Liebster Award

First off I’d like to thank Nick at The Money Mine and The Finance things in Life for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Nick is a Texan trying to find new sources of income and reach FI by age 40. The Finance things in Life is a dividend investing Swede trying to build up his portfolio to $1m by age 40. Make sure to check out their sites.

The Liebster Award is passed on from blog to blog to help the personal finance community network and discover new and upcoming blogs, while learning more about its bloggers in the process.

The rules are simple and as follows:

  1. You are to share 11 facts about yourself so readers can get to know you better;
  2. Mention has to be made to the person that nominated you;
  3. Answer the 5-11 questions that were asked by the person that nominated you;
  4. Nominate another couple bloggers to receive the Liebster Award and ask them 5-11 questions;
  5. Let your nominees know either by leaving a comment on their blog, sending them an email, calling them out on social media, etc.

First I need to share 11 facts about myself:

  1. I workout approximately four times a week. My workout revolves around the main powerlifting movements: squat, bench, and deadlift. I’ve been doing it consistently for over a year now and I’m hooked. When I’m not reading personal finance blogs in my spare time, I’m watching my favorite Youtube fitness channels.
  2. Because of #1, I eat a TON. Huge chicken parm heros, Chipotle burritos, and basically anything edible don’t stand a chance.
  3. I am a CPA.
  4. I have a thirst for knowledge. I spend more time than I’d like to admit researching anything and everything online. Probably why I considered becoming a professor.
  5. I have won the lottery. Don’t get too exited, it was a secondary prize and was only for $1,000. But hey, it still felt awesome!
  6. My favorite author right now is Michael Lewis. I’ve only read Liar’s Poker and Flash Boys so far. I can’t wait to finish his other books.
  7. My favorite podcast right now is Masters in Business with Barry Ritholtz. He has great interviews once a week with many financial experts, entrepreneurs, and writers.
  8. I am becoming a more avid traveler. I haven’t been too far from the US but have been to Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, and various Caribbean islands.
  9. I do not own a car. Living in NYC makes this quite easy to accomplish.
  10. I’m fairly handy and know my way around various trades such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, roofing, and chainsawing.
  11. I want to buy a run-down foreclosure at some point and fix it up myself, and either rent it out or live in it.

My answers to The Money Mine‘s questions:

  1. What’s the best/worst financial decision you’ve ever taken? Years ago I put too many of my investing eggs in one basket by investing in a company that ended up going bankrupt. I was investing using my heart, and will never forget that lesson.
  2. What is one thing you are really good at? Bowling – I only bowl about once a year now but can regularly break 200.
  3. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would that be and what would you talk about? Mark Cuban – I think his intelligence, hustle, and business savy are unmatched and I would pick his brain about everything from sports to entrepreneurship to investing.
  4. What is the achievement you are the most proud of? Graduating college in three years.
  5. What is your most important failure and what did you learn from it? See #1 above
  6. You win the lottery and your financial independence is guaranteed for the rest of your life: what do you do with this fortune? I already won the lottery (haha)! Unfortunately it did not give me financial independence. I would sock this money away in some Vanguard index funds and quit my corporate gig. I would be able to live off the dividends, and use what ever was extra to give away to causes I felt close to.
  7. What is your favorite post that you’ve ever written (with link)? Dream Job
  8. What are some of the topics you would like to write about in the near future? The possibility of stepping away from a stable career with a decent salary to pursue something more entrepreneurial and that I’m passionate about.

My answers to The Finance things in Life‘s questions:

  1. What’s the long term goal with your blog? To keep on keepin’ on. I want to continue to learn about careers, personal finance, life, and spreading what I learn to others.
  2. What is one thing you’re really good at? See #2 above
  3. What is one thing that you really dislike? Celery. I’ll eat just about anything but I cannot stand that vile weed!
  4. If there is a heaven and god himself greeted you at the pearly gates, what would you ask him? Can you really beat the market?
  5. What is the best prank you’ve done or experienced? I’m not much of a prankster.
  6. If money and time wasn’t an issue, where would you spend New Years Eve 2020? Hawaii. I’ve never been but it is definitely on the bucket list! I love the warm weather and ocean.
  7. If money wasn’t a problem, what would you spend your time doing? Helping people willing to listen and learn about personal finance. Spending time with my family. And doing what ever struck my fancy that day.
  8. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Buy and hold.

Now I have the pleasure of nominating TheHappyFrugaler and Our Next Life for the Liebster award. TheHappyFrugaler is a husband and wife who used to be a consumers in Vancouver, but are now a frugalers. Our Next Life is a couple from the western US who are planning to become financially independent by December 2017! I’ve enjoyed both of their content greatly so far.

I’ll be easy on you guys and only give you five questions to answer:

  1. What is your favorite book (finance related or not)?
  2. Favorite country you have traveled to?
  3. If money was not an object, but you still had to work a 9 to 5, what career would you choose?
  4. What is one expense that Mr. MM has probably cut out, but you will never be able to?
  5. Real estate or dividend producing stocks or index funds?

16 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. The Finance things in life

    Very interesting facts. I’m glad to get to know more about you Mr FF and I wonder if there is a story behind chainsawing and living in NYC? It’s not the typical skill for someone living in the big city. 😉

    I love the answer to my nr 4!! Spoken like a true personal finance guru.

    Have a great weekend.

    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Thanks for nominating me! I’m originally from a rural area of Northeast US, so that’s where my handy skills come from.

  2. Debtless in Texas

    Congrats and it is awesome to learn more about you – I had no idea you were a CPA who do electrical and chainsaw things.

    Getting out of college in 3 years is quite the accomplishment, I am sure that saved you a ton of $$$. Thanks for the recommendations, I hadn’t heard of these blogs and will be reading right away – especially that of a fellow Texan!

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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      I’m a jack of all trades! I did receive some help from family to pay for college, but I knew I’d be responsible for most of the cost. So getting out of there quickly was top of my priority list.

  3. Tawcan

    Very interesting stuff. I always enjoy learning more about my fellow blogger. Working out 4 times a week is pretty awesome. I go to the gym about 2-3 times a week usually but due to work I haven’t been to the gym the last week and half (work out at the company gym). Gotta fix this next week.
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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      I use the gym as a way to get out of the office, not a reason to go there! You need to find another gym! 🙂

  4. The Money Mine

    Mr. FF, what is going on with the celery?? 🙂
    Thanks for sharing some personal information about you and passing on the award to other blogs. I enjoyed the read and I have 2 new blogs to discover!
    NYC is a beautiful city and I love the fact that you don’t need a car to go around. I have heard good things of this book ‘Flash boys’ but haven’t read it, thanks for recommending the author, I’ll check this out.
    Looking forward to other great articles!
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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      It’s a vile weed, that’s what! NYC was gorgeous this weekend. Spent time at central park both Friday and Saturday, and it was great! And I couldn’t recommend Michael Lewis’s work enough. You won’t be disappointed. Thanks MM.

    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Hey, $50 is better than nothing! I don’t buy lottery tickets often anymore, but now that I won $1,000 I feel obligated to buy Powerball or Mega Millions when they get really high. The $2 or $3 I spend every once in a while is worth the entertainment to me.

      Glad you enjoyed the post!


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