When I first moved to Los Angeles for college, I was in the pure pursuit of knowledge and adventure. I studied everything I could get my hands on and excitedly anticipated beginning my career. I carried this optimism into my first job, where I worked hard but spent every penny I was making. I didn’t need to save very much since work was going so well and my salary was increasing steadily. Then, the tremendous growth my company had been enjoying began to slow. Then stop. Then reverse. Friends started getting walked to the door by security or leaving on their own. My salary gains slowed. So much of my success appeared to depend on corporate cycles. Hirings and layoffs. Quarterly statements. I worked hard to try to make myself indispensable to the companies I worked for. But, deep down, I knew I had to expand my income base to create lasting stability. Since then, I’ve diligently developed multiple streams of income and expanded my business opportunities. This blog is really about my adventures in investing, growing side businesses, and adapting to a changing world. I’m squeezing every ounce of experience out of more than a decade as an Aerospace Engineer and Program Manager. I hope you enjoy it!