I Wanted To Be Wealthy Until I Found Out I Was

Since I started in the working world my main goal was to create wealth. I am not, nor have I ever been, a lavish or imprudent spender, but I always wanted to create wealth, primarily for financial security.

From the time I began making money in the commodity business, my first career out of college, I began a plan to save for the future. So focused was I that I couldn’t wait to be 65 before I was even 35.

The reason: when I was 65 I would have accumulated enough money to win the game and I would have financial security and wealth.


When I was in my early 20’s I began investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.  I even bought a large insurance policy that would create more wealth for me along the way. I was incredibly focused, committing to putting away the same amount of money each and every month. I learned and studied the “Power” of compound interest. I was determined to “win the game.”


When I couldn’t save for a particular month, I would deprive myself of things that made me happy. Maybe a short trip or rounds of golf at my favorite courses. I became a pro at making sure my desire to create wealth conflicted with any happiness I would have because I was going to get wealthy and “win the game.”


Well, as life would have it, my plans got derailed. My career as a commodity trader ended abruptly in 2000 with the advent of computerized trading. And so my plan to create wealth became derailed also.


I have achieved major accomplishments and suffered countless defeats since leaving the exchange.  But a funny thing happened to me along the way.


I created wealth, an enormous amount of wealth. Not the kind you put in the bank or by stocks or bonds with however.


  1. I am rich in terms of my marriage and the support I have received from my wife.

  2. The wealth that I have in the relationships with my children is priceless.

  3. I have a wealth of family and friends that care about me and contact me daily. I am truly blessed.

  4. The wealth of knowledge I have accumulated over the last 13 years could not be purchased or learned at the greatest business schools on earth.


Through all of my trials and tribulations I have created a mountain of wealth that would take a lifetime to climb.


How do you measure your wealth? If it is strictly by what sits in your bank account, you are missing out on some of life’s greatest lessons.


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I’d like to share my valuable lessons.  To your wealth!!  Steve

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