Warren Buffett once said, “Unless you can watch your stock holding decline by 50% without becoming panic-stricken, you should not be in the stock market.” His words are reverberating like never before these days if you follow the world stock markets. To put it lightly — it has been chaotic. As the markets plunge due to the coronavirus, people are rushing to sell due to worries about economic fallout.
For some reason, I should be panicked, but surprisingly I am not. After all, chaos can be good! Littlefinger from Game of Thrones (yes, I am invoking Game of Thrones) once said, “Chaos is a ladder,” and I believe it is. I hope this turbulent time is my ticket to uplift my financial standing in the world. So, instead of admonishing those panicking and driving the markets to new lows, I want to thank them. Thank you for this fantastic opportunity to buy stocks I couldn’t afford weeks earlier. Carpe Diem!
What is FIRE?
Late last year, I became inspired by strangers on YouTube. I saw people my age (millennials), and older embracing a financial movement called Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE). I was amazed at how people were saving 50% or more of their income and investing in real estate, mutual funds, stocks, and ETFs. Some people had six-figure portfolios and were younger than me. I felt like a slacker and knew I had to make a mental change for 2020. If I wanted to spend more time with my family and be the master of my time, then I had to learn to invest!
My Financial Goals
I am a goal-driven person. Before 2020 rolled in, I wrote down my main accounts and the corresponding amounts I wanted to meet or exceed by the end of the year. Please remember, I am in the beginning stages of my financial journey, and I am under the age of 35:
- Stocks — $10,000 +
- Employer Retirement Account/401 K — $60,000+
- Roth IRA — $12,000+
- Personal Savings — $20,000+
I plan to meet my goals by sticking to a strict budget, keeping my debt low, and saving or investing at least 50% of my income. Currently, I am on target for a promotion, which should garner me a $15,000 bump in income. I also work a part-time job and have various passive income streams.
Lessons Learned So Far
Now I can’t give you any advice on what to do with your money. I am not a financial advisor. But I learned the hard way how selling assets can be foolish. In May 2019, I bought Tesla stock at $199.96. That’s cheap for Tesla. Unfortunately, its volatility scared me, and I sold it months later at $221.15. Now, as of this post, Tesla is $ 634.98 a share. Please don’t say it, I know, and I feel like a fool! If anything, I should have held and bought more! So, that is my philosophy going forward. I am in for the long-haul as a dividend growth investor. It is going to take a lot for me to sell shares in 2020.
I hope you will follow my wealth-building journey by staying tuned to Virgo Philosophy®!
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Also, please check out one of my favorite YouTubers and Investor — Andrei Jikh. I know his words will inspire you as he has inspired me!
Video Credit: Andrei Jikh | YouTube