David Hawkins is a Highland Square native and interior designer who recently found his greater calling in writing.
“I lived in Akron my entire life, born and raised here. I’ve done design projects in 17 states, so I’ve seen quite a bit of the US and there isn’t a better place than Northeast Ohio,” David says. His own neighborhood is filled with a “creative and collaborative energy” that encourages the artist in the everyday Akronite.
Owner of David L. Hawkins Design, David’s creativity can be seen in architectural projects across the country. Yet when he looked back on his career contributions, he was called to a deeper purpose for serving his community.
It was the year David and his wife, Wendy, went on a vacation in Mexico that he found the time to reflect fully. His inspiration came from the book “Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong” by John MacArthur, which triggered him to focus on taking action toward that legacy.
“I had to do something that would outlast my time on Earth,” David says. “The investing model that I had come up with with my father had continued to take off for me personally, so I considered writing about that.”
Having never written a book before, he hesitated before fully accepting his mission.
When they returned home, Wendy encouraged David to dig into writing the book about investing. She saw value in the method that David and his father crafted and thought the strategy was sound. With that affirmation, he set out to write a book.
The book he wrote is titled Ask The Mailman: A Simple Plan of High-Yield Stock Investing for Uncommon Wealth.
You might ask: Why is a book on stock market investing called Ask the Mailman?
“My dad was a mail carrier, and he would bring the day-old [Wall Street] Journal to look for financial tips. I would always run my investment questions by him and it is a tribute to his spirit in investing.” The day-old paper came from a customer on his delivery route, because he couldn’t afford the current day’s paper.
The history of his dad’s determination to generate wealth for his family had a profound impact on David. In turn, he produced a digestible book that shares a simple way to earn a return on money invested in the stock market. His mission was to help others beat the initial fears that are associated with saving for investing.
Stock market investing can be “very intimidating,” David says. “The conversation and news is lofty and esoteric. [Investors] can be intimidated by the knowledge that they can’t do this on their own.” His book focuses on helping investors have confidence in using their own knowledge and forethought. He hopes that with the steps he’s introduced, anyone could see and control their return on investment.
“We are not a saving society. Americans are not savers at all,” David says.” The reader will “realize what it takes to save and earn on the dollar and move beyond the instant gratification society.” With only 14% of Americans invested in direct stocks, according to Pew Research, David has taken on quite the mountain of mistrust and misunderstandings associated with Wall Street.
As a skeptical person, I personally guarded myself against the topic of this book. On the surface, it sounded like a get-rich-quick strategy. What I found from the book was a digestible dialogue that resonated with simplicity and integrity.
David describes this book as a plan for investing that doesn’t take a super savvy person to execute. It is a way to help people identify high-yield stocks that provide dividends. The dividends are then reinvested, potentially increasing the value of the return. His goal is to empower others to take advantage of all that can happen in investing from a starting point of $500.
Next for David? He hopes to dismantle the student loan debt crisis.
“My next book is going to be The Mailman Delivers,” David says. The book is due to come out by 2022.
If you want to find out more you can pick up a copy of Ask the Mailman at Wendy’s shop, The Northside Cellar, on North Main Street.
Photos: Used with permission from David Hawkins.
Zinga Hart is an active Akronite that loves to celebrate good food, good music, and community action.
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