Welcome to my blog! Life has been very good to me and this is one of the things I’m doing to try to give back. As fortunate as I’ve been, if I were to give away every dollar I have, it would do a very finite amount of good. Even if I had a billion dollars to give away, which I certainly don’t, it could only help so many people and only so much. But I don’t believe giving people money is the most effective way to help anyway. I subscribe to the old saying that “if you give a man a fish, he will eat today but if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.”
So instead of distributing the limited results of my efforts in life, this blog is an attempt to do something much bigger. My goal is to create something that has the potential to help someone in each post. If one thing I write helps one person to improve his lot in life, then the blog has already been well worth the time and expense. But this format also offers me the potential to help far more than just one person. Unlike my finite resources, this one creation could multiply my efforts and help an almost infinite number of people.
Like anyone, my character has been colored and refined by the sum of my experiences. I’m a man of strong opinions and you almost certainly won’t agree with all of them. My hope is that you will learn something that will give you a return worth the horror of being exposed to a different viewpoint in the process. Maybe you can teach me something as well. I think I would enjoy some level of reader interaction as time allows. So if you have feedback – positive or negative, feel free to leave a comment or send an email.
My goal here truly is to help people. One of my favorite bloggers, Mr. Money Mustache, used to occasionally give a detailed answer to a reader’s question in a post, with any identifying details obscured of course. My time is limited just like anyone else’s so I can’t make any promises but if someone sends me something compelling, I just may do something like that myself. My background is primarily in finance but as I get older, my knowledge base widens – and I’m getting pretty old…
Anyway, I hope you enjoy my blog. You can navigate it using the traditional blog style landing page, the index page, the post topics, or the links to specific months. And for anyone who is interested, that email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.