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Never Stop Educating Yourself


When I was a little kid, I loved to learn. In fact, I bet if you think back far enough, you can remember a time when you couldn’t get enough teaching. Somehow that seems to fizzle away in our adolescent and adult years. We reach a point when we are fed up with learning and just want to live life. After some time, we realize that life is dull and meaningless if we aren’t constantly searching for answers in this world. This is exactly the time when life starts to get interesting.

My College Years

Did you go to college? Can you remember the reason why you went? I would be shocked if you said you were excited to attend your university because you had aspirations of becoming the next great expert in the field of your choice. For most of us (me included), we just knew that we wanted to be successful and live well. In order to do that, we were told that we needed to attend college, so that’s what we did. Simple as that.

I was a good student, but that didn’t mean that I liked learning. Throughout my college years, I put off studying until right before the test, scored well, and then forgot most of what I had learned just a few weeks later. For me, I figured the grades were the most important thing, not necessarily my retention of what I had learned. I disliked school so much that I couldn’t fathom the idea of continued education even after graduation. In fact, that was part of the reason why I didn’t stick with engineering as my undergrad. I knew that I would have to keep learning and taking classes to keep up with society’s expectations of what an engineer should know.

After College

About two years after college, life got stale. I was going nowhere in my job and I could not advance into my desired field of finance because I had no experience. I had the urge to learn again. Instead of making excuses, I decided to take control of my own life and take my financial knowledge online. That’s right. My itch for learning lead to the birth of this website. Three years later and I’m still loving it.

Why Stop There? Keep Asking Questions

Because I missed my family, I decided to move back home (my work after college initially took me 1,400 miles away), which lead me to work for a fantastic company in my hometown. After just a short time, I was offered the chance to further my education for free. I jumped at the opportunity and am now just one semester away from graduating with my Masters of Business Administration.

I did not take as many classes this past semester and it really gave me some time to myself. If you know me at all, you know that I can’t just sit around and watch TV. I had to learn something! So, I decided to pursue a lifetime dream of mine and learn how to play the piano. I have not yet signed up for lessons, but I have purchased a baby grand and have been teaching myself how to play with various books and online tutorials. It has been a blast! Here is a clip of my latest attempts on those ivories:

And now, since I am on Christmas break from school (and soon to be work), I’m starting to go crazy! To keep me from going into the nuthouse, I decided to pick up that rubix cube that I’ve never been able to solve and got some advice from YouTube. Voila! I solved my rubix cube!

rubix cube

Since this took all of 15 minutes, I decided to start a new website as well. Since I am still working out the bugs, I’m not going to reveal what it is yet, but I hope that it will earn me the extra money I need to pay off my mortgage.

What Do You Want to Learn?

Since life is so busy, we often don’t take the time to think about what we might want to learn, but you must want to learn something. Wouldn’t you like to know more about religion, science, nature, or the history of humanity? The very fact that you’re on this site tells me that you want to learn more about your finances, and that’s a great start, but there is so much more to learn out there and the answers are right at your fingertips.

What would you like to learn in the near future?


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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. Thanks for the link! I’m glad you liked my post.

    As for learning, I hear ya. I am a sucker for a lecture or training. I am a member of a few professional organizations that have lectures on different legal subjects all the time, and if I had the time I’d be at almost all of them.

    • You’re welcome Rebecca! I wasn’t always in love with learning, but I sure hate boredom so it has become a great alternative. 🙂

  2. Great post Derek. You should never stop learning. It doesn’t matter if you learn via a formal education or beyond. I always strive to learn new things all of the time. It keeps the mind fresh! Thanks for the mention and I hope you have a good holiday.

    Nice work on teaching yourself piano. Keep up the good work.

    • Sometimes people just get into the drudgery of life and forget about all of the things that they were once curious about. I just figured this would be a good reminder for some. 😉 Thanks for the comment Grayson.

  3. I agree with others, people should always try to learn. Some people can do that by reading text books, others need an instructor and a classroom. I have recently been watching online MIT lectures in advanced linear algebra. Hopefully it will help with some Matlab programming for my work, and if not, it’s still very interesting.

    Cool that you are learning to play the piano.

    • Oooo, advanced linear algebra! That brings me back to my engineering days. If I saw those functions today, I’m pretty sure I would have no clue what to do with them. Kudos for taking an interest in it on your own!

    • That’s great Nick – me too! Best of luck to you in the future.

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