LateFIRE – The Beginning

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This post marks the start of a new series and a new voice to the GYFG community. We all come from different walks of life and each journey is unique. What brings us together is the common goal of financial independence, whether that be LeanFIRE, FatFIRE, or FlexFIRE (I just made that last one up for those of us who want to work forever, but not because we have to). I realized a long time ago that not everyone can relate to my story for many reasons, a gap in age being a big one. Nonetheless, I constantly remind people that it’s not where you start in life but where you finish that counts. “The best time to plant a tree …

Physician On Fire

[Guest Post] Interview with Physician on Fire

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Today we have a fascinating guest taking over the blog to tell us a bit about his freedom fighting journey. He’s the first doctor we have showecased on the blog, and has already become financially independent (with a net worth around $3M), and work has therefore become optional. He hasn’t pulled the plug on the day job just yet, but he is moving to a reduced work schedule. You could say that he is suffering from a chronic case of “one more year” syndrome. Without further ado, I introduce to you, Physician on Fire… 1) Who are you and what do you do? What is your story? How are you fighting for your Freedom? Where did you start, where in the journey are …

2016 Q2 Portfolio Update

[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #28 – Nick True

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Today we have Nick True, a Mechanical Engineer, and a self proclaimed tightwad. He got married young, at 20 years old, and then proceeded to ruin his honeymoon. But he and his wife got through this, and learned core beliefs and principals that now guide their financial life. I hope you enjoy the interview below. Nick, the floor is yours… Let’s Get This Out Of The Way First I’ve found it’s best to just start off standing on stage, in nothing but my underwear. It lets you get to know the real me, and forces me to come out from behind the bushes. In other words, I want to start off with my biggest financial mistake. So here goes nothin… I …

Biglaw Investor

[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #27 – Joshua @ Biglaw Investor

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My name is Joshua and I write about investing and financial topics over at The Biglaw Investor. Before I go any further, I’ve looked through all of Gen Y’s previous Financial Freedom interviews to find one with the most comments (current record holder is White Collar Freedom). I want this to be Gen Y’s most commented on interview to date. Competitive? Maybe. In order to get a lot of comments from you, I’ve got an ASK and a PRIZE: THE ASK: This interview series is all about FIGHTING for your financial freedom. Freedom will not be handed to you. So, in the comments, tell us ONE concrete thing you will do after reading this post to get you closer to …

Finding your Zen

[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #26 – Investment Zen

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Today we have Nate, the co-founder of Invesement Zen, here to share his story and how he got to where he is today. Not to give away too much, but he is a real estate mogul…of digital properties. Yes, people can actually make a living buying and selling websites. It’s easier than it sounds, I’m sure! Take it away Nate… 1. Who are you and what do you do? What is your story? How are you fighting for your Freedom? Where did you start, where in the journey are you, and where do you ultimately want to end up? Before I answer, I gotta say I love that you describe personal finance as fighting for freedom! Andrew Warner from Mixergy, …

The Frugal Vagabond

[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #25 – The Frugal Vagabond

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Today, the blog is taken over by the Frugal Vagabond. He and his fiancé have already traveled to 30 different countries together and have no plan to stop traveling anytime soon. Actually, they are on track to hit early retirement in 2019, where they plan to become full time Vagabonds. Their goal is to accumulate $600,000 in stocks and bonds and enough rental real estate to produce $3,000/month in rental income. By their math this would give them the $5,000/month they believe they need to support their early retirement Vagabond lifestyle. Who are you and what do you do? What is your story? How are you fighting for your Freedom? Where did you start, where in the journey are you, and …

Alaska

[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #23 – Maggie Banks

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Today’s guest, Maggie Banks, hails all the way from Alaska. She and her husband have set a goal to reach financial independence in 2022. They have grand plans to raise a worldly family. For them a paid off mortgage and about $500,000 is all they need to live a comfortable life. And can you believe they eat Salmon weekly, that they caught themselves. I once got asked to leave a Costco for bringing a fishing rod over to the seafood section and pretending to fish…they are legit. With that introduction I pass the stage to Maggie Banks… 1 – Who are you and what do you do? What is your story? How are you fighting for your Freedom? Where did …

Tawcan No TV

[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #22 – Tawcan

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Today we have Tawcan as our guest for Freedom Fighter Interview #22. He is also our second Canadian to be featured on the blog. Can you believe he doesn’t own a TV and has been TV free for 5 years now? He is a photographer and avid dividend investor and is working to reach Financial Independence sometime in his 40’s. Take it away Tawcan… Who are you and what do you do? What is your story? How are you fighting for your Freedom? Where did you start, where in the journey are you, and where do you ultimately want to end up? My name is Tawcan. I live in Vancouver BC Canada with a beautiful and supportive wife that I refer …

Freedom Fighter #21

[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #21 – Ground ZERO, with Zachary

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Today we have a special post from Zachary, who is still in college, but is already planning his path to financial independence. Zac had reached out to me after reading the blog for a few days looking for advice and direction on his path to financial independence.  Not really being in the business of advice, I shared with Zac some of my favorite websites I turn to for ideas. I also outlined a very generic path to get his juices churning. After several emails we agreed that it would be cool to start a new series that would cover Zac’s plan and progress to financial independence. What is really awesome about Zac, is that he is already thinking about this …

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

[Guest Post] Freedom Fighter Interview #20 – Will @ Lifetime and Money

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Today we have our 20th Freedom Fighter interview in this series. Our guest today recently started his own personal finance blog about the trade offs between living life and earning money. At 33 years old Will recently paid off all his student loans and is using his blog as a turning point in his financial life. He calls San Francisco home and although he pays a premium to live in such an expensive city, he has a high six figure salary to support it. I will let Will take it from here in his interview below: Who are you and what do you do? What is your story? How are you fighting for your Freedom? Where did you start, where in …