“The irony wasn’t lost on me. When we moved halfway across the world to begin what was expected to be a 2-year assignment in Shanghai, we received so many perks that we had the potential to save ten times more than we had saved previously. And yet, just outside the 4,000+ square foot home we were living in, I encountered poverty ten times greater than I had ever seen.
It was here on my morning jogs where I found those that lived just moments away that had to sort through enormous trash piles outside of their homes just to find enough recyclables to pay for the food they needed to survive.
After enough of those early morning experiences plus travel to numerous other third-world Asian countries, I finally ran out of excuses to keep spending on things I “deserved”. I only found reasons to succeed in improving my financial health so that I could save for the future and help others to do the same.”