I have this ridiculous mentality that wont let me feel successful (professionally) until I have achieved a six figure income. I know that’s a crazy way to determine whether or not I am successful, but I honestly have a sick obsession with breaking the $100K threshold. I think I know where this came from. I was raised in a family that pretty much made six figures or close to it as far back as I can remember.
Just because my parents may have had a six figure income doesn’t mean we lived a six figure lifestyle. They bought moderately used vehicles, bought a home in a starter neighborhood, put the kids in public school, and lived a pretty simple life. Over the last two to three years, their income has really increased. Without giving away too much info, let’s just say Obama’s proposed tax hikes would definitely affect my parents. Now that the children are grown they have began to take advantage of their income. They both bought new cars, are remodeling the same starter home they have lived in for 16yrs, and they take more vacations together. They have a pretty sweet life right now and I’m happy for them.
The purpose of this post though is not to talk about how awesome my parents are (even though they are pretty freakin’ awesome). Instead I’m writing about their income because it totally motivates me to get out there and bring home the bacon. I got to do some pretty epic things as a kid that I wouldn’t have gotten to do if money was an issue. I am excited to take on the responsibility to provide a great life for my future wife and future baby ninjas.
Well I definitely don’t think a six figure income is necessary to achieve financial security, I’m totally motivated to join the club. Here is the part where I’d like to get all mushy and give a shout out to my parents. Thanks for working hard, providing a great life for us kids, but not spoiling the crap out of us and making us ungrateful jerkfaces. You two are pretty awesome parents and I probably definitely wouldn’t trade ya for anything.