We all have some moments in life that are particularly memorable, worthy of being classified as the best, most exciting thing we ever accomplished. When younger, that might mean getting accepted to college, graduating from college, or something along those lines. When older, this might mean getting married, or becoming a parent for the first time.
Clearly, as we get older, it’s not the money that can be classified as the best thing that happened to us, bigger picture.
That being said, let’s focus on money for the time being. With that in mind, let’s take that concept of “the best, most exciting thing we ever accomplished”, and apply it to the world of money!
For each of us, this might be something different. After all, no two people are exactly alike, and we have all had our own unique life experience. Examples that come to mind for some might be:
- Getting out of debt
- Paying off a student loan
- Getting a first paycheck
- Getting a big promotion
- Seeing one’s net worth reach a certain threshold
You get the idea.
For me, it was getting a job offer after graduate school (MBA) which was in the right city for me.
You see, before going to graduate school, I had worked for a few years after undergrad. Those years provided me with some excellent experience in terms of getting my feet wet as a professional and learning some skills. I worked hard, and put in some long hours at times, for very little pay. I wanted more for myself – so I made the seemingly risky move to apply to graduate school with the hope of going full-time.
Getting away from the working world for two years, with a student loan and no guarantees, is not something that everyone wants to do. However, I took the plunge and ended up truly enjoying the experience. Of course, when the program is over, it’s time to go about getting a job and paying back that loan.
For me, getting that job offer in the right city, and at a salary that made my investment of time and money worth it – well, it probably ranks as my favorite financial accomplishment.
It was years ago, and it’s not like I was making big bucks by any stretch. However, it was so satisfying because I accomplished a goal and saw the results.
How About You?
What financial accomplishment of yours would you consider the “best, most exciting thing you’ve done?”
Why was it so impactful to you compared to other things you’ve done?