When I started out trading the markets, I made a lot of mistakes and I don’t want you to follow the same road that I went down because it was not easy.
It was so much added stress on me and my family and I would hate for anyone to ever go through the hardships that I went through.
I started out as an Immigrant from India. I moved here right around 20 years ago and did my Undergrad in Computer Science and got my MBA.
When I arrived, I was living with my parents. It was not a quick, or smooth, transition as immigration can be a long process and a costly one. Because of that, we actually had to live on saving that my parents had saved up over the years.
Coming from a family of hard workers, it was easy for all of us to find jobs. We really did not have the choice, since we had to do what we could to make ends meet.
There are a lot of challenges to moving to new country and new culture.
I always had my heart set to go to college so I did what I could, despite maybe people advising me not to go because the tuition was VERY high, I chose to go anyways.
I do remember a time during this period sitting on some steps crying my eyes out because I was working full time and out of the blue my funding was pulled from school and had no way to get the $5500 needed. I was working on a printing press at this time basically only making minimum wage.
But through all those trials and tribulations, I was able pay all of that off and eventually starting my career in IT.
Looking back on that decision to go to College, however, I still believe that was one of the best investments I ever made.
Being an investor, I always looks at good ROI (Return on Investment).
So being in IT and knowing the ins and outs of this sort of thing I was actually able to start my own IT consulting company after some time.
It was very hard work and took many years of 15 hour days but eventually I was able to make it successful.
But there was one huge problem with my business.
I was caught up every day in it and was not able to have any free time with my family and loved ones that I care most about in life.
So I knew there needed to be a change with my time management because I would spend more time at work then I would with any of my family.
There was an imbalance between my work life and my personal life.
Do you want to know the single moment I realized that there needed to be a big change with my time management?
Unfortunately, it occurred when I was at my mother-in-laws funeral.
It was being held in another city from where I live so I was miles away from home. I had an urgent call from one of my clients because there was a problem that needed to be fixed immediately. I was left with little choice so I had to leave and address the problem.
During this time is when I realized that I no longer have the freedom to do what I want, when I want, with who I want.
I was trying to start a family and the stress levels were very high. So high, in fact, I had two miscarriages which me and my husband thought a lot of that had to do with the stresses of the business.
This IT business ran my life.
I had money but it didn’t feel like I had a life outside of work. So what is the point of having money if you can't enjoy it?