Welcome to the blog guys! I’m Matt W. I studied commerce in college and afterwards found myself working 12 hour days in public practice accountancy wondering how on earth I ended up there! (I had just spent 4 years in college avoiding everything to do with accountancy!).
3 gruelling years of studying later I had completed my professional exams and never wanted to look at a book again!
Since then i’ve moved to industry accountancy where I started to enjoy parts of the finance world. It helped that I was working with good people in a positive atmosphere, with much less overtime. My thirst for learning and reading started slowly emerging from the ashes of the ‘’forced learning’’ of my accountancy exams.
I learnt and continue to learn about human behaviour and relationships, weight training, nutrition, saving, budgeting, investing, real estate, acting, public speaking, marketing, business and how to develop passive income.
Accountancy is not my passion. When I started out I often told myself I would leave the profession after becoming qualified, but now that I am, it is not as simple as I thought.
I am getting to a point where the pay and opportunities are improving. The ladder is laid out in front of me waiting to be climbed. If I change careers I will have to start climbing a new ladder…from the bottom…
‘’Find your passion’’, is a common phrase thrown around these days. But I think you would be naive to simply quit your 9-5 job and dive head first into the unknown. We all have bills to pay and a mouth / mouths to feed.
If I had a definite path or passion I fully believe I would go for it with everything I have. But the truth is I don’t. I barely know where to start.
Why I created this Blog
This is why I created this blog. Sometimes we don’t know where we are going, but we know the most important thing is to start moving.We know the road that unfolds if we stand still. And it is one I am not willing to take. In contrast, taking the first step let’s us see things from a different vantage point. New opportunities and ideas continuously present themselves as long as we keep moving forward.
The journey to wealth is about starting your own path in life. Accepting if you are not where / who you want to be and taking action to do something about it. It’s about creating the financial security and freedom that you feel YOU need (Not the path your parents / family / society / media tells you the right one). I hope my successes and failures can can act as road maps for your journey.
I want to create success in my life, and empower you to do the same.
When I talk about having true wealth, having enough money to comfortably support your lifestyle isn’t enough. It is about having people you care about in your life, feeling energised and fulfilled by your work and having the time to really enjoy what is important to you.
By all means learn to get rich and enjoy life’s luxuries. But remember that money isn’t worth anything if we don’t have the time to use it.
Are You Spending Your Time and Energy on What is Important to You?? (Inspirational Short Story)
An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.” The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”
To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”
“But what then?” Asked the Mexican.
The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!”
“Millions – then what?”
The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
Yes it is important to get to the destination. But we have to also enjoy the journey.
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