Baby Steps Can Lead to Big Time Money Results

Baby Steps Can Lead To Big Time Money Results #debtfree #networth #studentloans #debtpayoff

Hi, Team! I’m thrilled to bring you this story of how Dr. Jeff (the Debt Free Doctor) and his wife used their hybrid version of Dave Ramsey’s baby steps to pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans on his way to a 7-figure net worth. Dr. Jeff is an impressive guy, and with my wife and I owning and operating our own dental practice – I’ve already learned a great deal from Jeff. But the best part about this story – you don’t have to be a doctor to take some great debt payoff lessons with you! If you’re looking for more stories about how tough, hard-working people have paid off tons of debt, I have this one about Jon and Heather and this one about my first client. But today isn’t about my posts, it’s about an inspirational family achieving great results through discipline and hard […]

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Diversify your Portfolio (Financial Pillar #9)

How to Diversify Your Portfolio #saving #investing

Check out the complete list of Financial Pillars Here   During the market crash in 2008, I kinda-sorta misplaced $20,000 worth of mutual funds. This represented 66% of my total funds invested in the market at that time.   That was a gut-punch.   Do you know what was worse?   When I lost 66% of my invested money, I also lost 66% of my net worth.   That was a kick in the groin… Followed by a gut-punch and a smack in the face. Then The Rock came by to give me the People’s Elbow… And when I got back up, Chuck Norris stopped by to roundhouse kick me in the face.     Yeah… It was like that…   After dusting myself off and eventually standing back up, I vowed to never let one attack take me down again.   I vowed to diversify my portfolio   Let’s […]

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Shout-out: 10 Ways to Make Life Simple and Sane Again (Andy’s 10 New Things)

Hello all!   Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life.   This week’s shout-out is: 10 Ways to Make Life Simple and Sane Again (Andy’s 10 New Things) by Brent Truitt via Life Zemplified   Click here to check out the post!   First of all, this was just a fun story to read. It is well written and really pulled me in the more I read. So there’s that… But more than that, there’s a great message conveyed in this post that details a life’s transformation. From a more sedentary, indulgent, and less healthy path to a life of purpose and intentionality.   Big hurdles or turning points in life have that effect […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Drew from FI Introvert – “You’re broke. You have nothing”

Wins and Losses Series: Drew from FI Introvert "You're Broke and You Have Nothing"

Hi, Team!   Welcome to another edition of MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series, where we interview a generous participant about 4 of the best and worst moments of their life. The point? To learn from the past so that we can improve in the future!   If you are are interested in participating in the series, please send me an email and we can talk details.    This week’s participant is: Drew from FI Introvert   Drew has recently become a blogging friend of mine and I’m so glad that he agreed to take part in this series. Why? Because everything I read from him carries with it either a great lesson or some solid information. Drew went all-out with what’s below and I’m so excited to share this with you now! Take it away, Drew!   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)   Background   I struggled for years to decode […]

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10 Rich Habits to Improve Your Life

10 Rich Habits to Improve Your Life #wealth #personalfinance #personaldevelopment #financialgoals #richlife

Hi, Team! When I introduce a guest blogger on the site, I always say that I’m thrilled to feature the author, that I took great information from the post, and that I can’t wait for you to read it. And that is 100% true. If I didn’t love a guest post, it won’t get published. Period. So I will say all of those things about this post and this author. And I will also tell you that the below post about rich habits is incredibly insightful and can have a significant positive impact in your life. But I’m not stopping there This post was written by ESI from ESI Money, a blog about achieving financial independence through earning, saving, and investing (ESI). It’s written by an early 50’s retiree who achieved financial independence, shares what’s worked for him, and details how others can implement those successes in their lives. He is also […]

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From Broke to Ballin’ – Up Your Business’ Profit the Right Way

From Broke to Ballin - Up Your Business' Profit the right way #smallbusiness #profit #reviews #entrepreneur #growth

“We’re on track to come up about $20k short…” As I said the words to my business partner, she was understandably irate.   “Excuse me? $20k… That’s a lot of k’s!!!”   You see, there are great advantages to being in business with your spouse, but explaining the fact that we are about to be broke and maybe not make payroll in three months – is not one of those benefits.     How we almost became broke business owners   June 30, 2017, was a monumental day for celebration in our family. We had succeeded in navigating the gauntlet that was buying our dental practice. But it wasn’t a spring day’s walk in the park to get there.   There had been a multitude of hurdles, fire pits, and sinkholes placed before us. At first, it was finding a price that was agreeable to both sides. Which is not normally a […]

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Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

Is Your Family Prepared For An Emergency #Prepping #Prepared #EmergencyResponse #Safe

Hi Team! I am stoked to share the below post with you today! This one is all about how to best prepare your family in case of an emergency and it comes to us courtesy of Othala Fehu: Two government lawyers with 2 kids, rolling towards FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early). The only pagan Net Worth Blog around, I think. I also delve into Prepping and Precious Metals because I am otherwise worried I would become too popular.   I have been asked several times now to provide a piece on prepping in relation to personal finance blogs. For me, I am always glad to provide the piece. There is no reason these two passions are not linked more often. I find many of the same traits abound in each niche; Frugality, Minimalism, Self-Reliance, and Independence. It’s hard to gauge just where I should start a post about different concepts and ideas […]

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Shout-out: The Five Most Important Numbers You Need to Know

Hello all!   Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life.   This week’s shout-out is: The Five Most Important Numbers You Need to Know by Meghan Rabbitt via Rockstar Finance   Click here to check out the post!   Photo by Al Emmert   At least 33% of the posts I write on MikedUp Blog have some component of personal finance. You could say I’m a personal finance nerd and I wouldn’t hate it. Probably wouldn’t argue at all, actually. I say all of that to say that if personal finance is a passion of yours (e.g. you want to get out of debt, make sound financial decisions, and build wealth…), then you […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Xrayvsn – “Most contentious divorce he’d ever seen”

Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   Hi, Team!   Welcome to another edition of MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series, where we interview a generous participant about 4 of the best and worst moments of their life. The point? To learn from the past so that we can improve in the future! If you are are interested in participating in the series, please send me an email and we can talk details.    This week’s participant is: Xrayvsn, a friend of mine who blogs (anonymously) over at his blog Xrayvsn.     Hey, all! I am a divorced, 47-year-old physician (Radiologist) who is the proud father of a 12-year-old daughter. I also have just launched a financial blog (Xrayvsn) that follows the FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) philosophy. The two worst moments of my life both can be attributed to a single person, my ex-wife A: The Marriage My […]

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This is What Perseverance Looks Like

What Perseverance Looks Like #Adversity #Goals

Hi, Team!   I’m incredibly excited to share this post below with you today. The moment I heard Camilo’s story for the first time, I reached out and asked if he would be kind enough to share it with the MikedUp Blog Team. He obliged and I’m thrilled. Are you ready to see what perseverance and drive can do for you? GOOD.   Hi everyone! My name is Camilo and I run the personal finance site The Finance Twins with my identical twin brother. Our site is focused on providing our thousands of regular readers with all of the basic personal finance information they need to effectively manage their money. This means not having to pay someone else tons of fees to do it for you, unless you want to. And once you get the hang of it, managing your money won’t even be that time-consuming. From building your first […]

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