On the Side Hustle

The Rat Race

I’ve pretty much always wanted out of the rat race.

I first read about the “rat race” concept when I was 22 years old, working my first IT job as a helpdesk technician. I had become acquainted with a co-worker and software developer in his 40’s. He was constantly trying to think of the next big idea that would make him rich and get him out of his 9-5 job. A couple years later, he wised up, quit his job to start his own business as a barber, and I never heard from him again.

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Pay Yourself First

Some Background

I first read about the “Pay Yourself First” concept in the critically acclaimed book, Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! (referral link), when I was about 22 years old and trying to get myself out from under all of my student loan debt, and just be more fiscally fit in general. I picked that same book back up about three years later to re-read it and gain some inspiration.

That’s exactly what I got.

Three years later, I had accomplished my debt goals.

Three years after that(today): I am 31 years old and 100% debt free with a “healthy” net worth. Continue reading “Pay Yourself First”

I’m a VP, and it’s for the Birds

About 11 months ago at work, I took the opportunity of a lifetime.

Vice President and Director of Information Security

A 12% increase to my already-solid six-figure salary (plus bonuses), an extra week of vacation. More power to effect positive change, and a department with an operation that needed exactly what I was designed (and held a proven track record) for: to build a high-performance team; well-documented and efficient operation; and to dig the department’s reputation out of a stinky dumpster. Continue reading “I’m a VP, and it’s for the Birds”