Big Dreams

I have big dreams!  Dreams that are so HUGE that if I told you, you would say "Joe – you are absolutely CRAZY!"

I mean, at my last job, they named me Mr. Quixotic.  If you look up the word quixotic, you will find that it means:

  • Extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable

BUT I believe that people can win with their finances!  I do believe that every person has been placed on this planet for a God-given purpose!  I do believe that there is HOPE for everyone!

Today, I am going to share with you one of my HUGE dreams.  It is a God-inspired dream.  One that may be considered Quixotic…

Ready?  This is way out of my comfort zone to share this big huge audacious dream, but here goes …

I am compelled to start a university.  Yes, a university.  An educational facility that trains up men and women in practical application of the maths and sciences.  This university will steer completely clear of theoretical mumbo jumbo.  It will strive to teach at the lowest levels of practicality.  The goal is for people to "GET IT", not be beaten up and happy to receive a 24% on a Physics exam because it is a "C" because it was so difficult.

Yes, it will offer the best personal finance education available.

It will take about $80,000,000 to get this thing started off right. 

Think I am crazy?  Go ahead.  Call me crazy.  But guess what?  Someone started Purdue University (John Purdue).  Someone started Clemson University (Thomas Green Clemson).  Someone started Liberty University (Jerry Falwell).  Someone started Anderson University (Reverend William B. Johnson and later some education-minded citizens).

So, call me crazy.  Call me quixotic.  Call me stupid.

While you are doing that, I will be out figuring out how to get this university off of the ground.

Anyone willing to contribute the $80,000,000?

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  1. Jeremy on July 18, 2007 at 4:46 am

    That is awesome! I will pray for your dream. I look forward to seeing how God works.


  2. Chip on July 18, 2007 at 8:18 am

    You go Joe…..if you build it (even if it is digital and not bricks-n-mortar) they will come. I attend Thomas Green Clemson’s, those of us who knew him well called him ‘Greenie’, little university and received a good, well rounded education. It has served me well in many aspects of life, with one major exception. Nobody, including Clemson and my parents(both of whom were professional educators) taught me any practical or applicable personal finance skills.
    I reached adulthood just in time to catch the first truly successful advent of modern marketing. Between myself and my peers, I saw a huge number of educated, intelligent people allow aggressive marketing techniques talk them into numerous poor personal financial decisions.
    All that to say, I think you are on to something Joe and I will join Jeremy in praying that your dream grows to fruition.

  3. Chip on July 18, 2007 at 8:24 am

    Correction Joe, I meant to type that I “attended” Clemson University, not that I “attend”, as in currently. Which I guess means that in addition to failing to provide me adequate personal financial management skills, Clemson also failed to provide me solid self-editing skills….hence the local saying “Ever since I was a little boy I wanted to be a Clemson graduate. Now I are one.”

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  5. Moneymonk on August 1, 2007 at 8:40 am


    you have an awesome dream. $80 mil is not cheap. You should start off slow, get a small building and expand as you grow.

  6. Michael on March 25, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big, so long as you recognize the scope of what you are trying to do… but you need to flesh your vision out before you can take any further steps forward – know where you’re going, then go – in that order.

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