FIRE Resources

Below are the resources that have helped me immensely in my journey to Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE).

As my journey continues, I’ll be constantly adding new resources so you can check back regularly!

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Podcasts

ChooseFI – I’ve been following Brad and Jonathan from their very beginning, when they were introduced on Radical Personal Finance in December 2017;  their enthusiasm and sincerity made me a dedicated listener immediately.

Radical Personal Finance – As a highly credentialed and experienced financial planner in the past, Joshua has amazing technical knowledge which I benefited greatly from (especially related to whole life insurance). He is definitely radical, and so his views/topics may make people uncomfortable. But most importantly, he makes you think.

Afford Anything  – Paula breaks down how she achieved FI at an early age through rental real estate and traveled the world, but she never plans to retire because she loves her work. Not just about real estate, she really looks at how people can achieve meaning in their lives. FI is just a means, not an end.

The Mad Fientist – One of the earliest podcasts I came across, Brandon’s low key style and technical knowledge of taxes helped me understand how I can achieve FIRE faster by decreasing one of the highest expenses: taxes.

Blogs

Mr. Money Mustache – Pete is of the “founding fathers” of the FIRE movement. His practical frugality and outlook toward life is inspiring and a must read for those looking toward not just frugality but a new life philosophy on the journey to FIRE.

Financial Samurai – Sam came from the same industry, investment banking, as I did, and so I identified with his story and his quirky, irreverent humor. He is a realist, almost in the realpolitik sense. His book How to Engineer Your Layoff reflects the real politics of corporate America when it comes to separation from your employer and helps you strategize on how to get the most from a bad situation.

JLCollinsNH – JL Collins’ stock series is a great resource for those not familiar with the basics of the capital markets and simply don’t have time to spend years in study. He has one of the best explanations of FU money out there and can put John Goodman in The Gambler to shame!

Early Retirement Now – Karsten also worked in the capital markets, though definitely more on the quantitative/technical side than I did. So his in-depth knowledge of Monte Carlo simulations and modeling (he has his own options portfolio) has made his Safe Withdrawal Rate series a must read for those who plan to rely primarily on an investment portfolio for FIRE.

The Happy Philosopher – Jeff is a physician and when he was dealing with burnout not long after starting his practice, he was able to “downshift” his work to give himself more time for his own mental health. I find his story particularly inspiring because he deals with more aspects of mental and spiritual health than most FIRE blogs out there.

Root of Good – Justin lives in North Carolina, and he and his wife have 3 kids. They have a more “normal” family lifestyle in that they stay at home during the school year when their kids are in school and then travel all throughout summer break with the family. I think it’s a balanced, middle of the road FIRE lifestyle for those who aren’t looking to be too extreme.

Books

Your Money or Your Life – Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez wrote one of the seminal works decades ago in the early 1990s, and this is an updated version for 2018. They really make you understand the price of working for money vs. the value of your limited time alive on earth.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Another classic, Robert Kiyosaki inspired me to take a long, hard look at the most expensive material assets of keeping up with the Jones’ in the middle class rat race: house and car, especially.

The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas Stanley and William Danko break down the habits and lifestyles of those who became millionaires. Needless to say, it wasn’t a sudden windfall but a lifetime of disciplined, small choices.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy – Embraced by many in the FIRE community, Stoic ideas (such as the concept of hedonic adaptation and how to fight against it) is making a comeback. William Irvine’s book makes the basic principles of this ancient Greek philosophy palatable to the modern reader. It was my gateway book to reading Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius.

Man’s Search For Meaning – This is the first hand account of Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl in Auschwitz and other camps during the Holocaust. Besides a riveting (and horrific) first hand account, it examines the human psyche during extreme suffering. Through his experience, Frankl conceived Logotherapy, positing that the search for meaning is the primary motivator in life. This is especially relevant for those who are FIRE and seeking a purpose as they face the decades in front of them.

Outwitting the Devil – Written in the late 1930s by famous self improvement guru Napoleon Hill, it was so controversial that it was hidden away until nearly 80 years later. Hill’s insight into human nature, especially ideas such as “drifting” and “hypnotic rhythm,” can be easily identified in the modern person’s mind. It is not specifically focused on FIRE but instead on the fulfillment of one’s life.

Suggestions?

If you have any other resources I should add, contact me and I’ll take a look!