"I have frequently told physicians and dentists that the first really good personal finance and investing book you ever read is likely to be worth $2 Million to you over the course of your life... This is a $2 Million book." ~ James M. Dahle, MD (The White Coat Investor)
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Given that I had the experience of thinking research was pretty worthless and then transitioned to “seeing the light,” I wanted to spend some time answering five questions that medical students often ask me regarding research:
Sometimes the head and the heart just can’t agree. Paying off debt provides more peace of mind than making more in the market investing. The math doesn’t make sense, but what is the point of wealth if you aren’t content? What does your head and heart think/feel?
Quite possibly, this should have been my first post. A significant portion of this blog is going to be focused on building wealth and my personal journey to get there. Being a philosophy major in undergrad, this begs the question: What is the purpose of obtaining wealth?
Throughout the first thirty years of my existence I did not learn a thing about personal finance from just about anyone. Not my parents. Not my grandparents. Certainly not my medical school. I had to learn it on my own, which I found to be very frustrating. In fact, my journey started when I noticed a book (Boglehead’s Guide to Investing) sitting on my friend’s coffee table.
As I started accumulating financial knowledge through reading books or visiting financial blogs aimed at high-income professionals, I started to learn that debt was something to be destroyed. It delays building wealth. I don’t want that to happen to you. So, keep reading to find out more about wealth and how to build it.
I always tell students I work with the following: You have to LOVE the good aspects about your chosen specialty and be able to PUT UP with the negative aspects. What do I mean by that?