Wealth Creation Online: Untemplater Interview

Posted on 17. Dec, 2011 by in Creating Wealth

untemplater interview

My guest this week runs a blog that comes with a pretty big reputation.  Sydney is the principal writer for Untemplater, a blog that was started by 6 well known bloggers that have gone on to do big things in their own right.  Sydney has done a fantastic job of carrying on the spirit of the blog, so make sure you get over there and enjoy all the great content on offer.

Why do you blog and how long have you been doing it?

I started blogging in early 2011 when I took over Untemplater.com.   I’ve always been into computers and writing, so blogging came naturally to me.  Untemplater is such a rewarding experience for me and I love helping people, sharing my own experiences, and hearing the stories and thoughts of my readers and contributors.

Do you believe in budgets?

Definitely.  Too many people are financially irresponsible and spend carelessly beyond their means.  My parents were always bad with money so I knew early on I’d have to work hard and do well in school to be able to stand on my own financially.  I update my budget twice a year as well as my savings goals.

Who is your hero?

I can’t name one person because I have many heroes that inspire me: my family, professors, mentors, entrepreneurs, fellow bloggers, and all of those who put their lives on the line to protect our amazing country.

What are some of your favorite wealth resources?

I’m a big fan of the Yakezie Network Member blogs, and Sam of Financial Samurai who founded Yakezie.

What is the worst financial mistake you have ever made?

Fortunately nothing substantial.  I’m not a big spender as I’ve grown fond of a simplistic lifestyle.  I sometimes think I’m even a bit obsessed with minimalism.

What is the best lifestyle decision you have ever made?

Maximizing my free time over the last year has really changed my life for the better.  I’m busier than I’ve ever been and I’m loving it!

What is the best piece of advice ever given to you?

My parents often said to me growing up “Study hard and do your best.”  They weren’t always able to help me with my homework, but they taught me how to be disciplined and work hard.  I strongly believe that my successes over the years wouldn’t have been possible if they hadn’t encouraged me to apply myself when I was young and taught me the importance of being responsible.

Something that people that currently read your blog may not know about you?

I’m a bad cook lol.  I can make simple recipes, but I’d much rather go out to eat and not have to make grocery lists and clean up the kitchen.  Even though I don’t make many homemade meals, I choose healthy dishes when I order and eat lots of veggies.

An article written by someone else that you think everyone should read?

I was just thinking about Steve Jobs earlier today and his commencement speech, Find What You Love.”  There are so many priceless quotes in his speech and it brings me inspiration every time I read it, even more so now that he’s passed.

An article written by you that you would like everyone to read?

I had a great time writing Untemplate Your Mind which covers many of my beliefs and the reason I love writing and encouraging people to shatter the template lifestyle.

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15 Responses to “Wealth Creation Online: Untemplater Interview”

  1. Untemplater

    18. Dec, 2011

    Thanks for the interview Money Cactus! Running a blog definitely has its challenges some days, but the rewards make up for it all! And thanks for the sweet intro, I’m flattered! -Sydney

  2. krantcents

    18. Dec, 2011

    Very interesting interview. I love the insight into other people.

  3. Interesting view-point, particularly someone who actually valued his parents’ advice!

    • Untemplater

      19. Dec, 2011

      I was lucky my parents were patient and always encouraged me to try new things and not to give up. They struggled in school and didn’t want me to go through the same thing. -Sydney

  4. Doctor Stock

    18. Dec, 2011

    Interesting… especially the use of free time. I love the idea of maximizing free time and finding great enjoyment from that use of time!

    • Untemplater

      19. Dec, 2011

      Our free time is so precious so we gotta spend it doing something fun! -Sydney

  5. Lisa @ Cents To Save

    18. Dec, 2011

    Love these interviews! Thanks for doing them.

    • Untemplater

      19. Dec, 2011

      Thanks Lisa!

    • Shaun

      19. Dec, 2011

      Thanks Lisa, glad you like them. I’ve really enjoyed this series and my guests have been fantastic!

      Thanks to everyone else for your comments as well.

  6. I too have been inspired by Steve Jobs. He was an amazing man!

    Thanks so much for sharing more about yourself. Great to get to know you a bit more.

  7. YFS

    20. Dec, 2011

    Another great interview. Can’t wait for the next one.

  8. 101 Centavos

    22. Dec, 2011

    Please to “meet” you, Sydney.

  9. Joe @ Retire By 40

    23. May, 2012

    I like that Steve Jobs’ speech too. Keep cooking and you will get better at it, trust me. 🙂
    good interview.