It’s Not Easy, But There IS a Way

If you had told me 15 years ago that I’d be a million-dollar investment strategist living in the Florida Keys… with the Straits of Florida, literally, in my back yard… I would have called you crazy.

Even today, I have a hard time believing it’s real.

I wake up every morning in tropical paradise – a place most people visit on vacation.

And I do, for “work,” exactly what I love to do.

To me – it really doesn’t get any better than that.

I’ve achieved what most people yearn for their whole life – personal and financial freedom.

But I’m not here to sugarcoat my life’s story. I won’t tell you it was easy.

Because, even though I’ve developed an investment strategy that helps people remove emotion from the equation, I had to “kiss a lot of toads,” so to speak, before finding my own one-way ticket to success and freedom.

My road to success was a winding one… with many frustrating, but formative, detours along the way.

I grew up in a small town. My parents were the first in their family to go to college – my mom was a special education teacher and my dad an attorney. But as the oldest of three boys, I was always looking to pick my own course through life.

For a long time, I thought my life’s calling was medicine. And I worked through all of high school and college with that goal in mind. Math and science came naturally to me – and I was a curious to learn – so it seemed like a great fit.

It was tough, but all the long hours of studying eventually paid off.

In 2004, I found myself a first-year medical student… vowing, like all good medical students, to “help people.” But frankly, even though I excelled at the math and science coursework, and enjoyed working with people, I had a yearning to do something… a bit more creative. The practice of medicine, I learned, could be somewhat routine. So my creative juices… and my yearning to do research and make new discoveries… led me to consider other career paths… other ways to help people.

Besides, after a year of working 80-hour weeks, I realized that if I stayed in medicine, I wouldn’t have the personal freedom to live MY life.

But even though medical school turned out to be a dead-end road for me, the coursework really honed my analytical and critical-thinking skills… and taught me how to use the scientific method, and statistical analysis, to solve complex puzzles.

And I was excited to put those skills to work in my newest passion – business and investing. Now, most of my schooling was in biology and chemistry – the classic pre-med track. So I decided it was time to go back to school.

I spent the next three years in business school, earning my Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, and working as a college admissions counselor – helping new college students navigate their first year of school.

Again, I enjoyed helping people at that job – but I was itching to cut my teeth in the finance world and put my skills to work.

In 2008, I thought I’d found my dream job. I was recruited to join a Fortune 500 financial advisory firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This, too, turned out to be a dead-end detour.

I thought my job was to help families manage their money wisely.

But I quickly learned my job boiled down to selling the company’s party line… making the company money, no matter what. Oh… and I was still working 80 hours a week – with no personal freedom to speak of.

Not to mention, 2008! Maybe the worst time EVER to start off a career as a financial advisor. Between late 2007 and early 2009 – the stock market dropped 58%! It was the worst financial calamity since the Great Depression. But get this…

My company’s advice at the time… was “DO NOTHING.”

It was insane! I had clients who were planning to retire within the next five years… and my company’s advice was simply: “Keep calm and carry on. This too shall pass.”

Well, I’m sorry… but for me, that just wasn’t good enough. I knew there had to be a better way to grow wealth and actually manage risk… something better than “buy-and-hold,” or as I like to call it, “buy-hold-and-HOPE.”

So I moved on and I dove into the “active” side of investment management.

I traded global currencies for a multi-million-dollar investment fund. That was a thrill! But again – I was chained to a desk 12 hours a day, “manually” trading the most volatile markets in the world. And I figured that might turn out to be a one-way ticket to a heart attack by age 30.

So there I was, in a field I had a passion for and knew I was good at… but I was overworked, underpaid, exhausted and basically miserable.

Plus, I was forced to work for firms that I could clearly see didn’t have their clients’ best interests at heart.

It was frustrating. I felt trapped. And I knew the only way out was if I took control of my own personal and financial freedom.

I knew I had to do it MY WAY.

And that’s what led me here – to Dent Research.

Finally, I found a good fit for my personality and skill set.

  • You use the scientific method, and statistics, to build a bullet-proof investment strategy…
  • An investment strategy that’s formulaic… so that it eliminates all the guesswork and emotional decision-making that plagues most investors…
  • And then… once you have a time-tested strategy… you have the discipline to follow it.

Long story short… this is how I came to develop my own personal strategy – the systematic investment approach I’ve been sharing with thousands of readers since 2012.

Now, I’m not here today to tell you why my strategy works as well as it does. I’ll save that story for another time…

I just want to reflect on what my system has done for me… and, much like the thousands of readers who already follow it, what it could do for you.

You see, to me, once again it’s all about personal freedom.

When I discovered the power of my investing strategy, a whole new world opened up to me.

Suddenly…

I was in control of my money…

I could actually manage risk, rather than just hoping for the best.

I was in control of my emotions…

I could sleep well at night, knowing my strategy was designed to capitalize on the emotional overreactions of other investors… AND, at the same time, prevent me from falling victim to my own emotions.

I was in control of my time…

I was in control of my living arrangement… I could live anywhere I wanted, including what I consider one of the most beautiful places in this country – the Florida Keys.

Basically, I’m now in control of my destiny… rather than being at the mercy of Corporate America, the Wall Street advice machine, or anyone else for that matter.

As I said, the road to getting here wasn’t easy. But the hard work certainly paid off.

Now I have the personal freedom to manage my money how I want…

I have the personal freedom to live my life how I want.

And to me, that’s the greatest blessing of all.

Of course, I’d be foolish to share my success story without acknowledging a key piece of the puzzle. That is, without expressing my utmost gratitude to the thousands of Dent Research readers who have TRUSTED ME – with their hard-earned money – for the last five years.

In many ways, I’m not the typical-looking investment advisor.

I don’t have an Ivy League pedigree. I’ve never worked at Goldman Sachs. And you won’t find me in a shiny New York City high rise.

Still, thousands of readers have trusted in me… and committed to creating their own personal and financial freedom, by trusting my strategy.

I’m deeply grateful for their faith in me, because it allows me to do exactly what I love doing… helping people invest wiselyhelping people chart their own course through life.

But enough about me…

My whole point is – you have to take control of your investments, to truly achieve financial freedom… whatever “financial freedom” means to you.

So let me ask you…

What course are you dreaming of charting?

Is it to retire early? Buy your dream house, or move to a tropical paradise, like I did? Pay off your mortgage and travel the world? Send your kids to any college they want? Maybe you’d like to have the time and freedom to help others yourself.

Whatever your dream is, I’m living proof that you CAN achieve it.

But we both know that financial independence is what transforms dreams into reality. And in order to gain that independence… you’ve got to have a plan.

You’ve got to avoid the mistakes and traps that so many investors fall prey to every day. That means removing emotion and relying on a proven systematic approach that doesn’t allow you to second-guess or overreact to the markets in a way that loses you money… or robs you of gains that you left on the table.

I’ll be  in touch with you soon to share with you a bit more on the strategy that can help you erase fear, hesitation and worry when it comes to your portfolio – forever.

— Adam O’Dell