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The Three Paths to Financial Independence

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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Over the past 2 years of post-retirement, we’ve met dozens of people who had either reached Financial Independence themselves or were well on their way there. And something we noticed over time was that while many of them had similar views to money as we did, not everyone necessarily agreed with us on everything. And not everyone took the exact same path to get there. Some bought investment properties, some started businesses, some invested in individual stocks, which on the surface contradicts everything we talk about on Millennial Revolution. Some weren’t even millennials! *gasp* The horror. Yet these people still […]

Friday Reader Case: Reformed Debt-Junkie Wants to Retire with Kids

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FIRECracker is Canada's youngest retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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It’s Friday again and you know what that means! Time for another Friday Reader Case. Dun. Dun. Dun. *cue ominous music”. No wait, scratch that. *Cue rainbows and unicorns* because if you read this reader case, you’ll see exactly what I picked it. This person is so adorable, it’s hard to yell at them. I will if I need to, but it’s hard is what I’m saying.   “HELLLLOoOOOoOOoOooOoOOoo!!! (Mrs. Doubtfire-style) Kicking things off: you and Wanderer are my unwitting spirit animals. We’re a Canadian/Irish couple living in Toronto—I’m a graphic designer, he’s just started as a web developer. Tragically, […]

Don’t Let Comparisons Derail Your FIRE Journey

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FIRECracker is Canada's youngest retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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  “Comparison Is the Thief of Joy” – Roosevelt Clearly, Roosevelt did not grow up with Asian parents. If he had he would know comparison IS joy. A day without comparison in my Asian household is a day without sunshine. In our household, NOT being compared to a cousin, a friend, a classmate was like not eating, thinking, or breathing. “Look at your cousin Yi Wei,” my Mom would say. “She’s the perfect daughter. She never talks back to her mom.” “You should be more like your aunt Xi. She has a really high nose bridge. Not flat like yours.” “Our friend’s […]

Scaling the Wall of Fear

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FIRECracker is Canada's youngest retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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  On the flight here to Dallas from Quito, we ran into heavy turbulence. And by that I mean, me white-knuckling the hand rest thinking “why oh why did I get on this plane?” while staring out the window, willing the plane to stay up type of turbulence. Even though the experience was harrowing and extremely NOT fun, the second I walked off that aluminium tub, I promptly forgot about the whole thing. And then once FinCon started, I barely remembered how scared I was. Even though at the time, the terror of being shaken like a rag doll while […]

Reader Case: Should I Take a Handout From My Parents?

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FIRECracker is Canada's youngest retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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Hello from the Galapagos! Where, apparently, I found it’s possible to get recognized by a reader in an island in the middle of nowhere, while waiting for boat, at 6 AM in the morning?! Mind blown. Now, before we fly off to Quito to speak at Chautauqua Ecuador, I’m going to get this one last reader case out, before I get too distracted from all the epic-ness that is Chautauqua. Are you ready? Here goes: “Hi Firecracker, Thanks for taking the time to read my case study. What I really want to ask doesn’t have much to do with my […]

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