I talked about how success requires bold decisions, so I figured I should share the decisions that where bold and went against the grain to get me were I am at today. Where am I today, you ask? Well…awesome growing marriage, beautiful wife, two wonderful children, paid off 70,000 in debt, no debt except for a mortgage, 32% equity in a home, $12,000 emergency fund, and a net worth of about $150,000 at age 29 to list a few. I am ecstatic about my as it stands, I truly am, not one complaint.
The question remains, what decisions stand out as catalysts towards achieving my dreams:
Getting Married. I have little doubt that the majority of the positive things I have accomplished in life are directly related to my wonderful wife , our accountability, her inspiration, and our friendship.
Adopting Two Wonderful Adoptions. It is amazing how much children have furthered my desire to change and grow. They haven’t been the hinderance that DINKS and single people told me they would be, in fact they have been a catalyst to positive growth.
Jesus. Some may disagree, that’s fine, but I know first hand the difference that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ has made in my life. This one is a little unique since I feel that the decision found me during my teen years rather then being something I chose to further my life.
Giving Up Debt. Wiped away $70,000 in debt, and we haven’t looked back.
Paying $10,000 Cash For Our Wedding.
Choosing A Small House Very Affordable House. This took some major discipline and teamwork to stick to this wise plan, but our lives and finances have benefited immensely. The choice for a 5 minute commute helps too! Check out my post on delayed financial gratification to see an example of how much difference it can make.
Embarking on an MBA(Master’s in Business Administration). A wonderful 2 and a half year personal journey that has set the stage for the next phase of my career and financial dreams. I have just two classes lef until I am finished!
Driving a Beater Car. My car says a lot about me, and has barely cost me a dime in 5 years.
The key is the intentionality. We must be vigilant about figuring out our goals and dreams and making decisions that align and SPEED you towards those goals. Commit to the dreams.