I wanted to discuss why I am so interested in growing my financial education through learning to invest and build businesses. Amber’s father, Tom is still on my mind and I decided to go back and listen to the speech he gave at Amber and my wedding. Here it is for you to listen: (The speech begins at 4:45 in. Sorry about the dark quality, it was a bright and beautiful day for our wedding.)
First he talks about staying strong through adversity and never giving up on our marriage. But as of right now, the thought of being without Amber is ludicrous. So I will consider that lesson if I ever (hopefully never) need it.
I want to focus on the second part of his speech. Tom talks of a work/life balance and how important it is to be with family and to always put them first. I could not agree with him more. That is, in fact, my goal and my very reason for focusing on my financial life in an attempt to improve it.
My main goal in life is time control. That is, I want to be able to see my family and my friends when I want to see them and not when time off, my work schedule or my budget will allow me to. I am excited to spend as much time as I can with Amber. I am excited to raise beautiful (and tiny) children with her. I love getting to see my friends and relatives whenever they stop through town, and I love even more getting to go visit them and witness the lives that they have created first hand.
The reason I am telling you this is because I have found my “why.” I think this is a step that many people miss when they begin any endeavor. With the internet giving us infinite “hows”, I think we all just think we can follow those and become rich, famous or whatever else it is that we want to become. But without the “why” it can become very hard to follow through on the “hows.”
I hope this explanation makes sense to you and that it pushes you to find your “why.” So the next time you just want to give up, or just put it off for tomorrow, your “why” will push you to move forward now.