Thanks for visiting my about page. Please, let me introduce myself.
My name is Tony, and I was born in 1985 in Spain.
I now live in I lived almost 7 years in the UK, but now I am back in Spain living with my West Sussex, England girlfriend fiancée and working 100% remotely.
Because I grew up poor, I had always thought that I have to work hard to make a living and survive in this ‘cruel’ world. In fact, I was not that wrong at all, but what I didn’t know is that I can actually change the course through investing, turning modern “slavery” into wealth and well-being for my family and the futures generations to come.
Things have changed quickly over the last years, the internet and technology have arisen and completely changed the way we live, and best of all, has given us the chance to seek an opportunity, do research, connect, communicate with others, learn, invest and many other possibilities. Now it is easier than ever, now it is the time to lead the path in the right direction — becoming financially independent. My number? One million euros.
What is this blog exactly about?
In this blog, I plan to document every single step I make to archive my goal, showing total transparency on where I allocate the seeds that will grow as trees in the long term.
As Warren Buffett says:
You will see what investments vehicles I use, what returns or losses they add to my portfolio, and what mistakes I make (and hopefully learn from them).
And its purpose?
Tell me who you go with and I will tell you who you are
As this English saying suggests, getting surrounded by like-minded people is important to be committed to your goals. In my daily life, I find it difficult to meet people that look after archiving similar goals to mine. Time to give it a go on the web and be a part of this growing community. However, this is not my only reason:
- Help and inspire others to improve their wealth.
- Learning, learning, learning! (about writing, investments, and other people).
- Track my journey and stick to my goals.
- Contribute to charities (if this blog would ever become profitable).
Put differently, the purpose of this blog is not to teach you how you can become financially independent, but more about how to teach me how to do it. I believe that by documenting my journey online, I also give the chance to show others what worked and what didn’t. I am hoping learners can use my experiences to make better decisions and gain inspiration to accomplish their own goals.
Why did I begin investing?
During my English learning process, I added a new habit to my life — Reading. My partner has this habit too, which helps me to stick to it on a deeper level. The book that opened my eyes about the topic of finances was Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki, which is a great introductory and inspirational read for beginners. Before reading Kiyosaki’s book, most of my money was in a saving account returning a 0.25% interest rate.
Want to know more about me?
My deepest passions are designing and investing. I spend weekdays working as a design engineer and weekends and free time reading about topics that interest me (investing, self-development, engineering), travelling, visiting, exercising, and socializing. I feel generally happy, but it hasn’t been always like that.
Rolling back a few years…
At the age of 20, I joined the university to study mechanical engineering for 4 years. I finished at the age of 25, right after the global financial crisis began (2008-2009). That was luck, wasn’t it? Real-life was waiting for me just at the time of being in a terrific competitive environment. To give you an idea, unemployment rates in Spain at that time were above 22%. Going to work felt more like joining a battlefield as opposed to a team-friendly working place, at least that was my experience within the industrial field.
That obliviously didn’t bring any happiness to my life but had to still be grateful for having a job. My determination and eagerness to learn and achieve kept me going on for 4 years until I reached a point of extreme misery. My relationships were going nowhere and my efficiency at work decreased like an object in free fall. In addition, my mum was ill and needed my attention, and I have no siblings who could help me to handle the situation. I suddenly felt like having to climb Everest right from the bottom to the top with a completely exhausted soul. I had no meaning and no purpose at all, I was literally totally lost.
My move to England
That was my turning point, had to find the way to get my spirit back, to be me again, so I could overcome that hill and become a stronger version of myself. My mum began to feel better, there was not much I could do for her. It was the time to sort me out, to get answers. I decided to move abroad for some time and start digging out my new me from scratch. England was my choice. I spent the first year preparing my English, learning the new culture, meeting new interesting people (including my girlfriend) and having new experiences, it was such a wonderful time!
During that time I clearly realized that having materialistic possessions, such as a car, the latest technology smartphone or TV wouldn’t make the most out of me but instead living experiences and following passions. One year went by quickly and I felt like it wasn’t enough, I still wanted to learn more while living on British lands, so I let my work experience in the UK begin. It started similarly to any other foreigner. I worked in the hospitality sector and moved into engineering thereafter. I started my one million journey in 2017.
Last words about me
I would describe myself as being introverted, a person who likes socialising but not being surrounded by people all the time, I need some time to recharge and do my things like reading, watching informative and educational videos, exercising, meditating, and writing.
My story on the CashFlow Cop’s Humans of FI
Do you still want to know me better? Then you can read my story on the CashFlow Cops Humans of FI series
Do have any questions or would like to get in touch with me? No problem, you can email me at tony (at) onemillionjourney (dot) com or message me on Twitter.
The information contained in onemillionjorney.com is about documenting my personal journey towards one million, therefore it should be used for entertainment and educational purposes only and should not be taken as investment advice, because I neither know your goals nor your personal situation, and you may need to consult a professional financial advisor to do so.
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