The Rich Life Part I: What does it mean to be rich? And are you?
The Rich Life Part I: What does it mean to be rich? And are you? by Nilus Mattive – Daily Reckoning
Nilus Mattive here. I’m the editor of The Rich Life Roadmap.
The Rich Life Roadmap e-letter has one mission: to steer you towards greater health, wealth and happiness.
After all, it’s not enough to have wealth alone if your health or personal life suffer.
But right now you might be wondering who I am, and what qualifies me to give you advice on anything, much less how to lead the Rich Life.
It’s a perfectly legitimate question, and you’re right to ask it.
So I’d like to introduce myself to you, and explain how I can help you achieve your income and retirement goals…
My journey to the Rich Life started with three words:
Surfing. Sushi. Stocks.
Most kids in my elementary school didn’t care about any of these things.
Who could blame them?
We lived in a drab, worn-out coal-mining town under the shadow of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.
The ocean was 150 miles away. Japan was on the other side of the world. Wall Street might as well have been on the moon!
But for whatever reason – and it certainly wasn’t due to any type of family interest or background – those were the kind of ideas that grabbed my attention.
By sixth grade, I was investing on my own.
Straight-A report cards were celebrated at the sushi joint 20 miles away from our house.
Later, when I could drive, I went to the beach and bought an old board to paddle out on.
Looking back, I always had my own definition of what it meant to be “rich” – it was as much about unique experiences and a quality life as it was about money.
That worldview is what originally took me to New York City to work on Wall Street. It’s also what eventually compelled me to move back out of there.