In 2018, I quit the rat race.
I was an associate director of a prestigious private bank, got my CFA charterholder and was earning a good 6-figure income.
But somehow deep down inside, something was missing.
I was uncomfortable with the rigid structure and politics of banking.
And I was just tired of pouring through the endless restructuring of bankrupt companies that had lost clients so much money.
Knowing myself as a quiet worker, I realized the harder I worked, the more burnt out I got. My face would look crumpled, back shoulders tense and sometimes, I didn’t even dare look at my work phone. Some nights before I sleep, I get heart palpitations and sweaty palms.
The toughest thing about this was I loved financial markets, yet I knew I couldn’t survive the corporate world.
The truth was, I felt I was always exchanging my time away for a paycheck.
On the side, I kept saving and investing (this saved my life).
When I knew I was financially secure with a comfortable 6-figure portfolio (you don’t need $million btw), I left.
Today, I’m a full-time investor, grew a financial blog to more than 30,000 readers a month, been invited to speak at conferences (Singapore Exchange, Invest Fair, REIT Symposium), featured on news media (Channel News Asia, Yahoo! Finance, CNA938 Live, MoneyFM89.3) and became a regular radio guest host.
Along the way, I’ve also helped more than 240+ of my Diligence community members grow their portfolios (some up to $100k dividends). More importantly, I finally fulfilled my personal mission to help my mom build a retirement portfolio.
I enjoy what I do – choosing how I want to spend my life and time. And not get beholden by a big organization.
Now, I want to share 2 key lessons along the way:
- No one looks after your money better than yourself.
- It’s not worth exchanging your time to build other people’s work
How are you working toward your own dreams and goals? 😊
Share with me in the comments. I love to know!
Sometimes, investing can be simple.
Willie Keng, CFA
Founder, Dividend Titan