list of the 26 top tips for surviving the first year.

    We call them. Finally, keep in mind the words of Philadelphia teacher Lew Clark: "Have a blast! You are about to begin a remarkable adventure. More than 1, FREE lessons. PD content to get you through the day. Worksheets: Download without a subscription. Leave this field blank. Search Search. Newsletter Sign Up. Will Robots Be Teaching? Columnists All Columnists Ken Shore School Issues: Glossary. Search form Search. From North Carolina to Arizona, from Mississippi to Wisconsin, the "grizzled veterans" agreed on several essential points: Take charge.

    Wisconsin teacher Dawn Schurman recommended "having a clear discipline plan set up, with both rewards and consequences. Explain it to the kids on day 1 and review throughout the first week. In addition, I'm very glad that I sent home a copy of the discipline plan. I asked parents to read it with their child and for parents and children to sign and return a contract stating that they agreed to the rules. This has come in handy a few times.

    First-year teacher Jean Federico said "I have one big piece of advice for first-year teachers: Before the first day of school, have plenty of activities prepared for emergency use. I learned the hard way that kids will misbehave if they have nothing to do. A class full of bored kids won't all sit quietly for ten minutes waiting for you to figure out what is next. Retta Threet, a teacher in Sumter, South Carolina, admitted "My biggest mistake was not insisting on a mentor, or at least a peer teacher.

    If I had it to do again, I would make a good friend whom I could go to for advice. North Carolina teacher Jana Lippe suggested "Use your parents as much as you can. Every time I needed supplies for a celebration, I just sent a note home asking for donations.

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    Every time, the parents came through. Arizona English teacher Alana Morales advised "Find an organization system that you can live and work with and stick with it. With plus students, it's crucial that you stay organized! Said Mississippi teacher Lisa Packard "Don't assume they know how to organize themselves, because they don't.

    Show them how to organize their notebooks and folders. Show them exactly what you want on their papers and homework. Teacher Mike Powell advised "Start keeping a professional journal. After the course of the year, this journal will allow you to reflect on your professional practices and to witness what is probably going to be enormous personal growth.

    Once I finally relaxed, I had a great time," said teacher Tracy Keirns. B e firm but flexible. C ommunicate with parents. D evelop a homework policy -- and stick to it. E mpower your students; don't just lecture to them. F ind time to attend after-school events. G et to know all the teachers in your school and make friends with the cooks, custodians, aides, and secretaries.

    H ave the courage to try something else if what you're doing isn't working. I nstitute a clear discipline policy -- and enforce it consistently. J ust listen -- both to what the kids are saying and to what they're not saying. K eep a journal. L earn your school's policies and procedures. M odel desired attitudes and behavior. N on carborundum ignorami. Don't let the imbeciles wear you down. O verplan. P repare interesting lessons. Q uit worrying and just do your best.

    R emember that you teach students first, then you teach whatever academic discipline you learned. S tay alert. T ake pictures. U nderstand that the learning process involves everyone -- teachers, students, colleagues, and parents -- and get everyone involved. V olunteer to share projects and ideas, and don't be afraid to ask others to share their ideas with you. W ork within your limits. X pect the unexpected -- and plan for it! Y ell if you need support.

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