Personal finance is not taught in schools, and the fast paced information age has made it a priority to learn proper money management. I believe the only way to get better is to keep learning. I always focus on personal development. I took the quote from Charlie “Tremendous” Jones to heart, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Most people don’t read books after college. I have made it a point to read 12 to 24 books a year since 1997. I have learned a lot about myself in this lifelong learning process. I know that I enjoy building relationships.
My company was created out of my need to share the knowledge I have gained over the last 20 years. I want to give back to the people who need help learning personal finance. They may not have $100k in investments, but they have a genuine desire to learn and take charge of their life. We can't survive in today's world without knowing how money works, and how to make it work for us.
Troy Bryant, President
I played high school and then college football. This team aspect is what drives me to be successful. For business and investing is a team sport!
"Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." Albert Einstein
My name is Troy D. Bryant. I was born in West Palm Beach, FL and grew up in a lower middle class family. My grandparents on my mother side were on well fare, and I remember standing in line every month to get my grandparents allotment of dry goods, and a block of cheese. I am the youngest of three children. I have one older sister and one older brother. My father was born with cerebral palsy but he has been fortunate enough to learn a trade and provide for our family. He was a small engine mechanic, and worked two jobs just to put food on the table.
I learned to work hard at a young age, and I even got a job at the local convenience store cleaning up the floors and stocking the shelves. From the age of 10 to 18 I made over $26,000 as a young kid. What did I do with all that money? I blew it of course! My parents made me save a little bit of that money.
By the time I went to college in North Carolina I only had $1000 left over. Not much to start my college career of with, but I was determined to be a successes no matter what I was going to do. I graduated from Guilford College in 1999, and in 1997 before graduating I realized that I knew nothing about money or business. I was in debt up to my eye balls, and that was not even counting my student loans that I was not even paying on yet.
After graduation I took a job working for a bank so I can learn more about how money works. I also started reading everything I could get my hands on about money and investing. I have learned a lot and I continue to keep learning. The one thing I found out quickly is that I was DEEP in bad debt. There was no way out, and I went bankrupt!
Life had given me some real hard lessons to learn and boy did I learn them. You truly don’t feel stress unless you hit rock bottom. I knew that rock bottom was only a temporary place for me. This is not where I was going to stay. I have a way of breaking down the complex ideals of investing and business, and I know I can help teach others with what I learned. I’m proud to say 10 years after my bankruptcy, I have a wonderful credit score, and over $100,000 in investments.
Everything I have done can be duplicated, and it is not hard. There are so many examples that we can follow. All you have to do is choose one, and stay diligent with your actions. So thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about me. Now come and join me on the road to MYED4FREEDOM!