I’m happy to say that I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Mark over at Dividend Developer. Thank you bro! Mark was one of the first people I ever connected with in the DGI community, and he is someone I admire and respect greatly. He’s 23 years old like me, and already has a diversified, well-thought-out six-figure portfolio. That is some seriously impressive wealth for someone that age! If you don’t already follow his blog, I highly suggest you go check it out!
Now, for those who aren’t in the know, the Liebster Award is a fun way for newer blogs to connect and network with other bloggers in their niche and gain exposure in the blogosphere. The award gets passed on from person to person, essentially creating an endless chain of awesomeness.
The rules for participating are as follows:
- You are to share 11 facts about yourself so readers can get to know you better.
- Mention has to be made to the person that nominated you.
- You are to answer the 5-11 questions that were asked by the person who nominated you.
- You are to nominate another 3-5 recipients of the Liebster Award and ask them 5-11 questions of your choice.
- You are to let your nominees know either by leaving a comment on their blog, sending them an email, calling them out on social media, etc.
That’s it! And of course, if you are nominated but don’t wish to participate, then simply feel free to ignore the nomination. Anyway, let’s get started!
11 Random Facts About Me
I’m a hardcore gamer, both PC and console. Some of my favorite games of all time: Portal, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, God of War, Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Pokémon, Halo, GTA, TF2, Dota 2.
I’m very introverted. I enjoy my own company and usually prefer to hang out with one or two good friends at a time. I despise large, boisterous crowds, and I don’t really enjoy group activities and group sports. And after attending a big party or social event, I’ll need a few days of peace and quiet by myself to recharge.
I was raised in French-American bilingual environment, so I’m fluent in French. For a reason I will never fully understand, speaking my mother tongue around North American females often seems to have a swoon-inducing effect. Eh, I’m not complaining 😉
I love astronomy. I find the cosmos absolutely fascinating; the ineffably large expanse of the universe just boggles my mind. I could honestly read and think about astronomy for hours on end. Magellanic Clouds? The Pillars of Creation? UY Scuti? Supermassive black holes? Dyson Spheres? Yes please.
I am terrified of evil clowns, zombies, wax museums, house centipedes, and blood. Well, it’s not so much that I’m afraid of blood, but just that it makes me feel queasy as shit. I’ve always been squeamish. Also, I don’t watch horror movies otherwise I have nightmares and can’t sleep. Yes, I’m a little bitch.
Fitness is one of my biggest passions in life. Actually no, it’s more than that; it’s literally a part of my identity. I’ve been practicing martial arts since I was 8 years old, and I got into gymnastics/martial arts tricking 5 years ago when I went to college (yes, I can do a backflip).
I also lift weights 5-6 days per week, and I’m thinking of perhaps competing in raw powerlifting someday. My best lifts currently consist of a 500-lb deadlift, 365-lb Olympic squat, and 275-lb bench press at roughly 170 lbs of bodyweight.
Heck, I even work at bodybuilding.com! That’s how much I love fitness!
I don’t drink. Like, at all. I don’t even know what beer tastes like, haha! I just never understood the appeal in drunkenness; why would I want to ingest a substance that will result in a loss of control over my actions and reduce my IQ to that of a fruit fly with down syndrome, even if only temporarily?
Heavy drinking is so popular in college, but that culture of excess and self-indulgence, that’s just not who I am. I was never able to associate with it. Obviously, not everyone who drinks drinks to get drunk. I have nothing against people who like to drink socially or who simply enjoy the taste of alcohol; I just prefer to remain teetotal.
Live and let live, right?
When I was a young toddler, walking barefoot on grass made me bawl my eyes out. WTF???
I love polo shirts and watches. I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes, but if there are two things I’ll splurge on, it’s definitely polo shirts and watches!
I HATE veggies. I’d rather eat roadkill than vegetables. So what am I to do, as a fitness enthusiast? Simple: every morning, I throw 3-5 servings of veggies in my awesome Vitamix blender along with some frozen fruit, 1 scoop of greens, and 1 scoop of whey protein. The result? A palatable (dare I say enjoyable?) smoothie, a happy colon, and a healthy body. And that way I don’t have to deal with eating mother nature’s most evil food!
My favorite superhero is Batman, obviously.
Dividend Developer’s Questions
1. Why did you start your blog?
For three reasons.
Firstly, because I really wanted to connect with others who share the same financial goals that I do. I can count on one hand the number of people I know in real life.
Just kidding, that would be very sad. What I meant to say is that I can count on one hand the number of people I know in real life who are even remotely interested in personal finance, let alone specialized strategies like early retirement and dividend investing. Somehow, I sometimes even get negative reactions from people when I tell them about my investments and my goals. Would you believe it? I’m not sure if it’s because they feel threatened by someone doing something out of the ordinary or because they simply have the IQ of a ballsack. Probably both.
Secondly, because I love the idea of documenting one’s entire journey to financial freedom. It’s like having a diary, something that you can look back on years from now to laugh at what a dumbass you used to be see how much you’ve learned, how much you’ve evolved, and how far you’ve come.
And fourthly (yes, fourthly. umad?), because I would love to eventually generate some side income from the blog so that I can invest even moar money. Don’t lie, you know that’s also a reason you started your own blog! 😛
2. What do you like most about the dividend growth investing/personal finance community? What do you dislike? Why?
What I love the most about the DGI community is how kind and supportive its members are. In the age of the internet and anonymity, it is truly rare to find such a respectful and well-behaved group of people. As someone who is into fitness, video games, and general internet trolling for the lulz, I spend quite a bit of time on bodybuilding.com’s infamous Misc forum, on YouTube comment sections, and in Twitch chat rooms. And while these places can make for some ineffably entertaining moments, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that they collectively make up the cesspool of humanity.
I honestly have nothing negative to say about the DGI community. You guys are my homies yo! <3
3. Why are you fighting for financial independence?
Because I want something more out of life than to go through the motions. I want complete control over the most precious resource of them all: my time. The thought of being chained to a paycheck for the next 40+ years of my life sounds terrible. Furthermore, when it comes down to it, money really is at the core of almost all the stress and hardship we face in life; remove money from the equation though, and our mental and emotional well-being is guaranteed to improve.
I don’t ever want to have to worry about my finances. Ever.
4. What is the favorite stock/financial investment you own?
Probably American Express. It’s such a respected, valuable brand; I’m proud to be a shareholder. Its credit cards are really shiny too, and shiny things are fucking awesome. Back in college I used to play competitive Pokemon, and I had a team of entirely shiny creatures, with perfect EVs and IVs. They were really shiny. Shiiiiinyyyyy!
5. If you could own one stock that you don’t already own, what would it be? Assuming valuations were ideal, etc.
Berkshire Hathaway, for sure. I can’t think of a better overseer for my money than Warren Buffett.
6. Someone gives you $10 million and says “Have fun”. What do you do with it? Assume it’s after tax and has no restrictions on how you use it.
I’d invest 6 million in a wide variety of dividend stocks. Assuming a 3.5% yield, that portfolio would be spitting out $210,000 a year, taxed at only 15%. Check out my my ideal dividend stock portfolio post if you’d like some insight into how I’d construct such a portfolio.
I’d give my younger brother 1 million (he’s a dividend investor like me, so I know he’d put the money to good use), and I’d give my parents 1 million to help them pay off their debts and ensure they’d have a comfortable retirement (I’m such a good son, I know).
I’d use the last 2 million to buy an awesome house of Wayne-Manor proportions, fully-equipped with:
– an indoor pool
– an outdoor pool
– at least 4 hot tubs
– a gymnasium
– a gym
– gaming supercomputers in every room (I’m talking like, near-sentient levels of supercomputerness)
– a stable of concubines. Just kidding. Sort of.
7. What’s your favorite kind of cheese?
Muenster cheese. It’s delicious, rich in protein, and, unlike many other cheeses, it doesn’t smell like unwiped rectal cavity.
8. If you could visit any place on this earth for free, where would you go?
Oh man, that’s a toughie. This Earth has so many beautiful places, it’s difficult to pick just one. Maybe the Waitomo Glowworm Caves? They look like a magical place!
9. What was your dream job as a kid?
To be a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. I’d get to save the world from evil monsters using crazy martial arts and giant robots while wearing tight colored spandex. What more could I want from a job? In fact, this is still my dream job as an adult.
10. If you currently have or want to have kids, what’s the one thing you hope to pass on to them?
I’m gonna be completely honest here; I don’t ever want to have kids. Ever. I’m totally fine with being the cool uncle/family friend, but I have no desire to spawn those evil little poop/vomit factories. I just don’t view family life as meshing with my personal goals and lifestyle. And the thought of dealing with a kid going through adolescence sounds about as appealing as passing my genitals through a woodchipper.
With that being said, if I had to pass on a nugget of wisdom to the youths, I’d tell them to aspire to be like Batman. The dude doesn’t drink, doesn’t do drugs, exercises on a daily basis, values intellectual cultivation, protects the innocent, and is the walking embodiment of integrity, morality, and goodness. And most importantly, he’s rich as fuck.
11. What’s the nicest compliment you’ve ever received?
“Bro, your biceps look bigger than the last time I saw you.”
My Nominees For The Liebster Award
I follow a lot of awesome blogs, and I know that many of them have already received the Liebster Award in the past. As such, I tried to pick some that I don’t think got nominated yet (by looking over their archives). If I nominated you but you’ve actually already received the award before though, then of course feel free to disregard my nomination.
My 3 nominees are:
Questions For My Nominees
1. Why did you start your blog?
2. Why are you seeking financial independence?
3. Chocolate or Vanilla?
4. If you were given $10 million right now (after taxes), what would you do with that money?
5. What is your biggest passion in life?
6. Who is your favorite superhero?
7. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
8. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in your life?
9. If you could meet one person that you really look up to, who would it be?
10. What’s your favorite food/dish?
There you go, that wraps it up for me! Thanks for reading!