I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but our beliefs and values always seem to be tested when we are face to face with people whom we haven’t seen in a long time. Something about “comparing notes” after a long separation colors and focuses our perspectives…
EARN INCOME DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
Specifically, the question – do you earn income doing what you love happens to be a subject that keeps coming up. Most of us grow up believing that the path to personal fulfillment is to follow our dreams, primarily because we are told to believe this. And when we start asking questions about money, adults usually tell us: The money will come if you do what you love…
I am a business owner and a Real Estate Investor, but I am also a musician. How did this happen, and why, and what does this mean to me as a parent of two kids – this is what we are going to try to the bottom of today.
TO SET THE SCENE
See the picture at the top of the article? Twenty years ago I went to school with these guys at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. This photo was taken two days ago in Cincinnati – this was the first time I’d seen two of these gentlemen in a decade. It was good to see all once more; good indeed!
Just to give you a little flavor of who these guys are, let me say a few things. I won’t tell you who is who, but I will say just enough to set the scene:
One of the guys in this picture used to weigh-in at over 400 pounds! I bet you couldn’t guess which one it is by looking at the photo – in my book, the incredible accomplishment of losing 200 pounds likely makes him the most accomplished of the bunch. Incidentally, I didn’t get a chance to tell him I felt this way, but I’m sure he’ll be reading this…
Another guy is bold, and he didn’t used to be. I don’t know exactly why that’s significant, but I know that it is! Incidentally, he was a groomsman at my wedding, and unlike the next guy I’ll be talking about, we actually kept in touch over the years!
Now – see the dude in the middle of the photo being held up by two others flanking him? Few things are true about him: One – he is talented as all hell; Two – he was the best man at my wedding; Three – I haven’t seen or talked to him in a decade (that schmuck!); Four – for as long as I’ve known him, he has always been extremely proud of his hair (wouldn’t you be if that was your hair – just look at it!). And one more thing, this guy always smiles and he’s always happy; I tend to think that having a head of hair like that has a lot to do with it…
Three of the guys in this photo, including myself, are parents. One person is my REI protégé and is known on BiggerPockets under the pseudonym Max – I wrote about him in an earlier article entitled Buying Multifamily Property: What’s All the Hype About?
One of the guys in this photo is so damn nice that I’m afraid to say anything to offend him – he’s just NICE!
And finally, the obvious and inevitable truth must be mentioned – yours truly is still the best looking, sexiest cat in the pack. Period!
THE DINNER CONVERSATION
Was lively! Yes indeed – some of us were more focused on the food, while others on the booze, but in the end everyone was happy.
I have to say, however, that the memorable moments of the evening, for me, revolved around a conversation which involved the three of us at the table who have children. Here’s how it went: Continue Reading at BiggerPockets.com