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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #21


Do you ever wonder what makes me tick? What causes me to continually write posts and maintain this website day in and day out? Is it solely because I enjoy talking about finances? Is it because I enjoy writing? Or, is it because of the recent monetary benefits? While I do delight in each of these areas, it is not the real reason for the existence of this website.

I have a passion to teach others what they may not already know in their personal finances. I believe that every one of us can overcome debt and become wealthy in the future. But, someone needs to show them how. Rather than wait for that someone, I decided that I would throw my hat in the ring. I believe that I can help you. That is the reason for this site.

140 subscribers is a great number, but in order to truly make a difference (with what I described above), that number needs to be more like 10,000, and I won’t stop until I get there. For now, my goal is to reach 1,154 subscribers by April, 2012. I’m leaving that as my goal, but that is just a small step in the stairway to 10,000. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the ride.

New Goals

In order to pursue my passion of reaching 10,000 subscribers, I’m really going to have to step it up a notch. Every single thing I do on this site has to relate directly to you, the reader. Each article will have to teach you something new and keep you motivated toward your end goal of becoming debt free (of financially free). Each page will have to have useful tools that will guide you in the right direction. And, each eBook release I have will have to strike you in such a way that you decide to make a large change in your life, and live like no one else!

New eBook

Do you know how many books and eBooks there are about getting out of debt? It certainly isn’t a bad thing, but here’s how I see it:

Picture a stairwell with a thick coat of ice at the top. The ice obviously makes the decent down the stairs nearly impossible, causing many to slip and fall. In order to make the fall less painful, there is a man that chooses to quickly coach those that are already falling, and instructs them how to fall to minimize their injury. He is praised and adored by many, because he has saved quite a large number of people from breaking bones and bruising limbs. Good for him, but why not just block off the top of the stairwell?

What I’m trying to say is, rather than teach those that have already gotten into debt how to get out, why don’t we also teach people how to avoid debt in the first place?? That is what I plan to do with my new eBook. It is still very early in the process, but I plan to have it complete by July 31, 2011. There will be more details to come in the near-future.

Weekly Round-Up



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Thank you for the link. I really hope you reach your goal and enjoy the journey along the way.

    • Thanks First Gen American! I’m on track so far! Hopefully everything continues to soar as it has been this month.

  2. Thanks for the link! I am looking forward to the new ebook.

    • I’m getting motivated! The last one didn’t take me too much time. I think that 2 months is a realistic goal to get it all set up!

    • Haha. Uh oh, sounds like you’re going to be holding me accountable! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the link, Derek, and good luck on the e-book.

    • Thanks for the good wishes! It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but I’m sure it will be worth it!

  4. Best of luck with your ebook Derek. I think your topic is great.

    • Thanks Miss T! I’ll make sure to keep everyone updated on the eBook progress!

  5. 10,000 subs is a huge goal! I hope you make it! You’re always welcome to write a Member Post on to help gain more exposure if you wish.

    Best, Sam

    • Thanks Sam! Yeah, I’ve been meaning to write up a member post at the Yakezie, but just haven’t gotten to it apparently. I’m making that a goal this week. You’ll see it coming through soon!

  6. It’s awesome that you’re so excited about passing on the knowledge to other people. The people who really go out there and make it are those kinds of people.

    • Thanks JT! I sure hope I’m one of the sites that can make an impact!

    • Thanks for the well-wishes! I have it all mapped out, now I just have to write it! 🙂

  7. Great article. I am very glad when I find useful information and I thank you so much for sharing. I have devoted my life to finance and investing and I plan to keep learning more. I will be back to visit often.

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