My story is uninteresting and uninspiring, but I'll share it anyway. I grew up in a small town in Wyoming, the son of a successful cattle feeder. I subsequently went to college in Portland, OR where I, most significantly, met my wife -- who I proceeded to pester for a dozen years until she agreed to marry me. After college, I attended law school in Dallas, TX; clerked for a federal judge after graduation; and then went back to school to avoid starting a career. Halfway through an LLM in taxation, however, I quit after nearly dying from boredom. I then used the proceeds from a fortuitous investment in a fast growing private bank to move to Washington, DC and work in a bookstore -- I love to read. While I had no intention of doing so, as I was only there for a discount on books, I went from shelving books to store manager in two years. Not long after, I began writing for The Motley Fool, which is where I am today and hope to remain for some time to come.