www.StartInPhx.com is truthfully the result of a lot of things that have happened in my life over the year and a half leading up to January 2016. After becoming a father I began to get a lot more serious and intentional about certain aspects of my life.

The first area was my personal finances. I’ve always been a relatively conservative spender and good saver but I also had a pile of student debt that I was making payments on. The arrival of my first child struck me with the urgency to get that debt paid-off and out of my life.

Another area was my career. I’d been working hard day-in and day-out but not making the professional progress I really wanted. Shortly after my son was born I came to the realization that I needed to make a more conscious effort to advance my career, simply showing up and even doing good work while on the clock wasn’t going to be enough anymore.

It took me a while to really get a hold on how my life had been changed by becoming a father. I knew I wanted to do big things but I didn’t know how.

Because of my new focus I started making plans to improve my finances and career prospects. My motivation was to become the provider my family deserves, to give my day-to-day real meaning, and to find a way I could better the lives of other people.

It started by educating myself. Even after having graduated from college I didn’t feel like I was equipped with the tools needed to accomplish my goals. I started reading everything I could get my hands on and obsessively researching new ways to better my financial situation and career potential.

Ultimately, it was the principles of discovery through reading, reflection through journaling, and learning through experimentation with different methods of frugal living that I was able to pay off over $20,000 of student and medical debt in under 12 months.

These same principles are what I’ve found to move the needle in my professional life as well.

In the later portion of 2015 I began to conceptualize www.StartInPhx.com  as a way to share what I’ve learned about how someone creates success and fulfillment in their career. The blog finally went live in January of 2016.

The mission of www.StartInPhx.com is to provide meaningful resources to those eager to grow professionally and achieve true career fulfillment. This blog pulls from my own research and the personal experience I’ve used to advance my career as well as create improvements in other aspects of my life.

At www.StartInPhx.com we believe in reading, writing, doing, and life-long learning. More importantly, we believe that reading, writing, and doing are the simplest mechanisms through which life-long learning is possible.

My dream is for more people to have access to resources they can leverage to advance their careers and achieve fulfillment in the work they do. More importantly, I want people to have all of this without having to spend a lot of money or be obligated to return to school.

– Brendan Alan Barrett, Founder

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