Glass Half Full Yakezie Black Belt

Earlier this week, I got my Yakezie Black Belt. Kudos to Sam the Financial Samurai for founding such a great personal finance blog network (Yakezie) and for creating the belts of honor system that rewards points for forum posts. After 11 months and 1200 points later, I received the highest belt of honor possible. Sam may need to add higher degrees of black belt because of all the lively discussion we have on the forums.

Black Belt Role Models

Here are the black belts before me who were great blog role models. Although they all have their own personalities and niches, they all provide excellent content, have great communities, and are super passionate about their blogs. If you don’t read them now, please stop by and you’ll know instantly what I’m talking about.

Financial Samurai
Budgeting In The Fun Stuff
KNS Financial
My Personal Finance Journey
Buy Like Buffett
Sustainable Personal Finance
Wealth Informatics
Invest It Wisely
Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Out With The Old, In With The New

Recently, you all got a taste of how I mentally beat myself up. In Steve Jobs Resigns, Why I Hated Apple, one commenter said “Brutal” while another commenter mentioned Milan Kundera who is described as humorous, skeptical, and fundamentally pessimistic. Half I was flattered, but the other half wanted change. Why you may ask? Since most of my Milan Kundera type posts are aimed at me, that means I am pessimistic about myself. I’m sure it makes for an entertaining read, but I am my own worst enemy. I am holding myself back from being the best me I can be!

Initial Dejection, Final Motivation

When I got my Yakezie Red Belt (600 points), I was happy at my accomplishment. Visiting the Yakezie Personal Finance Blog Network page, I couldn’t help but look at all the black belts before me. I started comparing myself. Is this Keeping Up With the Jones, blog style? I was outclassed in every category. Who do I think I am? What business do I have being mentioned in the same breath of such great company? What am I trying to prove? Why continue? You would look odd being a Yakezie Black Belt with such less than stellar stats! I was momentarily dejected. Momentarily that is…

Final Thoughts

Finally, a switch clicked. My years of beating myself up like the albino in the Da Vinci Code disappeared. I figuratively turned my glass of water upside down and made it half full. I altered my mindset and attacked my new goal with fire. Visitors, page views, advertisers, rankings are all out of my control. Why not focus on the things I can control? “I would be the lowest ranking Yakezie Black Belt and be damm proud of it!” Kudos to all Yakezie members for their high-powered, thought provoking forum posts. With such great content from my peers, I could not just skate by with hundreds of “Nice post!” comments. We had many great discussions and on a variety of interesting topics. It has been a very fulfilling, personal growth experience for me, and I hope for others as well. Last, but not least, thanks to Miss T at Prairie Eco-Thrifter for pushing me to produce high quality content and starting off the Happy Dance congratulations. Just like a Hollywood script, it is now my turn to congratulate her. Today, Prairie Eco-Thrifter is a Yakezie Black Belt, too!

Stay Inspired!

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35 Responses

  1. Moneycone says:

    Congratulations Buck! The black belt is well deserved!

  2. Buck, congratulations. You deserve it, believe me. I have to admit I got a bit emotional reading your post today. You and me are so much alike. You don’t happen to come from a long line of over achievers do you? Or did you happen to be bullied as a kid? I can relate to the feelings of unworthiness more than you know. I spent many of my years feeling like I was never good enough, like I never fit in, and that I wasn’t important. While those feelings still creep up now and then, I have realized that I am not that bad, that I actually have good things to offer and that I am a kind, caring, and good person. I make much more of an effort to not let negative emotions take over my life and because of this my life is a lot better. Cheers to the both of us for overcoming our obstacles and starting a new and better path.

    Thanks again to for the kind words and congratulations. It means the world to me to know that we have helped each other reach this milestone.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks Miss T. You deserve it, too! After reading your comment, we are much alike. My parents wanted me to over achieve and my brother is one. Talk about hitting it on the head! I’m sure it was unintentional, but those very negative feelings of worthiness developed, instead of achieving. I pretty much got stuck in reverse! I’m glad you have your negative emotions in check. I’m doing much better now, too. Very unproductive and sometimes destructive. Thank you for sharing. You’re preaching to the choir! It was doubly nice we achieved our goals at the same time. Perhaps this is a sign of bigger and better things for the both of us. Cheers and congratulations again!

  3. Congratulation Buck & Miss T!!!
    I’ll catch up to you one day so watch your back! 😉
    Great job.

  4. Krantcents says:

    Congratulations! The real lesson is you can achieve anything you want. All you have to do is set a goal and create a plan. I find plans help me overcome any insecurities because it keeps me accountable.

  5. Sam says:

    Awesome! I LOVE the attitude Buck! Believe it or not, I thought about the framework beyond Black Belt back in June, 2010. After one full year of the system being live, you will see some automatic changes. We implemented it in the code.

    Let’s wait and see and keep up the good work!


  6. Buck and Miss T – congrats to you both. I benefit enormously from each of your contributions in the forum as well as from your blogs!

  7. Oh, one thing I forget to mention. One can get 25 points for writing their Member Articles once a quarter, and a point for commenting in the posts as well.

    What I plan to do is change those numbers, so stay tuned!



  8. Congratulations on this well-deserved achievement. Your conversation starters and comments consistently appear all over the forums. Appreciate your insight.

    Will the cape ever be removed to reveal the true identity of Buck Inspire?

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks Hunter! Appreciate your support. I admire you for being so comfortable in your skin and so accessible to your readers. As for my true identity, maybe one day as I am slowly finding my groove. Perhaps that can be my goal for next year? Thanks again!

  9. 101 Centavos says:

    Congratulations, Buck. I need to spend some more time at Yakezie forum, i’ve recently found there’s tons of information if you just care to do a little digging.

  10. Congrats, Buck! And about the Karate Kid video. Aren’t they going to turn it into something like Kung-Fu kid (I know this is kind of off topic).

  11. Congrats, Buck Inspire! Great outlook at seeing things as half-full instead of half-empty… some of it is rubbing off and that’s a good thing! 🙂

  12. Vilma says:

    Hi Buck, thanks for this video, I love karate kid the movie the original one, it’s so inspiring so as you. thanks!

  13. Evan says:

    Congrats on the belt! I am still only a red belt lol

  14. Jewel says:

    I love karate kid the movie too, I always wanted to learn it for self defense but I really find it so difficult. Congrats to you Buck! How I wish I could get you to train me =)

  15. Shella says:

    wow, nice! i know it’s a bit late but i still want to congratulate you for doing a great job! keep it up!

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