Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I recently exited the rat-race after spending eight long years as a financial analyst in corporate America. The first few years were interesting and exciting, but I quickly began to recognize the treadmill for what it was. I spent several years plotting my escape by eliminating debt and building an asset allocation model. I communicate many of the strategies and philosophies that have guided me in my writing – I have two published books at this time.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Individual is Rising: 2nd Edition – Liberty, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Asset Allocation, and Education Reform for the Coming Reset
I have been analyzing macroeconomic trends for more than three years now and my analysis suggests, convincingly, that the global financial system is on the verge of a “Great Reset”. One has to go back in history to observe how the financial system has evolved to truly appreciate how much systemic risk now exists, but a quick glance at sovereign debt levels and western demographics is enough to warrant concern. In short, governments all over the world have promised way too much, run up way too much debt, and they are now stuck printing vast amounts of currency in an effort to meet obligations. The end result will be the eventual destruction of the current monetary system and implementation of a new one.
This book spends a fair amount of time presenting the economic analysis that has led me to this conclusion complete with historical data and supporting examples. The book goes on to present specific strategies that individuals can implement to help reduce their personal financial risks, and possibly even position themselves to prosper as the Great Reset plays out. All of these strategies are logically presented and backed by philosophic and economic principles.
I was motivated to write this book because the major problems with the global financial system are not covered by the mainstream media thus most people are completely oblivious to them. Much of the conventional wisdom in personal finance actually increases exposure to the systemic risks that people face unnecessarily. It is my goal to communicate these risks as well as potential solutions because it is clear the powers-that-be are not going to do so.
I have been working on this book for the better part of the past three years, and I have extensively updated and expanded upon it over the past four months.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I typically get one hundred or so words written each morning before my black lab begins to whine and nudge me with his nose. I then spend two minutes asking him to let me work before I give up and take him for a walk out on the nature trail. Most of my writing is accomplished between 9:45 and noon after Boomer’s walk each morning.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am heavily influenced by the late Austrian School economists – Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, and F.A. Hayek. I am also greatly influenced by Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” and “Outwitting the Devil”.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working to promote the 2nd edition of The Individual is Rising while learning marketing techniques.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have found that running a free Kindle promotion on Amazon and submitting the book to online directories for exposure that week is the most powerful method to generate exposure.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Whether you are right or wrong, make sure you are interesting.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The obstacle is the path.
What are you reading now?
Family Fortunes by Bill Bonner and Swords into Plowshares by Ron Paul.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully a glass of wine.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Assuming the books are for leisure and contemplation rather than survival:
“Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman
“Hormegeddon” by Bill Bonner
“Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand
“Walden and Other Writings” by Henry David Thoreau