I’m back. Now, I know you haven’t heard from me or Distilled Dollar in a while, and there’s a whole stack of reasons behind that.
The short story is that I stepped forward into the world of business… and life shot me down hard not once, but three times.
2018 was a rough year, but I can now look back on it with the 20:20 vision of hindsight and see that it was a year full of life lessons that I needed to learn if I was to grow as a person and as a business.
Simply put, I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did (I made a lot…). I feel like I owe this to you, especially after such a long hiatus.
Over the next three posts, I’m going to distill my experience and lessons learned so you can get to where you’re going without having to ride the emotional rollercoaster I just got off.
I don’t want my experience to be for nothing – and I wouldn’t wish my 2018 on my worst enemy!
A little Backstory First…
As you know, in 2014, we were living paycheck to paycheck with a combined $120,000 in student loan debt weighing us down. We could have accepted our lot, but we chose not to by refocusing our mindset into that of frugality.
This was not an overnight process by any means, but by 2016, we had transformed money from a source of stress into one of happiness, saving a combined total of $50,000. Our story was featured in publications like Lifehacker and CNBC.
This is about the point that things start to get a little crazy, and I would say the seeds of an incredibly stressful 2018.
For a while, it seemed like I had the frugal Midas touch, planning and strategizing my way to success by following and implementing the advice of some of the world’s greatest financial minds.
Just married, my wife and I felt like an unstoppable dream team, smashing through goals as we floated up to Cloud Nine together.
One huge turning point was when a person who turned out to be my first client asked me how much a consultation we had just finished would cost. I was surprised – but a door was opened to a new era of Distilled Dollar.
We were going to start a business. As you’ll find out in the next post, the process of turning a blog into a business was not without its teething pains.
In 2018, we both quit our day jobs to focus on our business. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little scared at this jump into the unknown, and I had some doubts about the transition…
…But I was excited to explore the possibility and refocus, helping people who had mastered saving money into the next stage: making their money work for them.
Looking back, I was blissfully ignorant.
Yes, there were a couple of warning signs – but I just brushed them off as nerves. Everything was going incredibly well and falling into place, even things that I didn’t anticipate or expect.
Needless to say, I learned a lot about myself, about business, life, and myself – and I’m going to lay it all out for you. Stay tuned for the next post – it’s about to get ugly!
It’s been a while – how have you been this past year? I’d love to hear all about your successes, your ideas, and even your roadblocks this past year. Say hi in the comments!
P.P.S. Oh, and I almost forgot: the PDF! If you missed our discovery above, then opt-in on the homepage giveaway for the principles in this PDF and see it laid all out!