My name is Tony and I was born in 1985 in Spain. I now live in West Sussex, England with my girlfriend. Because I grew up poor I had always thought that I have to work hard to make a living and survive in this ‘cruel’ world. In fact, I was not that wrong at all but what I didn’t know is that I can actually change the course through investing, turning slavery into wealth and well-being for my family and the futures generations to come.
Things have changed quickly over the last years, internet and technology have arisen and completely changed the way we live, and best of all, has given us the change to seek for an opportunity, do research, connect, communicate with others, learn, invest and many other possibilities. Now it is *easier than ever, now it is the time to lead the path toward the right direction, my one million journey!
*Update: Later on, I learnt that it’s easier than ever to lose money too.
What is this blog exactly about?
In this blog I plan to document every single step I make to archive my goal, showing total transparency on where I allocate the seeds that will grow as trees in the long term. As Warren Buffet says:
You will see what investments vehicles I use, what returns or losses they add to my portfolio and what mistakes I make (and hopefully learn from them).
And its purpose?
Tell me who you go with and I will tell you who you are
As this English saying suggests, getting surrounded by like-minded people is important to be committed to your goals. In my daily life, I find it difficult to meet people that look after archiving similar goals to mine. Time to give it a go on the web and be a part of this growing community. However, this is not my only reason:
- Help and inspire others to improve their wealth.
- Learning, learning, learning! (about writing, investments and other people).
- Track my journey and stick to my goals.
- Contribute to charities (if this blog would ever become profitable)
Why did I begin investing?
During my English learning process, I added a new habit in my life – Reading. My partner has this habit too, which helps me to stick into it on a deeper level. The book that opened my eyes about the topic of finances is “Poor Dad Rich Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki, a great introductory and inspirational read for beginners. At that time most of my money was in a saving account returning a 0.25% interest rate.
Want to know more about me?
My deepest passions are designing and investing. I spend weekdays working as a design engineer and weekends and free time reading about topics that interest me (investing, self-development, engineering), travelling, visiting, exercising and socialising. I feel generally happy but it hasn’t been always like that.
Rolling back a few years…
At the age of 20, I joined the university to study mechanical engineering for 4 years. I finished at the age of 25, just after the global financial crisis began (2008-2009), that was luck! Real-life was waiting for me, in a terrific competitive environment and 22% unemployment rate in that time in Spain. I was not going to work, I was going to fight!
That obliviously didn’t bring any happiness to my life but had to still be grateful for having a job. My determination and eager of learning and archiving kept me going on for 4 years until I reached a point of extreme misery. My relationships were going nowhere and my efficiency at work decreased like a brick. My mum was ill and needed my attention, and I have no siblings who could help me to handle the situation. I suddenly felt like having to climb the Everest from the bottom to the top with a complete exhausted soul. I had no meaning and no purpose at all, literally, I was totally lost.
My move to England
That was my turning point, had to find the way to get my spirit back, to be me again so I could overcome the hill. My mum began to feel better, there was not much I could do for her now and it was the time to sort me out, to get answers. I decided to move abroad for some time and start digging out my new me from scratch. England was my choice. Spent the first year preparing my English, learning the new culture, meeting new interesting people (including my girlfriend) and having new experiences, such a wonderful time!
I realised that having materialistic possessions, such a car, latest technology smartphone or TV wouldn’t make the most out of me but instead experiencing and following passions. One year went by quickly and I felt like it wasn’t enough, I still wanted to learn more on British lands. My work experience began as anyone else’s. I worked in the hospitality sector and moved into engineering thereafter until now. I started my one million journey in 2017.
Last words about me
I would describe myself as being introvert, a person who likes socialising but not being surrounded by people all the time, I need some time to recharge and do my things like reading, watching videos, exercising, meditating and writing.
Blog post-interview with the blogger Route2FI
Do you still want to know me better? Then head over to Route2FI blog post-interview, where I answer some interesting questions about myself.
My story on the CashFlow Cop’s Humans of FI
If that wasn’t enough, then you can read my story on the CashFlow Cops Humans of FI series
Blog post-interview with Erik from 10 Year Target
And last, but not least, you can read my latest interview (Dec-2019) here
Do have any questions or would like to get in touch with me? No problem, you can send an email to tony (at) onemillionjourney (dot) com or a message on Twitter.
The information contained in onemillionjorney.com is about documenting my personal journey towards one million, therefore it should be used as entertainment and educational purposes only and should not be taken as investment advice, because I neither know your goals nor your personal situation and you may need to consult a professional financial advisor to do so.
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