It took 325 days (from 15 April 2006 to 05 March 2007) for Get Rich Slowly to receive its first million visitors. It took 326 days (from 06 March 2007 until today) for the next four million to arrive. The five-millionth visitor just passed through the doors. These numbers amaze me.

I’d like to think that the growth of this site is due solely to my own effort, but I know that’s not the case. I may provide the inspiration, but it is you, the readers, who have made this site what it is today. Your comments, suggestions, and contributions are outstanding. Money magazine has named Get Rich Slowly one if the 28 best money web sites, which I believe is a testament to the active community, both on the blog and in the discussion forums.

I recently found a quote from scientist Marie Curie that encapsulates my philosophy at this site:

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. — Marie Curie (1867-1934)

This quote conveys exactly what I’m trying to do at Get Rich Slowly. Not so long ago, my life seemed to hold no real purpose. I moved from day to day without a clear objective. Now I have a vocation: to help myself and others learn more about money. Together, you and I are meeting that objective.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that I am pursuing my plans to quit the day job in order to write full time. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve spent every Tuesday at home blogging. This has gone extremely well — it’s amazing how much I can get done without interruptions! — and I plan to continue the transition.

In fact, we’ve hired my replacement at the box factory, and he’s scheduled to start work next week. I’ll be teaching him the ins and outs of corrugated packaging for the next month or so, which may mean that I’ll be scarce around here. Be patient. I’m not abandoning you, but preparing for the next stage in the Get Rich Slowly story.

As always, if there’s anything you’d like me to write about, please drop a line (or leave a comment). Even though I don’t always respond, I do collect your story suggestions for future inspiration.

Thanks, and have a great weekend!

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