Overachieving and delusional sounds about right

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Took this photo of a Walt Disney World storm drain cover in Magic Kingdom.


A few days ago, our 2017 income taxes were filed.

Joyce, our tax preparer since 2010, and i reminisced how the first six years my business didn’t make a dime. However, i was still full-time at Disney and had a steady salary.

And this is significant because i was afraid the IRS would think i wasn’t serious – just another fool who thought they had something special the world would pay a lot of money for.

Perhaps i was a fool in more ways than one – delusional writer and small business entrepreneur.


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In hindsight, it should never feel overwhelming

Notes for tax return
Tax return notes from two days ago.


Turning in our 2015 taxes after this morning’s routine dental visit.

Turning tax papers in on March 8 is a big improvement from last year.

This year re-reminded me to polish up my personal bookkeeping system to make it ridiculous easy to plug and play. Looking to turn everything in next year by February 1.

Basically, as soon as Cheryl’s W-2 is available from Disney.




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Back To The Books

Indomitable Will
Indomitable Will

Rich Dad Poor Dad.

Here is the life-changing take-away:

When you work for someone else, you:

  1. Earn
  2. Pay Taxes
  3. Spend

When you work for yourself, you:

  1. Earn
  2. Spend
  3. Pay Taxes

I ain’t the brightest bulb in the box, but I get this. It took a lifetime, and a great book, but I get it now.

Of course, not knowing this most basic of economic structure is very embarrassing.

My Dad had two side businesses.  My Grandfather had one too. My wife’s Grammy ran a one-room grocery store for 45 years.

What did they teach me?


How is that possible?

There is no good or decent answer, except to say, “That’s just the way it was back then.”

What a shame. But it is what it is.  No bitterness.  Lost opportunity to be sure.  But no bitterness.

Now, only hope, determination and of course, indomitable will.  Like the early pioneers.