I’m a lawyer but, really, I consider myself a professional storyteller.
In 2007, I moved to Ottawa and started pursuing a degree in political science. I wanted to work in politics and make a difference. Although, I enjoyed the program and the city, I struggled to find a tribe that I could connect with and left in less than a year.

In 2008, I transferred to McGill University in Montreal to reunite with two of my closest friends. I realized Montreal had the exact culture and lifestyle that was right for me. I also joined the McGill Daily, Canada’s old student-run newspaper, as a contributing news writer.

In 2011, I graduated and started working with a non-profit organization that helps schools with high drop-out rates reduce their absenteeism. I relocated to a remote Indigenous community, 11 hours north of Montreal, and worked in the town’s sole secondary school for six months. It was an experience of a lifetime. While I lived there, I applied for law school.

In 2012, I attended law school in Windsor, Ontario, a border town that lies on the other side of the river from Detroit, MI. It was my first choice due to its branding as a law school focused on social justice.

In 2015, I graduated law school and moved back home to Toronto. I articled and was hired back as a lawyer at a provincial government agency.

In 2016, I left the government agency because, although the money was great, I wasn’t fulfilled. Deep down, my heart was always in progressive advocacy and I wanted to use my skills and experience in support of that. I couldn’t do that directly working for the government. I hit the jackpot when I saw an opening at a legal aid clinic that helps low-income workers who have been wrongfully fired for raising their workplace rights. Although I initially took a pay cut, it was one of the best professional decisions I’ve ever made. I still work there today!

In 2017, I started this blog to detail my (un)common journey of paying down the $50,000+ of debt I accumulated from law school (and to share some things I learned along the way).

However, I quickly realized that proselytizing about good money management is meaningless without first defining our values, habits and mindset.

I also came to the conclusion that there’s a lot more to life than being good with your money. It’s about purposeful work and play.

In 2018, I started a small, seasonal podcast, Career in Progress, about people who earn a living by making the world a better place.

Now, my writing has expanded to explore the interlocking issues of career satisfaction, decision-making, self-actualization and more. You can also find me on Quora and Medium. My writing is also on The Financial Diet and Thought Catalog.

If you’re looking to get in touch with me, click here.

— Ben

All views expressed on this site are my own and do not (obviously) reflect the opinions of my employer.

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I am also not a professional finance advisor, so please consult one for any financial advice. My opinions are molded by personal experiences (and probably some cognitive biases).

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