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How would your life change if you reached Financial Independence and got to the point where working is optional? What actions can you take today to make that not just possible but probable. Jonathan & Brad explore the tactics that the FI community uses to reclaim decades of their lives. They discuss reducing expenses, crushing debt, tax optimization, building passive income streams through online businesses and real estate and how to travel the world for free. Every episode is packed with actionable tips and no topic is too big or small as long as it speeds up the process of reaching financial independence.

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How would your life change if you reached Financial Independence and got to the point where working is optional? What actions can you take today to make that not just possible but probable. Jonathan & Brad explore the tactics that the FI community uses to reclaim decades of their lives. They discuss reducing expenses, crushing debt, tax optimization, building passive income streams through online businesses and real estate and how to travel the world for free. Every episode is packed with actionable tips and no topic is too big or small as long as it speeds up the process of reaching financial independence.

    421 | Secure Act 2.0 Deep Dive | Sean Mullaney

    421 | Secure Act 2.0 Deep Dive | Sean Mullaney

    In this episode: taxes, the secure act 2.0, the best news, roths, 529's, catch-up contributions, and the new options you have.
    On December 29th 2022, Joe Biden signed into law the Secure 2.0 Act. As this law may have ramifications on your retirement tax planning, to stay ahead of the curve we decided to have The FI Tax Guy Sean Mullaney back on the show to discuss what this law is and ways one may be able to approach and utilize it going forward with there retirement planning. While laws and regulations may change, staying prepared and aware can keep us worry free as we prepare for the tail end of our FI journey!
    The discussion is intended to be for general educational purposes and is not tax, legal, or investment advice for any individual.
    Sean Mullaney:

    Website: fitaxguy.com Book: "Solo 401k: The Solopreneur’s Retirement Account" Twitter: @SeanMoneyandTax
    Timestamps:

    1:25 - Introduction 2:55 - The Most Important Change and The Best News 14:19 - More Roth Options 27:05 - The Backdoor Roths And Catch-Up Contributions 31:46 - New Options For 529's 42:27 - Conclusion
    Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

    Secure 2.0 and The FI Community Subscribe to The FI Weekly!
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    • 43 min
    420 | Mindful FIRE | Adam Coelho

    420 | Mindful FIRE | Adam Coelho

    In this episode: mindfulness, removing judgement, thoughts creating reality, envisioning, awareness, and the hot seat.
    Oftentimes on our show we like to remind listeners that achieving FI isn’t an end all be all to one’s problems, and that reaching financial independence doesn’t automatically equate to happiness. An important part of the journey is the work you do inward along the way, and this week we are tackling what that can look like. This week we are joined by coach and host of Mindful Fire podcast, Adam Coelho, to discuss the important link between mindfulness and FI, and the power our brains have to envision the life we want, and put dreams into action. Taking the time to be aware of how you’re thinking and feeling can be an effective tool. It will not only keep you centered, but allow for you to be open to experiences you might not have thought were achievable. So whether you are familiar with mindfulness practices or are curious where to begin, allow this episode to serve as a resource to begin or strengthen your practice! 
    Adam Coelho:

    Podcast: mindfulfire.org MindfulFIRE.org/choosefi : Adam's Free Guide with takeaways, a short guided meditation and Adam's envisioning guide Timestamps:

    1:56 - Introduction 4:33 -The Definition Of Mindfulness/Removing Judgement 12:08 - Your Thoughts Create Your Reality 19:08 - Gateways To Meditation/Awareness 27:56 - The Science Of Mindfulness 35:50 - Envisioning 40:25 - It's Not Out There, It's In Here 49:27 - Mindfulness And FI 52:44 - Adam's Google Story 58:21 - Adam Takes The Hot Seat 76:06 - Conclusion
    Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode:

    Headspace Yoga Nidra Atomic Habits | James Clear | ChooseFI Ep. 157 "Atomic Habits" by James Clear Calm Insight Timer Playing With FIRE Documentary "Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body" by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson "Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day" by Amishi P Jha Mark Divine All The Hacks "Die with Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life" by Bill Perkins Alchemized Life| Jordan Harbinger: How to Build a Podcast | Episode 19 "The Predicting Brain" by Regina Pally The Tail End Subscribe to The FI Weekly!
    More Helpful Links and Resources:

    Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance

    • 1 hr 17 min
    419 | Your Bold Move for 2023 | Dominick Quartuccio

    419 | Your Bold Move for 2023 | Dominick Quartuccio

    In this episode: bold moves, building bold moves, dreams, themes, uncomfortable awareness, and finding energy.
    For most people, a new year can signify new goals that we hope to accomplish. Regardless of where you are on the FI journey, the new year ushers in a time for change and welcomes the opportunity to learn and grow! In this episode we are re-joined by Dominick Quartuccio to discuss navigating new beginnings and designing your “Bold Move” as we enter the new year. Instead of having a new year’s resolution which may remind you of what you didn’t accomplish the year before, try making a bold move that can act as a quantifiable metric for designing the life you want to live! The journey to FI is filled with ebbs and flows, and with that comes lessons that allow you to grow and learn as you find your way towards the life you want to live!
    Dominick Quartuccio:

    Website: thegreatmanwithin.com Course: The Bold Move Masterclass: Use Code CHOOSEFI For 50% Off Podcast: The Great Man Within Book: "Design Your Future: 3 Simple Steps to Stop Drifting and Start Living"
    Timestamps:

    1:21 - Introduction 7:20 - Quiet Desperation And Community 14:32 - The Bold Move 22:28 - Building A Bold Move 30:32 - Increasing Your Luck Surface Area And What Gives You Energy 33:50 - Finding Your Theme And Dream 39:28 - Uncomfortable Awareness And The Turbulence Of Life 47:19 - What You Want Will Reveal Itself, Eventually 56:27 - Using Bold Moves To Identify Dreams 59:04 - Conclusion
    Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode:

    Find Your Local ChooseFI Group "The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich" by Tim Ferriss "Outwitting the Devil: The Secrets to Freedom and Success" by Napoleon Hill "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life" by Mark Manson "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl "Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time" by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz John Olsen YouTube Subscribe to The FI Weekly!
    More Helpful Links and Resources:

    Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance

    • 1 hr 2 min
    418 | Investing Lessons Learned in 2022 | Brian Feroldi

    418 | Investing Lessons Learned in 2022 | Brian Feroldi

    In this episode: the federal reserve, interest rates, buying the hype, the problems with effortless earning, and narrative follows price.
    It’s suffice to say this past year has been one of distinct changes from a financial perspective, with investment techniques and former practices no longer working the same as they did two years ago. However, there is much to be learned and a lot to be gained as we move forward into 2023. This week we are re-joined by a friend of the show Brian Feroldi to discuss his observations on the market changes, and lessons he learned over the course of 2022. Settle into the new year and tune in as we share our thoughts on the macro impact of the federal reserve, psychology of investing, inflation and interest as it relates to different kinds of assets, and so much more!
    Brian Feroldi:

    Website: brianferoldi.com Twitter: @brianferoldi Course: Financial Statements Explained Simply Book: "Why Does The Stock Market Go Up?: Everything You Should Have Been Taught About Investing In School, But Weren’t" By Brian Feroldi
    Timestamps:

    1:46 - Introduction 6:51 - The Federal Reserve/Interest Rates 15:03 - Inflation Is Still Here 17:21 - Beware Of Effortless Money 24:14 - The State Of Crypto/Buying The Hype 33:48 - Is Cash Still Trash? 36:13 - Bonds Are Worth Consideration 39:25 - Growth Stock Troubles 46:31 - Narrative Follows Price 52:56 - Your Risk Level Is Revealed 56:09 - Conclusion
    Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

    The Motley Fool The Simple Path to Wealth | JL Collins | ChooseFI Ep 411 Early Retirement Now The Role Of Bonds In A Portfolio | ChooseFI Ep 194 Subscribe to The FI Weekly!
    More Helpful Links And Resources:

    Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance

    • 58 min
    417 | Year End Wins 2022

    417 | Year End Wins 2022

    Happy Holidays! As the year's end approaches, it's only natural to look back and think of all that you’ve accomplished. Whether you just began your FI journey this year or are well on your way, recognizing the improvements you’ve made throughout the year is essential and worth celebrating! This episode is our 6th annual year-end wins episode, and we are re-joined by MK Williams to listen and read submissions from our listeners and celebrate the progress of our audience through different stages of their FI journeys! This episode is meant to not only inspire but remind us how personal this journey is, and remind you to take some time and reflect on the progress you have made this year. Celebrate the wins of your own, no matter how big or small!
    Timestamps:
    1:27 - Introductions 3:43 - Adrianna's Wins 6:00 - David's Wins And The Post-It Note 9:48 - Will and Abby's Wins And Retirement Accounts 13:45 - Melissa Devon, and Brittany's Wins, Traveling And Saving 16:40 - Dominic and Leila's Wins, Stacking Accounts And Side Hustles 20:35 - Erica's Wins And Leveling Up In Life 24:11 - Justin's Wins And Financial Wellbeing 27:41 - Kristen's Wins And Paying Off The Mortgage 30:38 - Tommy's Wins And Changing Careers 33:24 - Wes And Sarah's Wins, Erasing Debt And Job Upgrades 35:50 - Lindsey's Wins, Travel Rewards And 2-Player Mode 38:18 - Tom and Danielle's Wins, Taking Action And Paying Off Student Loans 40:00 - Kelly's Wins, Budgetting And Communities 42:41 - Yvette's Wins And Making FI Do-Able 44:42 - Dennis' Wins And From Student Loan's To Disney World 47:00 - Valerie's Wins And Dumbfounding The Experts 48:56 - Dilyara's Wins And Crushing Early Stage FI 51:19 - Lauren's Wins And Doing The Legwork 56:28 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode:
    "Quit Like a Millionaire: No Gimmicks, Luck, or Trust Fund Required" by Bryce Leung and Kristy Shen From Pandemic Layoff to $100k+ | A Salesforce Success Story | ChooseFI Ep 297 Step-By-Step Guide to a (Nearly) Free Disney Vacation (2022) Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources:

    Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance

    • 57 min
    416 | Learning to Leave | Diania Merriam

    416 | Learning to Leave | Diania Merriam

    In this episode: using your resources to create change, your employer is your customer, identifying discrimination, and abundance mindsets.
    For some on the journey to FI, it may seem like you must at all cost continuously strive to meet your monetary goal as quickly as possible. However, staying in toxic and unfulfilling work environments to hold the course with your goal is not what this journey is about. This week we are re-joined by Diania Merriam to have an intimate conversation about leaving a toxic work environment, navigating internalized beliefs, and the power and control gained while on the journey to FI. The greatest part of this journey is not only the earning and having more financial resources, but rather learning that your money is a tool you can use to reclaim your time! Remember, striving for FI is never about deprivation or devaluing yourself, nor does it mean tolerating poor treatment in order to stay on track!  
    Diania Merriam:

    Website: EconoME Conference (Promo Code "CHOOSEFI") Podcast: Optimal Finance Daily Timestamps:

    2:00 - Introduction 4:25 - The Resignation 15:46 - Identifying Discrimination 25:07 - Culture Shifts And Subtleties 30:10 - Using Your Resources To Create Change 33:12 - Allowing Your Money To Protect You And Coast FI 40:28 - Operating From An Abundance Mindset 48:57 - Your Employer Is Your Customer 54:20 - Shifting From Saving To Covering Expenses 62:30 - EconoME Conference 66:56 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode:

    What I've Learned From One Year Of "Fun-Employment" - Diania Merriam The Reality Of Leaving A Toxic Work Enviornment - Diania Merrian Accountability | Diania Merriam | ChooseFI Ep 150 Myths and Misconceptions | Diania Merriam | ChooseFI Ep 306 Subscribe to The FI Weekly!
    More Helpful Links and Resources:

    Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance

    • 1 hr 8 min

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A masters degree in building wealth

A few years ago I stumbled upon this podcast and have not once regretted listening to each and every episode. I feel like I have gotten a “free masters degree” in financial education and building personal wealth. Building for security before and during retirement. Sadly, none of this was ever taught in NYS public schools. Maybe I was taught to balance a checkbook at one point. I can’t even remember that they taught me how to figure out interest on a credit card or a loan, but the choose fi podcast has educated & opened my mind in a way that I cannot even describe. It has just been so richly rewarding as a free advanced education. While I have listened to each podcast episode since the very beginning, several including the JL Collins Guest episodes have become a twice a year re-listen for the past several years - just to re-absorb 1 more tidbit of information. I cannot recommend this enough whether you are financially literate or in need of some guidance down that road. The only thing it will cost is your time, the information discussed weekly is enjoyable and priceless.
Mike Testani - Rochester, NY

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Marketing and meandering

Many ads. Very drawn out. Hard to listen to twenty minutes about Smoothies and guacamole and New Years resolutions (or lack thereof) and friends of the hosts I’ve never heard of when I want to learn about financial Independence.

Haha tried this again based on an algorithm recommendation and it’s still insufferable!

Many ads still, and for expensive luxuries! Why would you trust advice from a super wealthy longtime google employee about how to gain independence from employment?

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Love the new show, thank you Brad!

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