Saturday, July 15, 2017

6 years of pain misery and frustration (aftermath)

It was February of 2016. I was sitting in my office and I was just staring at the calendar. I double checked all my bank accounts and counted to make sure everything was there. I finally did it. After 6 years, I finally accumulated one hundred thousand dollars.

My ultimate goal was complete and I was done. And I was only 28 at the time. Back then, I was working to accumulate 100 stacks so I could leave my job, move out to the desert, live in a cave, and make sure no one would ever bother me for the rest of my life.

Before doing that though, there were a few items that I wanted to buy. I bought some land in a different state. I bought a handgun with some bullets. I bought a brick of silver. I also bought a few months of survival food. It only took about a month or two to acquire those supplies.

After I got those supplies, all I had to do was quit my job. That was the last step. That was the only step left. But I didn't do it.

In 2014 and 2015, life at work was difficult to nearly impossible. After going nuclear at the end of 2015, things got a lot better and easier for me at work however that is a story for another time.

I achieved my goal and I was not yet 30. What to do now?

In May of that year, I planned to visit one of my best friends in Denver. I had scheduled just about one week for vacation. It was the first time I ever flew and it was the furthest I've been away from home. I had a whole week to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

As I spent my time with Beard and Tulia, we went to a few bars and ate Mexican food a few times. I woke up early and got my coffee from the McDonald's. Since Beard had quit his job at the time, we were just wandering about amusing ourselves.

However, at the end of it all, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Without any real will, I could only rely on my default plan. Save up another 100 grand.

At the current rate, it would take me another 5 years to accumulate another 100 grand. I would be 33 and have at least 200 stacks. Maybe by then, I'd figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

It wasn't until the beginning of 2017 when I got a vague idea. I reread the book Rich Dad Poor Dad and I felt inspired.

Could I accumulate 1 million dollars at some point in my life? After getting the first 100 stacks, it seems like anything is possible.

After rereading Rich Dad Poor Dad, it was clear that I could not become a millionaire just by working my current job. I'd have to figure something else out.