Welcome to Grow Mad Green!

 

Hello!

Nice to meet you. Welcome to Grow Mad Green. This blog will be about my journey towards Financial Independence, and sharing the financial knowledge I learn along the way. I want to help you generate your own pile of mad green, while I do the same.

I’ve found that once you start trying to get rich, you suddenly start overhauling other areas of your life without originally intending to. But this isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s a really, really good thing. Getting rich is more than just having more money; it’s creating mindfulness. It’s getting in shape, getting healthier, learning about cooking and food. It’s forming meaningful relationships, and it’s about expanding the mind as you continue to learn more every day. Hopefully in the end, it’s about finding fulfillment.

I believe we all have the capacity to live our best life. Money is a big factor, but there are other important components. That’s why on Grow Mad Green I’ll talk about growing other areas of life too. In the end, throughout this Financial Independence adventure, I’m striving to align wealth, health, and self.

 

Why Financial Independence?

For me, starting the path of Financial Independence was a vehicle to get me where I wanted to go in life. I didn’t want to sit indoors, behind a desk everyday, for 40 years. To a degree I love the job that I do, but I am not the kind of person who is cut out for a life of sitting.

So I had to decide the reason WHY I was going to accumulate so much money so quickly, and what I was going to use it for. Maybe the reason is different for you. Or maybe it’s the same. Either way, if you want to get rich, it’s important to have a goal that’s driving you. For me, that goal is freedom to do whatever I want, whenever I want, however I want.

 

So I’m pursuing Financial Independence. Why did I decide to write Grow Mad Green?

The short answer is that I have a lot of thoughts on life, a lot that I’ve learned over the past few years, and there’s a lot of things that have been frustrating me.

For starters, I see some of my family members and best friends struggling to get ahead, and they have a hard time seeing the things that they’re doing are actually making their life harder.

There’s also a complete lack of a basic financial education in the US. I’ve been astounded by how much there is to learn out there about basic personal finance, and how so many people I know don’t know where to start. I have friends constantly coming to me with basic questions about 401k plans, investing money, and how to pay off debt. It’s not that I’m any smarter than them; I’ve just done the research, and now know where to look for the information they can’t seem to find from anyone. I’d like Grow Mad Green to be a source of knowledge for those looking to do just that: grow their own green.

There’s definitely some misinformation out there about personal finance (or lack of easy-to-find information). I want this blog to help people like my friends and family members looking for answers to basic finance questions; or even just be a place to start a personal finance education.

 

What credibility do I have to even talk about this?

All I can say is that I will be documenting what I am personally doing, the mistakes I am making, and the information I am learning. I’m a software engineer who loves mathematics, and I’ve been immersed in the subject of personal finance since 2014. I’ve read finance articles and blogs essentially every day since then. If I reference facts and figures, I’ll try to link credible sources. Sure, there will be an opinion component to this, just like any other blog, but I promise to be thoughtful, honest, and as objective as possible.

 

Are you ready to get rich? Me too!

Thanks for reading,

-GMG

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