If you have been dreaming of Financial Freedom in a high cost of living area, you have come to the right place. This website is dedicated to helping you think differently about your financial challenges and how to live your best life.
We will talk about a myriad of topics related to increasing income while thriving in a high cost of living location, investment options outside of stocks, bonds, and real estate, life optimization strategies, protection against disaster, travel, and anything related to intelligent financial planning. The goal is to live an abundant and purposeful life, not constrained by economic challenges.
I came from a third-world country to the US with only $1,000, not knowing anyone, guided only by an immigrant dream. It was challenging to survive and thrive in one of the most expensive parts of the world. Accumulated a net worth of $2.3M in 12 years to be financially independent; while enjoying each day.
Authority Magazine: John of Financial Freedom Countdown: I Am Living Proof Of The American Dream
RealSimple: A Singles Guide to Successful Retirement
ESI Money: Millionaire Interview 209
Physician on FIRE: Christopher Guest Post – Financial Freedom Countdown
Personal Finance Blogs: Know Your Blogger Series – Financial Freedom Countdown
Wealthy Nickel: Reselling Side Hustle: How John Sells $100K a Year
Financially Alert: Finding FI Interview #31 – How John Accelerated his Countdown to FI
GenY Finance Guy: Chasing FIRE Interview #9 – John from Financial Freedom Countdown
Grokking Money: Immigrant Finances #5 – Financial Freedom Countdown
I Like to Dabble: 12 Bloggers Share Their Different Income Streams & How to Build Them
Tim Thomas: What to do With 100k: The Experts’ View
My articles have also been featured
- All Star Money (A Motley Fool Service)
- Camp FIRE Finance
- Apex Money
- AskFinny: Investing In Gold
- Plutus Awards Showcase
Radical Personal Finance: Podcast 668-An Immigrant Success Story: Broke to Financially Independent in 12 Years
Millionaires Unveiled: Podcast 124: Net Worth of 2.3M – Immigrant Who Came to the U.S. with Only $1,000
Boat2Riches: $2M Net Worth after moving to the U.S. with $1K
Why I decided to start this blog
Even with high incomes, I noticed many of my coworkers and friends stressed out about work, finances, and emergencies. Earning money is one aspect, but effectively deploying capital, so it works for you, is the tricky part.
Starting this blog was inspired by a distinct memory in my working career. My VP, who is in her 70s, mentioned that her sister was not keeping well. I naturally assumed she would visit and asked about her travel plans. However, she did not want to take time off, given that we had a massive product launch coming up.
Two weeks later, when we were in a meeting, she received a phone call. Her sister had passed away:(
Although she was a VP, earning at least 3X more than me, and yet was a “wage slave,” hit me like a tidal wave.
The goal for all of us should be that you are no longer trading time for money.
As I share my own experiences, I hope we can learn from each of our failures and success. I firmly believe while each of our paths would be unique based on our financial situation, we all share the same goal of living our best lives along this journey.
Your financial goals could include taking any or all of the following financial steps – being debt-free, building up cash flow for living expenses, accumulating assets, estate planning, retirement planning.
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Learn from my mistakes. Use the lessons to accelerate your own Financial Freedom Countdown.