1- Hello Jeff, can you please tell us a little bit about you?
I’m an entrepreneur disguised as a certified financial planner, author, and blogger. I’m best known for a personal finance blog, GoodFinancialCents.com, and my book Soldier of Finance Take Charge of Your Money, and Invest in Your Future. I’m also the founder of Wealth Hacker Labs, a project where I show people how to accelerate their wealth building. I barely escaped a path of financial destruction from dropping out of college with over $30,000 of credit card and student loan debt to become a self-made multi-millionaire. I currently write for Business Insider, Forbes, US News, and World Report, and Entrepreneur. I have been also featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Reuters, and Fox Business.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
My focus areas are showing people how to accelerate their wealth-building process. My motivation comes from seeing my parents struggle with money growing up. I didn’t come from money, and everything that I’ve made I’ve done on my own. I know others have an interest in not working with into their late 70s to finally retire, and I want to show people how they can get there much faster.
3- How would you describe good financial sense in a few words?
Good Financial Cents® is the number one online resource for any consumer needing to make an important financial decision about their future. This includes choosing the best life insurance policy, homeowners policy, auto insurance, or best retirement accounts.
4- Where do you think it is really making an impact?
Families that are going through a financial transition period have a lot on their plate to manage; getting married, welcoming a newborn, or trying to figure out how much they can budget for retirement. The blog covers all of the situations, and more helping these families make the decision-making process that much simpler.
5- Do you think integrity is an essential part of the entrepreneurial spirit?
Absolutely, one of the biggest life lessons taught to me growing up treated others how you want to be treated. That’s an important lesson that I teach my kids, and contribute much of my success to it.
6- What advice would you give young people starting out, and hoping to make it in the entrepreneurial world?
Read more books, and don’t be afraid to fail. There’s tons of great information on YouTube, podcasts, and blogs, but much of the wealth of information that I’ve gained is through reading books. Make it a goal to read at least one book every month.
7- Do you find as an expert that you enjoy the challenge of the industry being complex with the game rules that are always changing?
I love the challenge of dealing with change. Without change what we do would get stale and boring, but with technology always advancing it’s fun to see what new opportunities arise because of these changes.
8- If you could turn the time what would you love to change in regards to your career?
Personally, I wouldn’t change anything. Sure I’ve made a ton of dumb business decisions that have cost me millions, but without making those decisions, and then learning from them I wouldn’t have achieved the success that I have.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
I’m most excited about my YouTube channel Wealth Hacker Labs. YouTube has allowed me to reach hundreds of thousands of more people through their platform much more than my blog.
10- The last word or final thoughts.
The best investment you can make is in yourself. You can do this by reading books, buying a mentor lunch, or paying a coach to train you in learning a skill that much faster. It doesn’t matter what it is, don’t be afraid to invest time or resources into making yourself better.