Coming from the Midwest, an unknown school, and only blue-collar connections to start my career, I was destined to be a misfit in the investment industry. From my experience, I have found it is sometimes difficult for those on the East or West Coast to get past the stereotypes that come from my region. “Didn’t attend an Ivy League School?” “Even if he is intelligent, can he handle city living?” “Does he speak like those folks in the Fargo movie and TV shows?” I could go on, but you get the drift.
So, I decided to write and put myself out there. Could it be a total disaster? Sure! At least I’ll know that I tried though. Some of you may already know me personally, or from social media. The most likely case is that you have never heard of me- that’s ok though!
First of all, I figured it is only prudent of me to tell you why I am writing. Everyone has their reasons for writing and for not writing. Not everyone who decides to write can stick to the process as it is rigorous and grueling at times. Others tend to lose interest in what they are writing. Some people enjoy writing but never find that captive audience. My first reason for writing is quite simple: TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER. If you couldn’t already tell, I am not what you might call a naturally gifted writer. But tried and true-- practice makes perfect. You can read all the books on writing that give you tips, tricks, and processes, but without practice those concepts learned are useless. My goal is to avoid some, if not all, of these pitfalls. Fingers crossed!
One thing that has always eluded me though is my own voice. This is the second reason why I am writing. Even when I wrote or presented to clients, it was on the firm’s behalf and not always of my own opinions or thoughts. And, as much as I lobbied for my ideas, message, and vision in the background, it didn’t always make it to the audience. If it did, it typically was conservatively edited. I’d like to be clear- this doesn’t mean myself and the firm were not on the same page. We 100% agreed on our mission to provide clients unbiased responsible and trustworthy advice that always was in their best interest. That mission has been and will always be priority number one to me. With that said, I wanted to beat to my own drum, share my ideas, and illustrate the trends I see in the markets and our economy.
The third and final reason I will share was already touched on in the introduction. There is a common problem many individuals have in the investment industry. If you didn’t go to an Ivy League School or don’t have the right connections you have little chance of getting so much as a phone interview with a reputable firm, let alone a job. That is why I make the metaphorical assumption that I am just another “Charlie-in-the-box” from the Island of Misfit Toys. I know I won’t change this mindset broadly, but I feel the street is missing out on some hirable gems that chose the road less traveled. So during this journey, I hope to open the minds of others within my industry to look at individuals with talent from unexpected backgrounds or regions.
If you made it this far, thank you, and I hope you will continue reading my blog posts going forward. I look forward to bringing you market insights and even some hot takes you can ridicule and use against me in the future.