I am a nerd. How else could I decide to have the title “Head Geek”? Not only am I a nerd, but I am a physics nerd. Which probably explains my lack of friends or ability to accept the “normal reality” around me. And being a physics nerd explains why I constantly ask questions in an attempt to gather knowledge to ultimately answer The Big Questions.
We physics nerds like to project forward to a time when most of our current issues have been resolved by science and reason: we retreat into science fiction because to us it is science future. Like many of my big brained brethren, my favorite show was Babylon 5 (B5).
For those of you not familiar with this great show, B5 is set about quarter of a millenium in the future, humanity has reached the stars and met other races, including two that are older than any others left in the galaxy. These two races are essentially diametrically opposed: the Vorlons and the Shadows. The Vorlons and the Shadows represent the humanistic ideals of Light and Dark, or Order and Chaos. They pull at the two extremes of the human soul, and each asks their own Question.
The Vorlons ask “Who are you?” A simple question with a complex answer, one that each individual needs to ask. And beyond the scope of this post.
The Shadows ask the other extreme: “What do you want?” And that is where I want to focus for now.
It is a question that is central to financial planning, and central to this blog.
Honestly, I have never blogged before. All of my writing has been in the traditional static media of print (newspapers, books, etc). The openness of this format allows us to craft this forum together, to allow you my reader to help shape this community and make it serve your needs, not mine. My only goal is to have it have maximum positive impact on the greatest number of people. Hence I will reach my goals only by helping you reach all of yours.
So, what are your goals, and your questions? How can I help you? What do you want? Do you want me just to re-post my tweets of the Financial Mistake of the Day, or do you want me to give case studies of real world scenarios and what should (and should NOT)be done? Spew facts and figures and statistics? Tell stories about stuff? Ask totally open ended questions like ‘What do you want?” C’mon, help take ownership of this forum and discussion so that I can make it more worthwhile than sitting on hold listening to Muzak versions of Franz Ferdinand. This blog is designed to help the 25 million or so Millenials in the workplace with financial issues, so let’s together draft some of the parameters so that we can together make this thing work.