My Motivation to Achieve Financial Success – Legacy

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  1. TheMoneyMine says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, it’s a great one, I’ll add a link to it.
    Your grand pa must have been a really nice person and he obviously had a strong influence on your decisions. It’s always a great motivator to have a role model you can identify with, especially when they’re so close.
    With such a strong motivation to reach financial success, I have no doubt you’ll succeed.

    • Hero says:

      Thanks, MM. Grandpa was a little rough around the edges – he knew that and embraced it. But on the inside, he was a big teddy bear.

      When I left for college as a freshman, I’ll never forget his goodbye. He shook my hand, sneakily placing a $10 bill in my hand, gave me a hug, and choked back tears the entire time. He was a great role model and sounding board.

  2. That’s a strong motivator for sure! And such an exciting vision to have. Keep up the hard work and you’ll be living that dream soon!

  3. It’s great that you had a mentor/role model like your grandpa in your life. My wife and three children provide my motivation. We want to provide the best finance start for our children and be prepared for a great second half for my wife and I.

  4. Thanks for sharing such a personal story.

    I find legacy to be an important motivator for me. I want to leave the world a better place than I found it, even if that is just in small ways or in my impact on the people close to me.

  5. A nice story, Hero. Powerful stuff.

  6. Great post. Our motivation was all of the things that you listed. Your thoughts reminded me of the new(er) Dave Ramsey book that is themed on leaving a multi-generational family legacy with your wealth. It’s a good, short read.

  7. It is always special to learn what peoples driving force is. It sounds like your grandfather was a truly amazing person. It is a great reminder as well for when things feel like an uphill battle (as it does to all of us at some time or another). It may feel tough going uphill, but when you glance over your shoulder and see all that you have accomplished, it feels oh so worth it.

  8. My parents will likely leave us a nice inheritance when they pass but my hope is that we will only be able to add to it and leave it for future generations as part of our legacy. We have sacrificed along the way for our kids, but nothing more than my own parents sacrificed. We also want to be able to give as a big part of our legacy too. Nice post – thanks for sharing!

    • Hero says:

      Now THAT is inspirational, Vicki. Your family tree will likely be changed forever due to the trend that you and Mr. MSD are continuing.

  9. Love the motivation here! I think for me it’s mainly just never wanting to be someone who has to work till the day they die. Also being able to take an entrepreneurial risk at some point if I have an idea I really want to pursue, while being in a good financial position.

  10. Untemplater says:

    You’re lucky you had such an inspirational grandfather in your life. He definitely left quite an impression on you. I think it’s great you are working hard to leave your own legacy now too. Keep it up!

  11. Sounds like your grandfather was a very wise man! I also am motivated to leave a legacy through family. I miss my family terribly living on the opposite coast from them! Hoping to move back to be near them soon!

    • Hero says:

      I also live somewhat far from family, Julie – though we aren’t on opposite coasts. That must be awful.

      With your savings rate, you’re poised to leave a pretty awesome monetary legacy to your family!

  12. Your grandfather seems like he was a great guy! So glad you learned a lot from him. What motivates me to achieve financial success is the seeing from my parent’s lifestyles how damaging lifestyle inflation and debt can be. Both of them made great salaries at their jobs but they also bought new cars often, purchased larger than they needed houses, spent on unnecessary cosmetic home renovations and weren’t really conscious with their money. I never want that to happen to me. So far I think I’ve been doing pretty good! Just have to finish paying off the student loans I have.

  13. Paul Andrews says:

    It’s funny, you’d think that money in and of itself is a motivator (if not, then why would you go to work for your salary?). But I love how you dug in here, and I think that the more people realize why they’re in this “Money Hunt” (lifestyle, protection, hanging out with Mickey Mouse and the fam for two weeks) the easier it becomes to reach their goals. After all, it’s less about “the number” than what “the number” can allow you to do. Love the post!

  14. This story is beautiful and so touching and I love “Look what we did, Mother.”

    I can see how people may misunderstand your intentions on achieving financial success, but after reading this I completely understand. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I love hearing other people’s personal stories about motivation. Your grandparents clearly had a profound impact on you and I agree with you 100% on how you look to your friends. I probably look like a “cheap *fill in the blank*” to my friends and they have told me that but I’m not doing it for them, I’m doing it for myself so I try not to let it get to me (it does at times).

    My motivation came from my mother. It was a simple sentence she said to me but after she said it, I set my mind straight. Thanks for sharing!

  16. That’s great that you have such nice memories of your grandfather and learned so much from him. It’s funny how so much wisdom is passed by observation rather than speaking too.

    Sounds like you are on the right track and the goals motivating you are the right ones!

  17. ZJ Thorne says:

    Not wanting to have children, I think of my legacy in a slightly different way. I want to adopt causes and people who need love. I want to surround myself in community that I can support in whatever way they need. I want to turn away from work and help a friend in need for however long it takes. I want to leverage my money to have the most impact. Right now, my girlfriend has a short-term high-stress job she loves. It will be over soon. I’m using this time to invest in her. I take care of many of her life-maintenance activities (for cheap) so that she can focus on doing the high-level work she is doing without having to worry about light bulbs, etc. Her life is easier because I’m acting in this way. My legacy will include actions like this, and these actions will only improve when my money situation improves.

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