So I decided to finally write this post up on how I was able to supercharged my net worth. Some of you may know that I have worked oversea in Afghanistan since 2011. Before I went oversea I didn’t have too much debt probably around $20,000. This is between my car note and consumer debt. I didn’t start a blog until 2014 and kind of was on & off. You can read my pros & cons of working oversea here. This is not your typical 9 to 5 job, more like 7 days a week 12 hour a day. I decided to work oversea because of the high paying salary, tax benefits, and to set myself financially free in the future. I am blessed to been given this opportunities. Even today I still can’t figure out how the hell I can mentally still be stable. This is life in a box you don’t want to wander off like you’re in the city.
So to start, I’m a government contractor doing maintenance/construction type of job. In 2011 (at the age of 24) I was working in Georgia for a contract job, and received a phone call saying there was a spot open in Afghanistan. At first that didn’t sound to enticing being over in a war zone and getting shot up. I have never been oversea before and never imagine I would do anything like this. Then the recruiter mention that they’re paying 2xx,xxx+ ( Wait! how much again!!!). I almost fell over; this is the part where I should have negotiated more. This is the most money someone ever offered me, so I end up telling the recruiter “When do you want me to start?”
To the desert
So come November 2011 I was flying off into the desert making the bacon. At first it didn’t seem like it was bad until after the 3 month mark. I was like damn this place suck, but getting my pay check put a smile on my face every time I looked at it. Since I had minimal cost, housing, food, was all covered for in the desert. I was just stacking the paper and barely spending. I was able to pay all of my consumer debt and car note. My next step was super charging my retirement and investment portfolio. I was able to accumulate 3 rental properties. My 401k and Ira is max out every year. My saving and emergency account was all funded. Who wouldn’t take this job, like they say high risk come with high reward right?
Return to the desert continue
As of 2016 I’m back over here in Afghanistan again. I was in Afghanistan 2011 to 2014, and then took a job back in the states. The money wasn’t that great, I had to pay gas, food, and housing, so everything adds up pretty fast when you’re back in the states. So I ended up going back over to Afghanistan again in November 2015 to present. I ended up giving my brother my original car that I bought, and buying a new one for myself (big mistake should have bought a used one). Now my 2nd time out here in Afghanistan I have a car note which is like $12,000 left but will be paying it off soon. Also have 3 mortgage and all 3 is rental properties, which for the most part pays for itself. Most of my consumer debt is paid off every month. Taking these steps have given me the opportunities to super charge my net worth rapidly and to meet my financial free goals. Next month I will make another job change and will still be oversea but in the UK. I did take about a $50,000 pay cut but I’m able to have 1 day off to explore and travel, since travel is my passion.
Although the money is good, the one thing that I will always regret is spending more time with my friends, siblings, and other relatives. I have missed many events and family reunion due to working oversea. This is the choice that I have taken and I have to deal with it. I know in the long run I will be better off financially. These opportunities have allowed me to help some of my siblings financially. I gifted my brother my original car (actually sold it for him for $1.00, must be nice) without this job I wouldn’t be able to help them. Some may see it as being selfish since it doesn’t seem like I was never there. What they don’t see is the big lifestyle changes that I have to endure. There were many nights of thinking that I should be home and spending more time with the family. Who would want to live in a 20 x 8 connex box for almost 4 year? Some people may see it like we’re living a hotel lifestyle over here.
I’ve seen many vacant job oversea, but the problem is people willing to make that jump? Many people I know left the job return back to the states to work then end up back oversea again. I know this is not an ideal job for everyone but have anyone been offer or thought about working oversea? I know there will be a lot of sacrifices and emotional toll; I have seen it firsthand with the people I work with. How far are you willing to push it to the limit to have a financial sound future?
So that’s my story of how I was able to supercharge my net worth.
I would like to hear your thoughts and opinions.