When I was a minor I didn’t understand how my environment functioned as a whole. My immediate family didn’t have much in the way of material goods, we never had to go without running water, food or clothes. What I felt I lacked seemed minor in comparison. For instance, I always wanted my mother to attend parent-teacher conferences, I wanted her to participate in my elementary school field trips and events. There were occasions where she couldn’t afford to give me money for field trips. Other than that, I didn’t know we were considered “poor” until later on in life.
Section 8 public housing, SNAP, TANF, SSID, good credit/bad credit, and EITC were terms and topics discussed in my environment. Whenever I asked further questions about these things, I was hushed, told to stay in my place, or that I’m trying to be grown. I spent a lot of time in the library secretly rebelling against my mother and peers by seeking out answers on my own. I read a lot of books on generational wealth, autobiographies, slavery, economics and finance in secrecy. I didn’t have the strength to act on anything I learned until later on in life. I was a timid kid.
I hated everything to do with poverty. I hated my life. I hate being poor. I want to be financially free. This year I quit my full time job to become 100% self-employed as a stepping stone toward achieving my six primary goals in life.
This year I’m going to further my life long journey to become a savvy investor and become an investment advisor representative by sitting for the series 65 exam.
I had to remind myself over the years to accept the fact that we live in the most peaceful and abundant time in history. I’m tired of dreaming up what I want to do. I’m going to try new things.
What are your 2020 goals?