Let me start with my self introduction and my vision of this blog:
Hello, my name is Sean. I am an anesthesiologist living in Seattle, WA. It is an honor to have you visiting my blog which I plan to devote much of my free time to create, edit and publish.
I am writing this blog because I believe that people working hard deserve a rich and comfortable life. To achieve this rich and comfortable life, however, people must learn a set of skills that are not taught in school. I don’t mean your professional skills. Whether you are a neurosurgeon making over $800,000 a year or a high school math teacher making $50,000 a year, you will need to be proficient in the skills of managing your wealth. The potential size of the nest egg may vary. The strategy used by and options available to a neurosurgeon and a math teacher may differ drastically, but the ultimate goals are the same. They will both want to retire (or at least have the freedom to work as much or little as they choose) as early as possible, confident that their money will not run out before they die. They will want to fund their kids through college. They will want to have their house paid off. I want all of those things, too. And I want them for you.
I am writing this blog as an effort to improve general financial literacy in our society and to explore options in personal finance management. In my life I have encountered many extremely intelligent and educated individuals. Yet, it amazes me how little people understand about managing their personal finances, arguably a pillar of a successful and hassle-free life. When I was in my last year of anesthesiology residency, a much more senior physician and I engaged in a brief conversation about personal finances. She asked me if she can contribute to her IRA after maxing out her 401k. I was shocked. She was one of the smartest attendings I’ve worked with in residency, and she was near her retirement. By not understanding her personal financial management, her investment opportunity loss during her career had undoubtedly been enormous.
In addition to helping readers along the way to financial literacy, I want to emphasize the importance of a balanced lifestyle. Money can’t buy you happiness. It is time off work that provides most of us with pleasure in life. Personally, I love traveling and enjoy time outdoors. I love being able to take my mind off work, explore a new culture, type of food, or hiking trail. I enjoy it so much that I often spend hours planning trips to the mountains around me or a random country on the other side of the world. I am happy to share my trip experiences from the beginning (finding a destination) to the end (dropping my heavy backpack on the floor in my humble dwelling).
I truly hope you enjoy my blog. I am not a licensed financial advisor. I am an engineer by undergraduate training and a physician by professional training. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I got interested in educating the public on personal finances and in promoting a healthy outdoor lifestyle. I strive to provide information as accurately and up to date as possible. I will try to publish once a week. I sincerely hope you come back and visit me often as I promise to keep this blog growing.
From Seattle, WA 2017
Disclaimer: I am not a CPA or CFA or CFP. I am just an anesthesiologist who finds personal financial management interesting. I will strive to provide information as true and as up to date as I am able on this blog. With that said, I strongly recommend you to verify all the information and recommendations on this blog with a financial professional. Make your decisions only with verified information.