"No matter how much money you make, the world is designed to take it away."
I'm sitting here writing this from the Starbucks in Beverly Hills on a Saturday night, when there's seemingly a million other, more important things that should probably be getting my attention. Instead, I'm here wondering why I'm still not where I feel like I should be. I'm managing multiple businesses that I own at this point, yet I can't help but feel like I'm not much farther than I was at the beginning of the year.
I'm choosing to write about the topic at hand because, like a lot of people, money has always been paramount to every decision in my life. At 18, I was able to generate a more than adequate income at a very rapid rate. As some of you may know, 3 years after starting my first business, I finally started to see some significant growth, and that left me hungry for more every single day.
Just to throw some numbers out there, I was netting about $1,500 a day for quite a few months. At a few points, I was pulling in way more than that. After some time, things started to level out, but my lifestyle didn't. I was nearly blowing the money as quickly as it came in, leaving me with about as much money as I had started with.
I remember the day me and a friend went to a rent a Lamborghini Gallardo for a couple weeks; I walked in with about $12k in my pockets, in cash. Immediately after, I spent about $20k at the Houston Galleria. Not too long after that, I was arrested for speeding and reckless driving; luckily I had about $2k in my pocket that night, I immediately bailed myself out and took an Uber to the impound to pick up my car. At the end of the night, the incident cost me close to $1,000, which I mostly forgot about the next morning.
No matter how much I spent, I've always been confident in the assumption that could always make it back faster. It was only a matter of time until I hit a wall, where I could no longer sustain my extravagant lifestyle. Recent events have given me a new perspective on a lot of things. I've developed a much better grasp on managing my finances as well as my business's, which is something I feel has always been a struggle for me in my life. As I see it, the money was never wasted, because the knowledge and experience I've gained is far more valuable, and I intend to make use of it.
As for today, I'm taking life one day at a time. It's the only way for me to face what's ahead of me with certainty. I've finally made some progress with solving the issues I'm having with Wells Fargo; someone from the executive level reached out to me because of my previous post.
Although my first priority is the growth of my current businesses, I've always wanted to get my hand in the world of real estate investments, and I'm finally taking the necessary steps to do so. Time will tell how that will go. Thankfully I know I have the persistence to ensure it's success. I've got nothing to lose, I started from nothing and I've never been afraid to risk it all.
Here’s to wealth and prosperity.