Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul
I have been investing on my own since 2010. At one point I was working on the sell-side at a bulge bracket bank, and on a track to work in the investment manager industry. Ultimately I felt more free investing as a hobby rather than a full-time job.
My father grew up poor, and while he has a good job, has always behaved as an employee rather than an owner. He never really understood that companies don’t care. They are typically not obligated to do so.
I joined the Marines in 2005 as an Arabic/Pashto linguist, and I realized while I was deployed to Afghanistan that I was only an employee. Afterwards I worked in the intelligence community. I helped to kill a lot of people. Some of those faces will never leave me. I realized that my birth in the most powerful country in the world was a random chance. If I wanted to make the world any better I needed to push harder to achieve in the world of business. The faces which sometimes haunt me remind me to stay humble and to take advantage of every opportunity.
I wanted to use the GI Bill, so I got an MBA. I spent time at a well-respected sell-side research department under a fantastic boss. It was a thrilling job, but my time was never my own and I absolutely hated the investment limitations. I could learn a business inside and out, but could not invest in it. I also learned to value my time.
Time is much more valuable than money because you can use your time to make money, but you can’t use money to purchase more time. – Jim Rohn
Now I work at a stock exchange in the compliance department. I was pretty psyched when I started because it was small and scrappy, and then it got acquired by a big firm. We’ll see how that goes…
My goal is to be an owner. I want to own small businesses, real estate, and stocks. While I appreciate you taking the time to read, this blog is not really for you (sorry). It’s for me, so that I can grow my own skills and knowledge. I hope you learn something of value too.