November 7, 2011, 5:00 am

How To Crush it at Work, Crush it at Home and Still Watch F&%/ Lost

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Business,Career
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Man…. I remember this like it was just yesterday. Back in my apartment in Montreal, I was just starting my career. At that time, not long after I quit my first job without notice and found my way to another department at the same bank after a few weeks. A year later, I was sitting on my couch on a lazy evening, not doing much. My wife was out for a work meeting and I had nothing to do besides watch the boring premiere of a cheap version of Gilligan’s Island but with a plane instead of a boat… Oh yeah… I’m talking about Lost ;-). At first, I was definitely not sure about this series… and then I got hooked!


Dude! What’s the point of talking about Lost on this blog? Keep reading… you’ll find out 😉


6 awesome seasons later, one per year, Lost ended-up with the best series finale ever in my opinion. That was back in May 2010. During the same 6 years (from September 2004 to May 2010), I did a lot of things:


– I got 4 promotions and went from a 30K annually to a 135K salary in 2010.

– I got married with the most amazing woman in the world.

– I started a 6 figure online business with my best friend.

– I had 2 marvelous kids.

– I got my securities license, Certified Financial Planner degree and my MBA.

– I’ve been able to gather all my friends from different paths (high school, in-laws, university, neighborhood) together each Xmas and now rent vacation properties all together.

– I’ve managed my way to obtain a 4 day/week schedule at my day job and work on my blog one full day a week.

– I’ve made more friends during the MBA program and we still see each other from time to time.

– I’ve gone from a negative net worth to almost $200,000 net worth.

– I’ve learned how to play golf, started a steady workout schedule at the gym and played softball in a garage league.

– I’ve done all this and never missed 1 episode of Lost. In fact, I also got hooked on many other series such as Prison Break, House, Dexter,  etc.


So What’s the Point?

The point is that I did a lot of things that contributed to my financial situation during these past 6 years and still have a life. I am able to be there for my family and friends, all the time.


The point is that I am not better than you, not smarter than you. I just did a few things differently.


And I think you can do the same.


And I’m about to tell you how…. This week 😉


How to Crush it and still have a life


When I was a kid, my financial goal was simple: make $100K per year. I have upped that, added a small modification to that goal:


Make 100K per year while working less than 30 hours a week


I’ve discovered that making 6 figures was not that complicated in the financial world. However, reducing your work hours below 35 hours is almost mission impossible. Why? Because of the Dream Crashers! In the upcoming weeks, I’ll share with you my tricks on how to:

– Reduce your work hours without affecting your salary

– Find time to build a sideline business without ditching your friends and family

– Create activities that will generate money


So tell me what you have a problem with


I already have a pretty good idea of how I will build this series and what will be included in it. But I need to know what your issues are to make sure that I hit the right nails and close the coffin on fears that prevent you from living a better life.


So tell me, what is holding you back? Is it time? Resources? Money? Ideas?

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Hi FB, new reader here! I stumbled on your blog last night, and without giving my life story, I intend to read as much of the backlog as possible and follow your posts in the future.

I think the biggest road block I have to “making it” is enthusiasm. Drive, stick-to-it-iveness, work ethic, motivation, whatever you want to call it. I have a masters degree in math but didn’t pursue a PhD because it was too frustrating. I spent 4 months in law school but quit because it was boring. I started recently with Primerica and haven’t gotten any results because I’m too scared. All of these pursuits can lead to $100k+/year, but in every case I saw it only as a means to an end, not something that I want to devote myself to.

I’m still looking for what it is that I love, and how I can make money doing it, but until then I’m just hoping to get my foot in the door of a bank to work my way up from within.

I haven’t been reading long (like I said, since last night!), but I’m curious to know how much you love what you do, and how much of it is simply because it affords you the lifestyle you want.

At this point what is holding me back is time. I wish I could speed things up a bit. I already have a plan. It’s working. I’m just getting impatient.

I’m lacking time. I’m too busy reading your blog! lol
But really all I need is to buckle down and get it done.

by: The Financial Blogger | November 8th, 2011 (4:41 am)


I completely agree with you! Time is the most important thing and it’s easily get wasted! tomorrow’s post will be perfect for you 😉

A lot of stuff certainly does happen in that time frame eh?

Congrats on your success!

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Hi TFB, I just bumped into your blog from fabulously broke & everyday minimalist 😉 I’m loving yours so far. especially because u work as a financial planner so I feel somehow connected to you haha. I’m currently working as paraplanner (not sure if u guys call it that in there.. but basically financial planner’s assistant.. do all the plans, reviews and such).
I graduated in 2010 and got this job just before I grad. I started part time then became full time. since I start uni I have quite a clear idea that I want to make my $ by telling people how to use their money (i didn’t know that its an actual profession though lol) so when I started my job I felt awesome, I have my feet on the door.
whats holding me back – my age I think. I am 22, currently doing my financial planning diploma and I dont see myself as a planner until I am at least 28,30 or so. from my experience, people who go to get advice are those close to retirement ie my dad’s age, I just don’t think that they’ll want a 22 y.o give them advice on their money 🙁 even when I’m fully qualified. so I guess in the mean time I’m gonna jack up my qualifications- doing cfa next year and maybe do something else in finance.. (ie trade/brokerage/be an analyst or watevs)

by: The Financial Blogger | March 5th, 2012 (11:13 pm)

Hey Liz!

Congratulation on your career choice; it’s definitely a good one ;-).

I totally understand where you are coming from as I started my career as a financial planner at the age of 27. The hardest thing was exactly what you said: convincing people who has my dad’s age to trust me with their finance.

In order to gain more credibility, I did a MBA. Being married and having kids at 27 helped too. I have to say that the first 6-9 months was pretty rough. After that, my clients saw that I was good and trusted me.

Send me an email if you have any questions 😉



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