Who am I? Why am I blogging?

I find writing to be therapeutic. A lot of times it’s my only way to vent my thoughts and emotions since my social life is lacking due to a hectic work schedule. I’ve decided to start a blog to document my success, failures, and progress during my attempt to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a millionaire by the time I turn 30 years old. As I write this, I’m 28 years old…

I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2005 and immediately moved out west to Arizona to try and make something of myself. The journey has been fucking hell in some instances, but I’m still here pressing forward.

Once I got settled into my new home in Arizona, I got a job working in sales in the “corporate world.” All I can say is that I knew almost immediately that lifestyle wasn’t for me. The people that advanced were the ones that kissed the most asses, and there was nothing but bullshit politics in the office place. Not only that, but I quickly came to the conclusion that I would never earn the type of income I desired working for someone else. Instead I was making my employer all the money, while I was living paycheck to paycheck. From that point forward I knew I was going to start my own business and be my own boss. I just did not know how it was all going to happen or what I was going to do; but the decision had been made.

While working for my employer I became friends with a coworker who was feeling the same way I was, and we decided to go into business together. My first business venture! I was extremely excited. We started a real estate investment company, and I quit my job and began working at the new office that we had rented.

Long story short, the business did not end up working out. Call it divine intervention or just poor timing, but shortly after we started our company, the real estate market crashed. I had invested nearly 30k of my own money into it and had to take it as a loss. I spent the next couple of years struggling before I ultimately declared bankruptcy in December of 2008.

Looking back at that whole experience, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It taught me a lot about myself and was a valuable learning experience. You will never know what it’s like to be in that situation unless you go through it yourself. There is simply no way to describe it.

Just one quick example: I remember at one time, I was so broke, that I had $6 to buy myself groceries for an entire week. My checking account was at zero, I literally went through my entire car and home searching for loose change, and came up with 6 bucks to last me until payday. I took that money and bought nothing but ramen noodles, and a couple of 50 cent cans of beans. I ate ramen for breakfast, lunch and dinner until I got paid…

After the failure of my first business venture, I got back into the business that I was working in prior to starting my own company. It was sales, and I was good at it, so I made it my goal to work hard and save every penny possible so that I would have money to start my next business venture. While working for my new employer, I helped build their sales staff to 19 employees producing over a million dollars a month in revenue. I was earning about 15k a month in bonuses and saved every single cent. I knew, even though I was earning good money, the time would soon come for me to start my own company.

That time happened in June of 2009. Since then I’ve been 100% self-employed working out of my own small office. Putting in long hours to generate as much sales as possible. There have been some roadblocks and speed bumps, but its heading in the right direction!

And this is where I leave you all… March 2010, 9 months since starting my company, and still struggling but I’m not willing to give up on my vision. My goal is to have 3 to 5 employees working for me by the end of the year, and to be generating 50k in monthly sales before 2011.

I close my eyes everyday and think about the lifestyle I want to live, the things ill own, the freedom I’ll have, and it’s gotten to the point where I almost feel as though I’ve already achieved it. I’m looking forward to keeping you all updated throughout my journey and everything I go through while achieving my ultimate goal; to become a millionaire.

Hopefully you all can find inspiration from my writings, or can learn something from my mistakes and apply these things to your life, so that things may be more enjoyable and fruitful for yourselves.

I will post as I feel I need to, and am looking forward to the next several years!

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