This has been a big week for me in terms of milestones. No, no, I’m not loaded with passive income or hit a monthly income mark. And while I’m thrilled the Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl, that isn’t really what I’m here to talk about.
Earlier this week, I turned 30. Today, Write Your Own Reality turns two. While neither event in and of itself should be notable, I thought it would be appropriate to share a few thoughts about each.
The Blog… It Still Exists
My first foray into blogging happened back in 2008. I made it five or six posts before giving in. The real world wasn’t going as well as it should, so my motivation waned quickly, and I stopped writing.
Just over two years ago I conceptualized Write Your Own Reality. I wanted a way to document and track my investment journey in a few particular investment types, peer to peer lending via Lending Club and Prosper, dividend growth investing, and real estate.
These three types of investments I weren’t just things I was passionate about, but also were interesting enough to share. The joy I have from participating in these investments is only magnified as I share them with the great community. And boy, what a community it is.
This post marks my 130th post. I’ve gotten well over a thousand comments from bloggers and readers who share similar interests. Each bring something different to the table and have help me to grow and reflect on where I stand on my quest for passive income. I make it a point to respond to each and every comment on this blog, because for those who’ve taken time to write me something deserve the respect of my response, even if it is just a simple thank you.
In blog years (much like dog years), I’m considered a veteran. In the two years I’ve been posting, I’ve seen over a hundred dividend growth blogs started. The number still active is much smaller. And this is just one small piece of the greater personal finance community, where blogs number in the thousands, and the turnover is tremendous. I aim to not be one of those blogs that dies, as evidenced by one of my 2015 goals.
So here’s many more years of fun, interaction, and community. We all are searching for freedom, and sharing that pursuit with others is almost as rewarding as the destination we seek.
Entering the Fourth Decade of Life
As my wife is quick to remind me, I’m old. Of course, I’m not old in the traditional sense of the word, but the fact remains I’ve moved into a stage in life where things change.
I’ve worked in and around accounting, both in public and private, for over eight years now. I remember earlier in my career, the owner of a company telling me the following:
“You’re only 24, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
It stung. More than you can imagine. Especially because I felt I knew what I was advising for his business was right. And years later, I can say it was.
That experience has pushed me to succeed in ways I didn’t think were possible. To learn from my mistakes and to drive myself forward professionally. Of course, life has a way of interrupting things, but since then, it has mostly been an onward and upward trend.
Legitimacy in the business world isn’t given, it’s earned. I find myself in a place where my age is no longer an issue, and my experience level, or whatever that means, isn’t a speed bump to people hearing what I have to say.
Getting older has its benefits. Knowledge and wisdom abound in the eyes of others. Whether it is actually there or just a perception is a totally different story.
My goal is to make sure it is an actuality. I love business. I love studying them, both financially and operationally. One goal is own several businesses; preferably in a passive manner. The Buffett of Main Street, owning small operational businesses with sold cash flow from operations. Enough to reinvest back into the business and into future businesses.
But this is one goal of many, and as life changes, so must we.
Here’s to the next decade, of change, of goals, of loving and living life.
Thanks for indulging me as I share this journey with you. Feel free to chime in with your own stories getting older, or of blogging success and failures.
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