Why Pedals and Profits?
It’s a dream most say will never happen… but for me, trading for a living is a reality.
For nearly 19 years, I have spent my days (and most nights) building the framework for a life where money begets money. And for the next 90 days of my life, I’ll be putting it all to the test.
People always ask me, “Shawn, is it really possible to trade for a living?” To which I am proposing a little challenge. Let’s put the question to rest – I don’t want to give it a compulsory verbal response, but good old fashion experiment.
So, for better or for worse, I will take a $25,000 account and for 3-months I will document every penny of income and every line of expense as I pedal my way across America supporting my family of ten from the profits I am able to generate managing my investment account.
Armed with a cellular hotspot, a laptop computer and a 21-speed Fezzari road bike, not only will I try to answer the ultimate financial question, but I will also face my goliath in physical conditioning. While it’s true that I have spent years training for the financial experiment of a lifetime, I will also be staring down 4300 miles of open road on a bicycle – and for a 277-pound middle-aged office jockey that is chained to a computer – this is not going to be a simple stroll through the park.
Why pedal? It’s rooted in my theory that fitness is fitness – be it financial or physical. I believe there are many parallels that can be constructed between becoming physically fit to becoming financially fit and I want to be able to draw from those parallels to help people approach financial training with no less vigor, passion and effort than they would expect to put into their physical training routine.
Intrinsic to the question, “Can you really trade for a living?” is the underlying interest in knowing whether you can support your household? I realized early in my planning that I could not do this without my family. So, one evening, I gathered 8 children and an unusually understanding wife into a family council where we discussed the concept of pedals and profits. With no less than 100% approval my good family rallied around the idea and embraced the ‘all for one and one for all’ attitude it will take to make this experiment a success. I anticipate the more interesting story will be the inner workings and transition of a suburban soccer family to trials and challenges of the road in the 360 square foot living space of a 1981 MCI bus converted to our own “mobile” home!
With this background behind us, and yards of foreground before of us, I invite you to join the “pedals and profits” story as it unfolds mile-by-mile and penny-by-penny!