Go to college. Pursue your passion. Buy a house. For pete’s sake, turn the goddamn volume down.
I followed all the above advice (except for the volume part), but nothing turned out like I expected. Now, I’m an “unemployed” wildlife biologist with an apartmentful of furballs. I went from researching how to use stable isotopes to decode wildlife mysteries in grad school to my current job – freelance writing. Who the hell could have planned that one?
It didn’t start out that way, though.
I’m a weirdo.
I love learning new things, whether it be French, how to blog, or even playing folk metal on my guitar Harald (I suck). I’m the type of person who reads college textbooks for fun, and then relaxes while knitting a nice pair of socks to the not-so-soothing ballads of Tool. I’m also fond of curse words, if you haven’t noticed.
Here are some more fun facts about me:
I’d like to take you back with me to a very special moment. Luckily, it’s available on replay.
I’m talking about the movie 300. Yup.
There’s a scene where King Leonidas is meeting with Xerxes, the evil Persian emperor, after a long battle. King Leonidas takes off his helmet, lowers his weapons and his shield, and…I…uh…sorry. I got distracted by the abs. Anyways, Leonidas walks forward to bow to the emperor.
It looks like he’s making a huge mistake. Is he giving up? Then, at the last minute, he launches an attack that shakes the very foundation of the Persian empire.
The mistakes he made weren’t mistakes at all. Looking in reverse, he had to make all of those “mistakes” so that he could retool and do what no one had ever done before.
That’s what I’m doing with my finances, and my life.
Looking back, I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I have two degrees in Wildlife Biology and Conservation even though I can’t find a job as a wildlife biologist. I bought an evil house that tried to kill my bank account and eventually gave the house up. I’m in a metric shit ton of debt.
Are these really financial mistakes though? Or could I instead turn them into something else that, looking in reverse, made me stronger and better than before?
That’s what this blog is about.
You’ve made “financial mistakes” in your life too. You can’t go back and change that now.
But, what you can do is use those mistakes to come back stronger than ever. You can learn from your mistakes to do things that no one else is able to do:
These are all things you can learn how to improve so that you don’t end up on the wrong side of the statistics.
I’ll use myself as an example to show you the basics:
I also like to write about your mindset. This isn’t some hippy coconut oil woo-woo shit; it has a real impact on everything finance- and life-related. You can’t address the basics without getting the right mindset down to process that information:
If you suck at managing your money now, good news! You can change that. I did, even though I’m far from perfect. If you’re just OK, there’s still more to learn! And if you’re already a pro, I’ve got some sweet cat pictures to show you sprinkled throughout my blog posts.
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