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It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

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I’m clearly insane. Right?

Maybe. But I’d rather set seemingly insane goals for myself as opposed to ones that I know I can knock out. Goals you know you can accomplish aren’t goals, they're just tasks, and while tasks get the job done they don’t force growth.

Go big or go home. Set insane goals for yourself and even if you fall short you’ll still have made progress. Physical, mental, and financial.

In this post I discuss breaking seemingly impossible problems down into manageable chunks, how I apply this technique to my financial goals, detail my plan to generate an additional $100K, and walk…


It’s harder than you think, but not difficult at all.

I’ve read many stories about entrepreneurship and making money on Medium, written by people with amazing profiles, and impressively actionable calls to action that take you to nice websites used to collect my email.

Just yesterday I read one, and left a simple comment: “Are you a millionaire?” which drew some attention, but no response from the author. Another reader responded to my comment and pointed me to where I could read more about the author of the story.

I’m not here to bash anyone, I’m here to read and learn. But if I’m spending my precious time trying to…

Aim small, miss small.

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Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve loved earning my own money. Paper route, pizza delivery, lawn mowing, etc. My goals were simple, make enough money to buy the crap I wanted that my parents (rightfully so) wouldn’t waste their money on.

As I grew older, I had similar financial goals: make enough money to put a little away each month for a down payment on a house, be able to make the house payment, buy a car, take a vacation now and then, etc.

Nothing wrong with that.

In my early 20’s, I learned that I’d been thinking…

And I know I’m the reason, but I refuse to change.

The same story has been unfolding since late 2010: my most promising hires all move on within 3-5 years, sometimes sooner. Just this month my best engineer quit on me, although not entirely unexpected.

After having pulled my ass out of a few fires over the past 18 months, she’s accepted a position as the Director of Software Engineering with a killer company just south of Washington, D.C.

So once again, I am sorting through resumes, looking for that perfect candidate.

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I was annoyed the first time this happened. After spending 5 years turning a new college grad into someone…

See things as they are, not how you wish they were.

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A mythical tale is handed down from generation to generation: hit the books hard in high school, get into the best college that will accept you, graduate, get married, get a high paying job with MegaCorp, then strap yourself down with a mortgage, student loan payments, saving for your retirement, and the kids college tuition (which apparently no one does or there wouldn’t be a gazillion dollars in Government pushed student loans).

You know that’s all bullshit right? It always has been.

The events of 2020 have shown us that depending on others for an income could be a little…

#4: Ignore traditional career advice.

The fact that I’ve spent the past 31 years working on my own terms and have managed to make a good living shocks me. It’s even more surprising that I’m still going strong as a relative “dinosaur” in the tech field. In hindsight it would have been so much easier to take the traditional route: get good grades in high school, graduate from college, and settle into a cube for the next 40 years.

But that route seemed like death to me, so I did it the hard way.

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I wanted to make money, and didn’t want to wait.

The average age for a CEO is 59. Who wants to…

I’m stunned that I’ve spent the past 31 years working on my own terms and have managed to make a good living. It would have been so much easier to…


It’s the law of the land.

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Honestly people, get on with it. The incessant stories about this changing, and that changing, and my views are vapor, and my customers are walking, and my income is way down.

Whatever. Change happens and will continue for as long as you live.

If you want to survive, or better yet thrive, in a dynamic environment then you must adapt to change or you will die — mentally, economically, or physically.

Success is awesome, but can be a challenge to maintain.

I was making an absolute mint as an independent contractor writing PowerBuilder applications back in the 1990’s. Anyone remember PB? Probably not. It was a Visual Basic like application…

Why becoming a “virtual millionaire” is the way to go. William Bengen conceptualized the 4% withdrawal rate that helps prevent retirees from outliving their money. Here’s how it works: withdraw…

The lamest advice given to aspiring entrepreneurs is “follow your passion”. What if your passion is Netflix and Chill? Or walking around your yard looking for weird bugs to feed your chickens? Or driving cross country in an old Volkswagen discovering beer and brisket joints?

You could make a killer living blogging about these things. It’s true. You just have to commit to the long game.

Maybe “follow your passion” isn’t so lame. But unless there is an obvious market you need to dig down and find or create one. Niche market doesn’t mean small.

What do you do? I bet someone wants to know how to do it, or do it better.

I’m on a three week road trip talking to entrepreneurs in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida that are killing it in ways I’d never thought possible.

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