About Us

Welcome to The Mastermind Within! My name is Erik and I’m passionate about learning, becoming wealthy and healthy, and helping others grow to their full potential!

I started this blog because I want to stay accountable in my learning, finances, and life. I want to share my life and connect with other like-minded individuals.

When I was 17, I realized I should start working to become better. I’ve always been naturally talented at various things: school, sports, and games, but I was never the best. I also was very quiet and not a great conversationalist. As a senior in high school, I started to expose myself to different subjects and topics.

Once I got to college, I started to grow as I continued to learn more about myself and others, my life, my surrounding. It’s a true statement, you grow through experiences.

Throughout college, I became interested in personal finance and financial freedom. I read articles, on sites such as Financial Samurai, and became excited at the prospect of becoming wealthy at a young age.

Once I got out of college and was employed in the workforce, I became obsessed with learning about different wealth building strategies. I bought a house and have house hacked for 2 years, I’ve kept my savings rate around 50%, and I’ve increased my income to nearly $100,000 a year, and I’m just 25 years old!

That’s where The Mastermind Within comes in. What’s success and achievement if you can’t share it with others and help them on their path to financial success?

The Mastermind Within covers personal finance, self improvement, and entrepreneurship. Here’s what you canexpect here on The Mastermind Within: articles and tools to help you with personal finance and getting you on the path to financial freedom, articles on the books I’ve read, and different tips and tactics for building wealth through saving, investing, and/or building a business.

The Mastermind Within Mission Statement:

The Mastermind Within hopes to build a collaborative community where ideas can flow openly, and readers can build knowledge and experience amazing personal growth.

At the end of the day, I want to help you become the best version of you. Life is a journey, and want to join you in your journey of success.

Here’s some more information on me:

  • Born in 1992
  • Went to college at the University of Minnesota and has a Bachelor’s in Math and a Master’s in Financial Math
  • Currently works at a large regional bank doing statistical analysis on commercial loans to help the bank comply with the Dodd-Frank act
  • Owns a house and rents out 2 rooms to other people
    • Is looking to purchase more properties in the future
  • Enjoys reading, playing golf, softball, basketball, card and board games
  • Believes that getting outside your comfort zone is key to development and growth
  • Can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 20 seconds and owns 10 cube/puzzles in total
  • Is passionate about building passive income and growing his net worth through smart investments

For me, once I became self-aware of our limitations and wanted to grow as much as possible, I started to tap into my potential. Reading articles online, talking to professionals, getting out of my comfort zone were all things that were beneficial. I want to keep growing and share these habits and tips with others so that they can be successful in their future.

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Latest Posts

Here are a handful of posts to get you going. Enjoy!

good to great book review
Good to Great Book Review
In today’s world, there are many solid companies. Each quarter and each year, they are profitable, but they aren’t amazing. They are good, but aren’t going to be your portfolio’s all stars. What is stopping companies like these from becoming
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Better Later than Too Late
Today, I welcome Owais who blogs at Simple Money Man. For those of you who don’t know him, here’s an introduction: Hello, I’m Owais and run the website Simple Money Man. Today, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to have
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personal finance quotes to ponder on
42 Personal Finance Quotes to Ponder On
A little bit of a change-up here for you all! I’ve gathered up 42 personal finance quotes to ponder on. I hope you enjoy these and make sure to let me know what your favorite personal finance quotes were in
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Why I’m Going into Debt for Home Improvements and How it Will Improve My Home Value
Not all debt is bad. There, I said it. Usually, I advocate for people to destroy their debt. Usually, I’d say to avoid getting into debt if you can, because debt is restricting, constricting, and not fun. But, there are
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the mastermind within
What You Can Expect from The Mastermind Within
Hi there, I’m Erik. Every once in a while, I feel it’s necessary to provide an update on what I’m thinking, and if this aligns with what you are hoping to get from reading The Mastermind Within. As the owner
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remove the noise
Remove Noise to be More Successful in Your Life
Do you ever get done with everything on your list? Have you automated away a lot of your tasks and now have much more time on your hands? Did you sift through the noise and moved on to what’s important
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More Money, More Options – My Why For F.I.
Stephen R. Covey tells us to “Begin with the End in Mind” in his 7 habits to being a highly effective individual. For me, that means first, picking a goal, and then defining my why for my actions. What is
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paid $39,000 to live in house
How I Made $39,000 to Live in My House Before My Roommates Moved Out
This past weekend, my roommates moved out. It’s the end of an era: I’m not longer a house hacker. The last 27 months have been amazing for me financially with my biggest expense being hacked. It’s a little bit sad,
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personal finance blog traffic report
Blog Traffic and Income Report – October 2017
Welcome to the tenth monthly Blog Traffic and Income Report for The Mastermind Within! For my readers, each month, I post the traffic statistics and income The Mastermind Within blog has earned and comment on any changes, improvements, and disappointments.
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