I’m a high energy, loud, and eccentric guy.
I like to talk about things that are of a big scale and important, no small talk! I like controversy, I speak with conviction, I’m very transparent, I love to learn, and I’m a rebel at heart, always.
I’m from a small town in Rhode Island.
In 2001 I enlisted in the Army. Saw the world, jumped out of some airplanes, experienced the war, and helped me grow up a little bit. After the army I learned how to build a house with my uncle, I spent some time in sales, went to college for a little while, but overall wasted a bunch of precious time.
In 2010 I made some REAL bad life choices and ended up flat broke. This is when I realized I had always actually broke, but never really understood how bad until I used a net worth calculator one day and found out I was about 40K in the negative. I had zero money in savings and had just lost my job. I wasn’t broke because I didn’t make enough money (though that’s what I would blame it on) or some external life burden that held me back. I had a nice car and nice clothes and went out to eat all the time, I was just making bad choices and not taking responsibility. Eventually, it caught up to me and that’s when I finally got sick of always stressing about money, I was sick of being broke and swore I would fix this problem forever.
I started listening to podcasts, audiobooks and working on self-improvement all day, every day. I became obsessed with learning. Within 18 months I had bought a foreclosure and made a killing! I started focusing heavily on real estate as a means to freedom.
I remember distinctly what it was like to have my life choices guided by insufficient resources. Not being able to afford to quit a job I hate, not being able to move to somewhere with more opportunity, being tied to the wrong people due to financial obligations. Financial freedom isn’t just not worrying about paying the bills, it allows us to design our entire life around what we enjoy, rather than what most people do which is work just enough to fund their already existing commitments. This problem can be fixed and it’s not too hard.
As I started getting better at this I realized that I really enjoyed my new found freedom, and I know others would enjoy it as well. I don’t have any desire to be the most successful real estate investor on earth, I just want to enjoy my days without stress, doing things I love, continuously challenging myself, and helping the next person find the same for themselves.
I was told somewhere around my late 20’s that we need 3 hobbies in our lives to keep us happy.
One hobby that makes money (Real estate)
One hobby that keeps us in physical shape (Weight lifting)
and one hobby that keeps us creative (Photography)
I love this approach to designing life enjoyment. I highly recommend thinking about this if you’re looking for a way to fill gaps in your life, or find productive ways to point your ambitions.
Photography is something I picked up a few years back, to keep me creative, and it’s been incredibly rewarding. It allows me to take unnecessarily high res photos of my dogs!
I’m a lifelong car guy and I try to make time to take car pics as much as possible. It’s likely you’ll find some sprinkled across the website. (If you happen to live in Vegas and have a cool car, I would love to see it, please reach out.)
Reading is also something I do very often and I highly recommend for everyone. Here are some links to book posts I’ve made and my recommended readings.