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This isn't where I thought I was going to be when I looked forward into my life, but here I am....
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2009-06-08 10:02 AM
Direction Change... Not Returning to School
I know that I just announced that I was finally returning to school, but movement is movement and you sometimes end up in a different place than you planned.
When starting school at Emperor's College so long ago, I wasn't even sure I wanted to open a clinic when I was done. I figured at least I would just use it for my own health and decide later if I wanted to make it my life. That feeling still continues today. I've even recently considered staying in school, but switching my course of study. Each time I was trying to decide what to do, I would come back to Emperor's College because even if it wasn't my end-all-be-all direction... it was at least a direction and I needed to get off my ass.
Last week I went to a meeting of investors with Kyle, Tiffany and Theresa. The group members are all involved in real estate investing and use each other has a little support community: offering answers to common questions, making suggestions, sharing tips, etc. As I sat listening to everyone talk I came to the realization that all of these people had a very clear goal. It may have been slightly different for each of them, but it was a very clearly stated goal for each of them.
Then I started asking myself: What is my goal?
As of a couple of years ago, my small investments in bonds/stocks/etc were bringing in enough money to cover my mortgage. While they weren't covering my living expenses it was at least affording me the freedom to do some exploration with school and such. I knew that at some point in the future I was going to need bring in more money. I figured that at the end of schooling I would either open a clinic or go back into the tech sector. However, that leaves me in a place where I'm still going to have to work every day to make ends meet.
I don't want my goal to be going back to a daily job.
Kyle and Tiffany have been encouraging me to look into investing instead. It's going to be a great deal of work as well and will definitely require day to day work for awhile, but the goal and structure of it is to get to a point where I'm not tied to a daily job and other people's schedules. Finding a way to build a large enough recurring passive income that I'll have the freedom to continue a flexible lifestyle without having to rejoin the daily grind.
I have no delusions that it will be easy or without risk, but I think this path is going to be the better path. I have a lot of learning to do to understand the business of investing, but I have great friends with whom to travel down the path.
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