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About David K. Tian
I hold a BA in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, an MA in Asian Studies from Georgetown University, and a second MA in political science from Johns Hopkins University. At Johns Hopkins, I was enrolled in a doctoral program before leaving it to pursue a job offer in South Korea, where I currently reside. In the future, I dream of obtaining permanent residency in South Korea and eventually intend to open my own business.
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Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated.
By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun was in danger of the same. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survive a North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
Boy, was I wrong.
After spending countless hours cramming for the SAT and loading up on extra AP and IB classes, I was admitted to the University of Chicago and entered as a first-year student in fall 2010. While I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have attended such a renowned university, looking back, there are many important lessons that I didn’t learn while there.
In this book, I have assembled a collection of essays that are related to education and learning in some way, although not always formal education and the essays are in no particular order. If you read every essay in this book, then I am confident you will learn at least one new bit of knowledge or wisdom that you can’t learn in a college classroom. I hope it will be an enjoyable and illuminating read for you.
At age 28, I achieved what I never thought I'd be able to do at a young age:
I built a six-figure net worth and purchased two rental properties.
This book is my way of sharing with you not only what I did right, but also what I got wrong, so that you don't make the same mistakes I did.
You will learn about:
- Using arbitrage to make money on goods you didn't even create
- Using information asymmetry to your advantage (sometimes, the less the other person knows, the better)
- Having credit card companies pay you to use their products
- Why the stock market is still the best vehicle to build and maintain long-term wealth
- Turning money-siphoning liabilities into revenue-generating assets
- As well as much more!
There are many people who struck it rich in their late 20s and early 30s, and I am by no means the most remarkable of them all. However, I was able to achieve all this despite heavy student loans from expensive universities such as the University of Chicago and Georgetown University dragging me down, all while living on a teacher's salary.
I make no promises that this book will help you to achieve mega millions, but what I do promise is that by the end of the book, you will have at least one idea on how to increase your net worth in a creative way. Whether you are making six figures a year at a prestigious consulting firm, or working as an underpaid, minimum-wage worker, this book is for you!