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This is Jeff Rose from Goodfinancialcents.com. Welcome to my first post on the blog with my new web cam. Pretty excited about this and I'm sure you're wondering why this fuss with this announcement post through my web cam? The reason is that I have two very important announcements that I want to share with you and I am pretty pumped about it.
Fitness Test Like No Other
The first announcement that I like to share is that in less than two weeks one week (oh crap time flies!), I am getting to put myself through one of the hardest physical tests that I have ever signed up for. This month in Chicago, I have signed up to compete in what is called the Urbanathlon sponsored by Men's Health.
This is in downtown Chicago. This is a nine mile race which consists of 6 or 7 different obstacles in between that 9 mile stretch. These obstacles include a long monkey bar track (think playground when you were a kid, just A LOT longer), barriers that you have to climb over and crawl underneath like military crawling. Also there are cars that you have to climb over and a big bus that you climb over. One of the last obstacles is running the stairs at Soldier’s Field. This is a pretty exciting.
As I said, this race is 9 miles long and as most of you know that I was in military. But in the military, the longest I ever had to run was 5 miles and that was eternity ago. Once again this is 9 miles so I am hoping to goodness that I survive. Probably the next logical question will be “Jeff, are you training for this?” And is funny you ask because the answer is no, not really. I am not a runner and actually I hate running. But thanks to my buddy Tom who coaxed me into signing up for this stupid thing, I'm going to see what my body is capable of doing. I do Crossfit, which you may or may not know. I do Crossfit 4 or 5 times a week so I am hoping that my Crossfit training will be enough to get me through.
So as long as I can survive the 9 mile race and it takes me less than 2 hours to complete then I'll be good. The the very last obstacle is this 8 foot wall you have to scale. If I can scale that 8 foot wall and not look like a complete buffoon, I will be pretty excited. It will be October 16 on Saturday so if you join me there, great! Motivate me and make sure that I finish. That is my first announcement, on to the biggee.
Book Title Announced!
The second announcement which is “the announcement” is I want to finally release the title of my book that I have been working on. If you are new to my blog, maybe you missed that I have been working on a book. This is a book that I actually got the idea at the later part of 2008 and worked a little bit in 2009 – emphasis on little bit. 2010 is when it got serious. Thanks to Les O'dell who is a freelance writer and who really helped to put that in focus. Right now we are about halfway done. I just started chapter 6 last week or so. We are putting a lot of our energy and any extra time that I have is going into this. I am really excited to share the title of the book with you today. So if you are ready, if you have a drum set at home, you can give me little drum roll please to show that you are ready. Ok………
You like it? I hope so. (Translation: You Better)
Soldier of Finance, I came up of this title beginning part of 2010. It was a late on a Saturday evening. I drank a lot of Diet Dew just trying to really find that title and it just hit me like a military cannon: Soldier of Finance. Military background, infantry solider, field artillery it was all right there. The soldier has been in me for 9 years plus. That is a big part of my background. The second part obviously is because I am a financial planner. So that is how title became Soldier of Finance.
The Book's Mission
The premise of the book is I want to give people motivation, encouragement, a good butt kicking if they need it. The same way my drill sergeant gave me a butt kicking throughout basic training to make sure that I got through. I want to help people take charge of their life financially permanently. I am tired of seeing people reaching out for government bailouts or having to rely on other people to get them through. No more. I want to give people encouragement, the strength and the motivation they need to invest in themselves, to enlist in their lives, take charge and succeed.
I am looking forward to sharing more updates with you as the book progresses. Here is a quick mock up (pictured above) of the book cover as you can see. It is a survival guide for personal finance and investing. The subtitle will most likely change a little bit. I created this by a year ago just to have this as the motivating factor to get me through this whole process. I am excited about this. Hope you will be also as excited as I am. Love to share with you more as we go long so stay tune to the blog for more updates and progress.
As you can see, I have a link to the new website soldierfinance.com. Please feel free to check it out. You will see more blog posts and video posts like this and still working on many of those to be completed. I want to say thank you for all of your support throughout this whole process. Love to have your comments on the blog, love all the emails, and the ideas. I really appreciate it. This is Jeff Rose from Goodfinancialcents.com and Soldier of Finance.