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And it’s not like you’re having to work an extra 20 hours on a side hustle to increase your income. It shouldn’t have been focusing on a certain number in the bank. Log In. Join over 100,000 others on the Mad Fientist email list and start tracking your progress in the FI Laboratory! Today we’re joined by a friend of the BiggerPockets podcast network, Brandon “The Mad Fientist”. As someone who is following an unorthodox financial path, I’ve always written my own rules with regards to money but this book made me realize I could expand that thinking into all areas of my life. Connect with the Mad FIentist, @madfientist. Be sure to check out the refurbished ones online ( to try to get a better deal. I’ve got a book coming out, you know, there’s so many opportunities, but at the same time, one of the things I’ve started to feel is oddly a kind of constriction of time in a different way than when I was working in a corporate world. And then yeah, once you start building up a net worth, just figuring out like how much money you do have, and what that power that money gives you is important, but for a lot of people they’re spending everything they earn so the spending side of the equation I think is where you need to look first. Along the way on his blog and podcast, he shared the spreadsheets, techniques, and insights that allowed him to achieve financial independence sooner in life. I actually used to be anti-Mac. Brandon: 43:05  That’s a great point. Grant: 28:18 One of the things that you’ve always helped me, and I know a lot of people use you as a source for this information, is just tax optimization generally., Lee Garrett – Author, Blogger, Project Manager, Taylor Pearson – Creator, Collector, Author, Aaron Wolfson – Writer, Reader, Coder, Thinker, Melinda Massie – Professional Organizer, Entrepreneur, and Writer, Ruwan Meepagala – Writer, Creativity Coach, Graham Hunt – Spanish Real-Estate Entrepreneur, Adam Kuban – former food blogger, Pizza Guy, Tim Prebble – Sound Designer and Composer, Brandon Epstein – Founder of Entrepreneur Fitness, Michael Raphael – Sound Effects Recordist, Joanna Castle Miller – Writer and Producer. But I think one of the things for me I’ve realized is that how do you even begin to plan for having enough money forever and for the forever. The Mad FIentist. The book is based on a true story about an ex-addict who escaped from prison in Australia and then fled to India. I’m currently pursuing a graduate degree while working full time so I haven’t had much time for pleasure reading in the past few years but last month I went on vacation and got to read a fabulous book called Shantaram. Yeah. So, so yeah, I think there’s obviously some things you, some choices you can make so that you don’t screw yourself over in the future, but I completely agree that focusing on just improving for today is, is a great way to go about it. L.A.'s Finest is an American comedy action crime television series created by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier; and produced by Sony Pictures Television.It is a spinoff of the Bad Boys franchise created by George Gallo.The series premiered on Spectrum on May 13, 2019. We went traveling for three months and during that year we realized like, hey, actually three months of traveling is way too much. Spotify. Get Access! But yeah, it wouldn’t take much reading to get you to a level where you actually feel confident in the decisions that you’re making or the recommendations that your accountant is giving you. Do you feel that in a way? So it was easy to just disappear into the woods really. You should try to keep track of everything you spend money on for a single month. So. Perfect multiple. So it was all those things. Join Brad Barrett and Community Manager, Jennifer Mah, for a virtual hangout with special guest, Brandon, aka The Mad Fientist!! Brandon: 11:50 When I’m on the road I can’t do anything because all I want to do is eat all the local food and drink all the local beers and see all the sights and stuff. Are you learning a lot about yourself and exploring and growing in a way that you wouldn’t have expected? At the end of the month, take a look at where your money went and ask yourself for every item on the list, “if giving this up meant I could quit my job tomorrow, would I give it up?” If you answer yes, seriously consider giving it up because it’s obviously not as important to you as your freedom is. I’m like, yes, I got the full day. And yeah, so that just revolutionized my path to financial independence and the direction of Mad Fientist because there’s just so many optimizations that were possible specifically for early retirees that I was able to find and it literally can take years off of your working career. Email Every decision, you know, studying hard in high school so I can get into a good college, I can get a good job and get a good salary and picking careers based on salaries and basing all my decisions on like is this going to cost less or is this going to make me more money? Absolutely. It’s like good stuff. So that’s when I started really doing a lot of research into tax optimization. But I think testing both the upper and lower bounds really helped me dial in like what actually is important. But you know, overall I think this is just an incredible time to be alive and to the opportunity to really just take control of your life and do what you want and potentially earn a living from it is just so high. Grant:  Hey everyone, I’m really excited today on the financial freedom podcast to have Brandon from Brandon, aka the Mad Fientist. One of the things I’ve realized for me is that happiness is no longer the goal in a way, and that I find that I’m growing more as I dive into some of those things that I’ve always felt uncomfortable with about myself and leaning into some of those things. I really appreciate you being being on the podcast. And the biggest thing for me is once I became FI, it was like 90 percent of my brain opened up, you know, and I didn’t realize just how stressed I was about money and fixated I was on money. It wasn’t good. I have this ability to do whatever I want for the rest of my life. Brandon: 13:56  Yeah. But really this whole thing should be about mastery as we’ve talked about. I don’t know where that comes from, but it always was a focus and I was like for once in my life I’m just going to let loose and spend like crazy if I want and just don’t worry about what I’m spending on and during that year, like I don’t, I don’t think we spent more than a $1,000 or $2,000 more than we normally spend and I think that’s because all like the big things were optimized so nicely that, you know, when I spend a few extra dollars going out to eat more, like buying a few more beers when I’m out with friends or something, like none of that really actually mattered. My wife Jill and I just got back from your 3-month trip around the world. I think a lot of people can probably feel that a little bit sooner than you know, when, when they reach FI. Like we felt like we just wanted to come and be settled and we get a lot of happiness from like doing our normal routine and making progress on stuff that we’re working on and. That’s been the main driver in my entire life. So I think it went too far the other way, but the first, the first time I realized the power of saving that money was when I did tell my bosses, hey I’m moving to Scotland, and it wasn’t like, hey, can I work remotely from Scotland? About See All. How much time do you think someone should commit when they’re just learning about this? Brandon: 16:35 And here I am in my thirties and I have the opportunity to do that. 2) Talk to other people who already retired early to find out how they did it . Brandon: 27:47  But I think the spending side of the equation is really where you would want to start because it’s like if you’re hemorrhaging money on things that don’t really improve your life, then that’s an easy first place to start trimming and trying to optimize. Brandon: 31:14 But for an early retiree it’s like, okay, you have this high period, this period of high income, low, hopefully decreasing spending as you’re optimizing and you’re getting more familiar with what you want to spend on and what you don’t need to spend on. So yeah, it’s, it’s still, it’s still a process for me. In this episode, Brandon -- also known as the Mad Fientist -- shares a decade-plus of accumulated tips for Brandon: 29:34 Like I still wanted to do something and when it comes to investing, not doing something is usually the best call. I was like, oh, this is just, this is going to take forever. And like yesterday it was quite stressful…I had a lot of stuff going on, but it was all good stuff and everything that I did was something that I chose to do and there really…there’s nothing better you can buy in the world that I can’t imagine anything else that’s better than that to buy. But when they came back and said, hey, do you want to work remotely? And I’ve been reunited with my podcasting microphone, so hopefully, I’m sounding better than I have over the last few episodes. Community See All. Or hey, can we figure something out? What is this feeling that I’m feeling like, what is this? So that’s why trying things out, renting instead of buying if you can, allows that and then it allows you to change and change what you want and what you’re paying for. Grant: 26:36  What would you recommend to that person who is listening to this, and you know, maybe they’re feeling stuck, but this has been a spark where they’re like, Huh, you know, I, I want to learn more about this and I, you know, what are those couple first steps based on your experience that you think will have the biggest impact for someone? And to be honest, like I look back on this and feel like a bit embarrassed by it. Brandon: 28:53 Sure. Brandon: 08:54 And I don’t have to say yes to all this other stuff that, you know, normal bloggers and normal website owners have to say yes to and in the, yeah, it’s still something that I struggle with because like money has been such a core driver of my entire life that now it’s hard to just like flip a switch and make money and not as important, but it should be, it shouldn’t be as important. I really struggled to sleep the first few months after leaving my job. So it’s, it’s awesome man. Brandon: 35:29 Absolutely, yeah. Grant: 05:39 Yeah. Wunderlist. Mad Fientist: Hey, what’s up, everybody. Email *. Like, no, if we let you work two days a week from home, then everybody’s gonna want to do it and all this sort of stuff. Welcome to the Financial Independence Podcast, the podcast all about financial independence and early retirement. So I know I’ve been chatting for a long time so I’ll, I’ll leave the story there. Why are so many people still stuck in that rut? That’s the thing too with FI, a lot of things it’s like, Oh, I’ve got to do all these things and people feel guilty if they don’t. My thought was once I hit FI, then I’ll be able to do all these cool entrepreneurial things that I’d have always had in mind and I’ll start these businesses that, these business ideas that I had and I’d be able to finally work on all these things. Thank you so much for those kind words. This dark comedy has become one of my favorite movies and since not many of my friends have seen it, I tend to show it to everyone that comes to visit me. We’re back in Scotland. Financial freedom means so many different things to so many people, so it’s important to define what it means to you more than anything else. It’s good to be here. Or could I save up five lease payments and buy a used car that I can then not have any car payments for the rest of my life? So, hey Brandon, really appreciate, uh, all of the wisdom I’ve learned so much from you. Why spend a lot of money to get a Mac when you could get a perfectly good PC for half the price? Ultimately though, you have the power to break free from those traps and live a life that truly makes you happy. They seem so, you know, I want to outsource that or I don’t want to think about that. And then you’re just like, oh, like this isn’t even fun and it’s probably less healthy than cooking. And things like that. Brandon:  25:04 You’re seeing all these obviously like all the television shows and everything on the TV is also you’re comparing yourself to. Grant: 45:21 Yeah. So I think that’s…I think that’s a huge first step and then obviously figuring out like what you have and what your net worth is, that’s important too. So many different tactics. Debt goes up at a time when it’s kind of never been easier to become financially independent and all of these tools are available. And you realize so much that you can only control so many variables and you actually realize, I think or I’ve realized that this process that I’m in control of a lot fewer of the variables than I think I am and I’m, I’m learning to be okay with that and that’s why you’re just kinda sitting there and maybe it’s not even anything that you do, but all of a sudden this peace, at least in me, kind of overcomes me. Moving to Scotland and I was like, well what do I do retirement... 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