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Climbing Mount Financial: Starting From Ground Zero

After 13 years involving a professional career in web design and development, I began measuring my professional success in my life from the amount of jobs I was able to complete, client depth and how much money I was making.

It was all a sham.

I have my Masters degree in Computer Science and the work ethic that would make Seth Godin grin (I assume he never does!) but I have never realized that my “relationship” with money would wind up being the most important…and most neglected.

Enter Dave Ramsey. Friends and colleagues had mentioned him to me but in the reading list I currently have, his topics were benign.  At least I thought they were. I spent 7 years in college, over a year in leadership training and even business classes.  Nothing prepared me from what I was about to learn in August 2012.

A mentor of mine introduced me to Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey and it has begun a new challenge for myself including my family and business finances. I had been one of those people who thought they could earn their way out of debt. After all, I was full of ego and past conquests that all signaled success.  Alas, there is a difference between working hard with my brain and working hard with my money.

I will be spending the next few months dedicating my life to FPU re-wiring my thoughts on money.  I earned two college degrees, kicked off a prospering business, helped create a wonderfully strong family and it never occurred that it could have been a lot easier if I would just have focused more on making money work for me…instead of working for money.

I am looking forward to working with my family and setting a goal of 18 months to get a better position on our debt and carry our personal and business finances to creating wealth.

Achieving this may be the hardest thing I have done to date.  I accept the challenge.

 

About the Author

I am a husband to a beautiful wife named Whitney and Dad to a wonderful baby boy. Yay! :) Damien Augustus Shaffer has come into this world on March 15th 2010. In my professional life, I have accumulated over 4 years utilizing a wide range of technologies to develop software solutions for my current employer. Most of this time was spent learning methodical approaches within different environments to broaden my programming knowledge and project planning abilities. These environments include both open source and Windows based development, mainly Web. I also dabble in Social Media and it applications in today's culture and marketplace. I consider it a hobby but some may say its an obsession. ;) I enjoy it immensely.