A bit more about Mr. RME
I grew up on the east coast in a middle-class family. Spectacular parents and grandparents, and phenomenal friends, most of which I am still very close to today. Parents earned an average income, saved as much as they could, and bought a middle-class house in a good neighborhood. I reflect on my childhood very fondly, and am very thankful for the upbringing I had, as many are not nearly as fortunate. However, one thing was missing from my upbringing, discussing money.
The only money conversation my parents ever had with me was “save as much as you can!” My friend’s parents were all average folks as well with typical jobs, and very few of them knew much about money either. It stems in large part from their upbringing . Growing up in the rural south, most were thankful for what they had, and were content with life as it came along. Something always seemed amiss to me, but I didn’t really put the pieces together until years later.
I went to college and pursued a degree in Math and Science. I was never the best at school, but smart enough to make it through, with a little help from friends along the way. Towards the end of my time in college, I started to gain exposure to the world of finance, corporate America, investing strategies, etc. Wow! What an eye opener! Two things were very clear:
- Knowing the right people gives you a SERIOUS head start in career and life success
- You don’t have to know someone, but you DO have to commit to outworking the person next to you. That simple.
I didn’t know the right people. I took route #2.
If you are willing to work harder than anyone else, focus on your strengths, and never pass up an opportunity to take on a new challenge, your potential is endless. My eyes were opened! For the first time, I realized that my future was not predetermined. I didn’t have to live an average life. It was up to me to decide what my life should look like. I was 21 when I realized that I could make life whatever I wanted it to be.
Somewhere along this path, I got married to a spectacular woman (Mrs. RME). I really got lucky with her. Really lucky. She loves to save, loves to work hard, and loves to have fun. We also have one child (RME Jr.), full of energy, and wouldn’t have it any other way!
After finishing up college, I worked hard to find a job that was the right fit, and eventually took a job with a Fortune 500 company. After a few months on the job, two more things were now very clear:
- I could really excel in an environment like this. Work hard, work smart, help anyone I could, and ultimately do anything I could to help this company succeed.
- I strongly dislike the requirement to show up for a rigid work schedule day after day in a stuffy office in front of a computer screen (ironic, I know, as I sit here spending my free time in front of a computer screen…)
I went on to have a great career with this company. There have been ups and downs, and I have spent well over 50 hours a week in an office. I have always given my all to whatever I take on, and the same went for this job. Despite the fact I have never enjoyed the 9-5 slog, I have given it my all every day, and have certainly been rewarded for it. Just amazing how many smart people are out there, and also amazing how many are not willing to work hard and instead willing to settle.
Through the years, like my parents, I saved as much as I could. However, unlike them, I have dedicated myself to mastering money. I have spent countless hours learning about retirement, investing, finance, tax strategies, withdrawal strategies, etc. I have also had numerous professional roles affiliated with running a business, stock markets and investing. If it has to do with building wealth and ultimately achieving financial freedom, I have no doubt given it a look. With this site, I will share the insights I have gained over the years.
I sit here today in my early 30’s, 5-8 years from retirement.
However, If I knew 10 years ago what I know today, I would only have 2-3 years left! Let me help you make retirement easy, so you have time to live the life you want! I am Mr. Retirement Made Easy.