Did I Ever Tell You How Human I Am?



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I bleed and injure like everyone else.

There are days when my mind is clouded by self-doubt. Those are the days when the imposter syndrome starts to kick in. On these days in particular I question my worthiness to be where I am financially and professionally. After all, who am I – just a kid who grew up on welfare, got into trouble early, and had only a bunch of drug-addicted adults to look up to. Who am I to take on such big dreams?

I experience emotions of both joy and sadness. I struggle sometimes. I don’t always have the motivation to do the things I need to do. There are moments that I question why I’m working so hard – why shouldn’t I just take it easy?

I’m no cyborg, and I’m not super human!

I’m made of the same flesh and blood as you and the rest of the world are. My days are limited to the same 24 hours as those of everyone else on the planet. I don’t believe I’m innately gifted. And on paper, there was definitely no reason for me to believe that I could accomplish what I have done to date.

Yet here I am despite all the shortcomings of being human. Here I am despite the low beginnings. Here I am despite feelings that occasionally bubble up and make me question why I should keep working so hard.

What keeps me going is that I choose to fight and blow past my own limiting beliefs. I persevere when things get tough. I dig deep on those dark days to find the grit I need to conquer the day. Notice I said “grit,” not “motivation” – because on the hardest days I am not motivated at all; I am disciplined.

But if I can do it, anyone can. “It” will never be easy but it can be done. I’m proof! I was just a poor kid with horrible role models, and no advantages. Although…maybe adversity is actually an advantage if you convert it into jet fuel to propel you forward, as I have. My dreams lifted me up, and with the help of a few well-intentioned people who happened to intersect my life at pivotal times, I learned to ask “why not me?”

I encourage you to go get what’s yours for the taking. Fight self-doubt and blow through your own limiting beliefs. Every time you feel like an imposter reaching for things beyond your grasp, ask yourself “why not me?”

Remember that it’s the bitterness of the struggle that makes success taste so sweet! Feed your sweet tooth – find those big dreams to aim at. Tomorrow will come – will it be on your terms?

Carpe Diem!

– Gen Y Finance Guy

Gen Y Finance Guy

Hey, I’m Dom - the man behind the cartoon. You’ll notice that I sign off as "Gen Y Finance Guy" on all my posts, due to the fact that I write this blog anonymously (at least for now). I like to think of myself as the Chief Freedom Officer here of my little corner of the internet. In the real world, I’m a former 30-something C-Suite executive turned entrepreneur turned capital allocator. I am trying to humanize finance by sharing my own journey to Financial Freedom. I believe in total honesty and transparency. That is why before I ever started blogging, I decided that I would share all of my own financial stats. I do this not to brag, but instead to inspire motivate, and also to hold myself accountable. My goal is to be a beacon of hope, motivation, and inspiration, for you, the reader, by living life by example and sharing it all here on the blog. My sincere hope is that you will be able to learn from me - both from my successes and my failures! Read More



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7 Responses

    1. Hey Sam,

      I appreciate the concern but nothing has happened other than me feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious for a couple weeks. I wanted to capture that on the blog because I think it’s important to take a break from the highlights every once in a while.

      I’ll be back to my regular programming in next weeks post.

      I hope you and your wife are finding you new groove with the new addition.


  1. “maybe adversity is actually an advantage if you convert it into jet fuel to propel you forward”

    Adversity means different things to different people and one person’s adversity is another person’s walk in the park. I like the jet fuel analogy and personally tend to think of adversity / setbacks as being more like nuclear energy. Tremendously powerful, almost unlimited if harnessed correctly as a fuel source to push one forwards but at the same time potentially unstable, toxic and damaging if used incorrectly.

    But I believe the newsflash is true, you are human – and that’s a-OK. I think there is a human tendency to lionise and place on a pedestal those that we look up to. It has been (and is!) exciting reading about your journey on this site and a source of inspiration.

    Life is not a highlight reel. There’s the rough as well as the smooth and between work, parenting, marriage etc… it’s no wonder you feel overwhelmed sometimes (it sounds tiring just writing about it). It’s OK to experience joy as well as sadness.

    Rooting for you and hope you can see and enjoy all you’ve accomplished (and will accomplish in future).

    You shall overcome!


    1. Hey HH,

      Such a thoughtful comment, thank you!

      Your point “life is not a highlight reel” is why I decided to publish the last two posts.

      I appreciate your support.

      Onward & Upward!


  2. I think all of us who feel like we’ve over achieved in life got there because at some point we faced a fear, a limiting belief and somehow we pushed through it anyway and realized that it wasn’t the boogey man we thought it was. And for everyone that has that first heroic moment of overcoming and breaking through there are many more who don’t push through, who never believe in themselves enough to take that risk. The ones like you who do, build and build on that foundation and the sky is the limit but the ones who choose what seems a safer path never achieve their potential. It’s great that you are sharing because I think that potential is in anyone to be more than they are and you will inspire some people to make life changing decisions. Part of being an inspirational figure is to be vulnerable and real enough that people realize you are just a regular guy, not any more innately special than they are. But you are winning because you pushed through fear and limiting beliefs and if you did, why not them? That’s very motivating.

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