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F.I.R.E – 6 Uncomfortable Truths we discovered about Early Retirement & how to mitigate them

foreign hey what are the ugly sides to 
retiring early um aren't you bored every   day just lying around doing nothing don't 
you guys worry about running out of money hey guys welcome back to another beautiful 
day here in Paradise Bali many of you have   been asking me so many questions like the 
above so today I'm gonna run through six   uncomfortable truths about early retirement 
as well as my suggestions for mitigating them   based on our own experiences reaching fire and 
being retired here in Bali Indonesia for the   past two years so uncomfortable truth number 
one retirement is a journey not a destination   for the record lying around all day doing nothing 
in retirement is a myth it's always nice to have   a few days of that here and there but in reality 
you do that for long stretches of time and you're   probably going to be hit very very hard with 
feelings of boredom lack of self-worth and you're   gonna be missing a sense of fulfillment retirement 
isn't a destination like Bali or Boracay it really   is the start of a New Journey in your life it's 
that stretch of time where you finally do those   things you wanted to do but always couldn't 
because you were so busy making money to   survive it can be anything traveling the world 
finally writing that book or studying that say   cross stitch side hustle if you never get past the 
myth you'll probably end up getting bored and then   end up going back to work and missing out on this 
Amazing Life Adventure so like every other journey   start planning what is this epic adventure you 
want to spend your retirement time and money on number two if you got bored during your 
retirement stuff maybe you're doing it wrong   so for a lot of people their retirement Jam 
is about traveling the world right that's a   super common one and it's amazing fun you never 
feel more alive and it's such a great challenge   because actually you need so many different skills 
to travel properly right you need Street smarts to   navigate the towns and scams and other issues 
on the road you need to be able to plan your   itinerary book the best travel deals know how 
to haggle your prices not to mention stuff like   riding a motorbike and scuba diving and at the 
start it's always epic it's so incredible but on excitement and sense of achievement starts to 
plateau and then you're gonna hit that point   of diminishing returns and it wasn't just 
in travel either it was also my painting my   businesses my surviving The Nomad life thingy I 
find that when love to remain largely undirected   most Pursuits actually tend to lose their flavor 
with time another way of putting this is perhaps   you feel yourself falling into stagnation or 
mediocrity thing is if you're early retired on   your own efforts then you're probably more of 
the go-getter and achiever type of person and   the aspect of your personality doesn't 
change just because you're tired you'll   still be looking around and judging if you're 
spending your time meaningfully and productively   to this fix personally I found two solutions 
that worked really well for me one either I   start drilling deep down into the details of 
what I'm doing or two I make it into a business   take my dad baking is his great love in retirement 
but he's not just begging anyhow for the fun of   it the last few years he's in pursuit of baking 
a tastier sourdough bread anyone has ever come   across out of 365 days in a year he is probably 
baked about I'm guessing maybe 400 sourdough   loaves two loaves each bake he tweaks the recipes 
the starter the technique the ingredients he does   some reverse engineering of sourdough bread that's 
commercially sold outside it's been maybe three   years and he's still going strong so he set his 
own special sourdough bread goal and Target and   standards instead of just serving and yogurting 
for fun I became qualified instructors in both   and eventually started both a yoga business and 
a surf school and you know I learned so much   more about both in the whole process whatever 
Pursuit out there if you start really drilling   down there's always more Improvement to be had 
more personal growth to pursue please say you love   Pottery don't just do it aimlessly to pass time 
polish up your skills enter competitions become   a professional Potter do commissions as your 
retirement side hustle or teach pottery classes   when you keep pushing yourself to those higher 
standards because you're either really drilling   down into the craft of it or you're running it 
as an Enterprise you'll find new measures of   productivity therein and you will be bored not to 
mention if you're actually like us on lean fire   whatever site income you generate will help defray 
the cost of your interests and hobbies so you   don't need to tap on your long-term Investments 
isn't that a really good deal so two years ago   at the age of 38 I retired with my husband here 
in Bali it's pretty early by most standards and   it's been a completely amazing journey we've 
learned a lot and I hope the insights we are   sharing with you guys are useful if you're on 
your own fire Journey or already neck deep in   retirement smack that like button share with us in 
the comments below what your retirement looks like   so far how you're keeping busy and whether you 
agree or disagree with the points we made here   now on to the third uncomfortable truth it's 
hard that you must defend your time you probably   retired so you can spend your time doing however 
you please whenever you please most of us will   have spent the vast majority of Our Lives 
thus far making a living which means usually   someone else is directing your time either your 
boss or your clients and we get really used to   that so then in retirement self-directing your 
time becomes something new and kind of foreign   and if you look at retired folks in Singapore 
after working jobs that entire lives most of   them graduate on in retirement working as free 
child care services for their grandchildren   if that's their ultimate dream and for some 
traditional older folks it definitely is then   it's wonderful I'm really happy for them but 
for some it may not really be that but they   find themselves doing it anyway kind of like by 
default because they're just so used to allowing   someone else to direct their time for them there's 
always going to be people around who will try to   take advantage of your free time asking you to 
run errands for them perhaps or like for us here   in Bali we get so many requests from both people 
we know personally and complete strangers of the   internet asking us to do stuff like plan their 
holidays show them around Bali Etc of course we   love hosting close friends and family and we 
enjoy helping people generally but sensibly   speaking our own private lives would just vanish 
if we were to entertain all the requests we get   you'll need to learn how to say no to people and 
how to strike balance retirement is as much about   sharing your time with the people who matter 
to you as it is about having time for your own   personal growth and development just be aware 
uncomfortable truth number four it's probably   gonna be just you and your significant other from 
now on out so upon retirement your social scene is   going to change drastically everyone else is at 
work or busy with their own stuff you're either   gonna have to learn to enjoy your own company 
a lot or if you're lucky enough to have retired   with your significant other that's who you'll 
probably be spending majority of your retirement   with so best learn to get along companionably good 
communication is key as it's just generally being   a considerate and respectful human being through 
the pandemic and on the road this past decade   I've seen so many people who seem really surprised 
by the person the other half truly is when they   start retirement and start traveling together 
24 7 a day but building that Comfort to do   stuff by yourself and building that wonderful 
relationship with your other half can also   possibly be the most rewarding part of your 
retirement journey and your personal growth   before I share with you the fifth uncomfortable 
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uncomfortable truth number five your money plans   are never as foolproof as you think all retirement 
whether it's the regular kind or fire really all   boils down to the financial planning behind it 
right and the most uncomfortable truth of all   may be that your retirement funds are never 
as foolproof as you plan for especially if   your plans are supposed to spend 30 40 even 50 
years in the case of early retirement expert   predictions and assumptions go wrong you made a 
mistake in your portfolio planning because of all   the buyers that we all carry Bear markets happen 
blacks on events gray Rhino events so many things   no matter the plan no matter how much stress 
testing you did before you dove into it the   unexpected often happens and the sooner you come 
to terms with this uncomfortable truth the sooner   you can move on to hatching against the risks 
You can predict most retirees they're working   their financial planning and less Aid around 
the four percent drawdown rule right so the   U.S stock market has had a phenomenal Run for the 
last 10 12 years or so now of course things are   looking a little different for the foreseeable 
future so those who have been conservative and   who have refrained from tapping their long-term 
investments will have more breeding space now   to ride out this bear Market however long it may 
last friends who have been following our journey   for a while now know that a dominant portion of 
our retirement here in Bali consists of rental   income from a number of real estate Investments 
and unfortunately in the last two years since   we started retirement Europe is a game at War 
soaring Energy prices have driven up the cost   of living across the world and everywhere massive 
inflation is now a huge issue thankfully we have   so far managed to resolve whatever disruptions 
we've experienced but basically yet another   uncomfortable truth in retirement is that managing 
your money to make it last till the end takes up   more time than you think don't just go to sleep on 
it continually look to diversify the eggs in your   basket and be open to adjusting your money plans 
like rebalancing your portfolio or changing how   you invest your retirement Arsenal as different 
opportunities present themselves for time you may   not need to work for money any longer but doing 
stuff that fuels your personal growth and that   generates some extra side income as a bonus is 
never a Bad Thing uncomfortable truth number six   no point sweating the small stuff y'all know I'm 
a big fan of simple frugal living and no pretenses   whereas happy dining in a fancy restaurant 
as we are eating at the local War rooms here   sometimes more happy actually but many of us 
can also easily get carried away diving into   with the itsy bitsy details of frugal living you 
know spending two hours here looking up deals and   coupons that end up saving you 10 bucks three 
hours there figuring out how to maximize your   air miles should you lock in that 3.5 fixed 
deposit rate now or wait till next week where   maybe it might be 3.7 I mean it can be fun 
and then it can also be a lousy use of your   time you can do it if you enjoy the challenge 
just know that so long as you get the big stuff   right your retirement is probably going to work 
out just fine so don't sweat the small stuff   big things include stuff like keeping on top 
of your overall General expenses you know doing   your taxes right maintaining a balance then 
Diversified portfolio so as long as you keep   on top of all of that I think that's about 95 of 
the big picture really conversely what I'm also   saying is that if you blow up your retirement 
finances by for example trying to go big or go   home on crypto no amount of coupon cutting is 
gonna save you from having to go back to a job   so yeah that's my take on not sweating the small 
stuff we're all retire at some point of Our Lives   whether early or late voluntarily or unwillingly 
it all boils down to choice and advanced planning   just what I've personally observed is that if 
you cut out all the noise and distraction in   life what do you think are the real currencies we 
truly traded the way I see it is four things it's   money time Youth and health just think about it 
everything we do throughout our entire lives is   really us trading one of these for the other an 
early retirement is that one anomaly where you are   in a position to spend all four currencies at once 
simultaneously and that maximizes your experience   of life a really clear illustration of this is 
traveling you can travel in your 60s and 70s sure   that's what most people will end up doing and it's 
great you know you see these folks really enjoying   seeing new things being very happy but it's often 
in the form of like lots of cruise trips around   the world and that's cool too but they'll never 
experience what it's like to try learning to surf   or sail and getting all salty and burned and 
muscle achy but happily exhausted oh they'll   never try anything more vigorous and adventurous 
like say backpacking your way through Europe you   know crushing in new hostels meeting crazy people 
from Iceland or wherever and doing silly things   together we all have two lives the life that we 
currently live and the life we could possibly live   so then which life would you choose tell me in 
the comments below and don't tell me you wouldn't   retire early because you just wouldn't really know 
what to do that's just a cop-out answer because   yeah well you're too lazy to do the legwork 
and try new stuff and understand yourself   thanks for watching as always speak 
again next Saturday bye foreign

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6 Retirement Essentials (Most people only prepared 2 or 3)

I'm planning for retirement most people focus 
mostly on marshaling together enough money you   know Financial Resources so that they can last 
the distance and then maybe at the back of their   heads they have some vague plan right perhaps 
two or three things to fill the time with a lot   of the times this is stuff like travel family 
well unfortunately I'm gonna say that's not   quite nearly enough for Preparation we ourselves 
have been retired for two years and going looking   back on the past two years I kind of see like 
six essential things that if you prep for it   beforehand before your retirement starts I think 
this can really make such a positive difference   to your retirement so that's what I wanted 
to bring up and discuss with you guys today   number one first and foremost of course we have 
to talk about money most people's concern is the   amount of money that they have in retirement 
whether it will last them till the end come   comfortably and allow them to afford the Hobbies 
like travel good food Etc but I actually think   after going through the last two years building up 
our financial Acumen is just as important if not   more so what do I mean by Financial Acumen I mean 
stuff like budgeting tracking projecting investing   I mean if you think about it the money in your 
bank account can always be squandered we all   know that story I think more importantly what's 
going to make your retirement more fireproof is   having an ability to generate more money where 
it came from in the first place so the second   essential thing that you can prepare for so that 
you have a wonderful retirement it's definitely   the ability to be self-directing and disciplined 
self-direction definitely helps so much with   spending your retirement days meaningfully right 
after all there are no more like work schedules   or like demands from colleagues or bosses to help 
shape your days anymore you have to be the person   to take charge in retirement there's a study out 
there actually that shows that for happily retired   folks most of them actually have about 3.6 core 
Pursuits that's what they say and the unheably   retired folks tend to have less than 3.6 corporate 
suits coming in at about 1.9 call Pursuits that's   what the study reflected I guess it kind of just 
shows in retirement you really need to fill your   life to the brim and keep busy with activities 
you love and that is a really great formula for   happiness and self-direction will help you 
to achieve that state as well as discipline   because if you think about it like discipline 
directly affects the state of your finances right   it affects whether you stick with your retirement 
planning whether you keep fit and active and you   get to maintain your health in retirement even 
whilst you're left up to your own devices even   to find your cover suits if you don't have any 
when you're starting or in your retirement so   discipline and self-direction will be like 
the building blocks for enjoying your life   in retirement the third essential thing you might 
want to work on and cultivate or happy retirement   is people skills right so studies and research 
have reflected very consistently that the main   determining factor for happiness and Longevity 
for most of us is actually relationships Human   Relationships friendships relationship with 
your spouse and with your family I guess if   you look at most of us you know we all have 
a little need of work on some social skills   in some aspect I mean some of us are a bit shy 
paper hats or graph or maybe socially anxious   working on our people skills really will help us 
to get along and live happily with our spouse and   family members and also importantly to make 
new friendships at whatever age we all know   that making new friends gets a lot more difficult 
as we get older I mean I haven't heard anyone say   otherwise for me personally making new friends 
as I get older is the biggest challenge there's   this huge feeling that nothing can replace 
friendships with people who have known you   all your life but it is also a challenge as I 
have chosen to exercise through Arbitrage in   our retirement and we've moved away from home 
so those friends aren't with us in our present   I find that it takes a lot of intention I have 
to consciously push myself to broaden my Social   Circles and make the effort to get to know people 
on a more intimate basis I am also very happy   to be able to say that it has paid off in that for 
the last two years in Bali I have actually made   two or three new friends that I'm happy to say are 
kindred spirits and not just social acquaintances   so that's very nice and it's a huge Comfort to our 
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MooMoo ad using my link in the description below   now back to the video the fourth essential 
thing that you can definitely work on and that   will benefit your retirement tremendously it's 
actually courage you're definitely gonna need lots   of courage in retirement and I guess this isn't 
a skill exactly it's kind of more of a quality   but in retirement you need a lot of courage 
to even plunge into retirement you need the   courage to you know take that leap of faith to 
stop putting it off due to fear of the unknown   feel or financial insecurities so then it's all 
about courage at that stage not let fear and   insecurity rule your life and your decisions it 
is also the courage to recognize that in life at   the start at the end in the middle the Domino's 
you need are never all nicely lined up you know   at some point you just got to jump into it and 
then learn to cross the obstacles as they come   so for retirement long term I guess the 
biggest issue most commonly is always money   but my perspective on this is that hey budgets 
can always be reduced money can always be earned   or recouped or whatever happens so I still 
think that you know it is actually beneficial   to Advocate an approach whereby you get to 
a point where you feel that you have most of   your Ducks lined up you've planned well you've 
prepped for it grab hold of your courage with   both hands and then take the plunge people tend 
to think of retirement as the end but it's not   it's the start of a new phase where you should be 
trying so many new things new Pursuits new ways   to live and for each of these new adventures 
you're gonna need courage to take action and   once you have taken the plunge you'll find the 
next fifth thing very very useful and that would   be a mentality of resilience especially in early 
retirement there are a lot more decades ahead of   you you know and therefore a lot more chances that 
they things can go wrong whether it be down to bad   financial planning or perhaps an unexpected Health 
catastrophe or even sometimes natural disasters   whatever comes I guess you will always need that 
strength of Will and the resilience so that you   can roll with the punches and then get back up 
you want to know that you have the mental strength   that even if things go pear-shaped you won't just 
give up and lose hope and certain Corner you've   got to Marshall what you've got inside you go out 
there find Solutions perhaps if necessary you've   got to go back to work but know that later on 
you can return to retirement and try again so the   sex essential thing that I believe will benefit 
everyone in retirement is to cultivate an attitude   of gratitude we all know life is a very long 
journey hopefully at least and so much of what   we Chase using most of our years actually doesn't 
really matter in the big picture once you have   taken a step back and then at that point is when 
you start realizing the earlier you cultivate and   attitude of gratitude and that appreciation for 
the simple little things that are probably around   you everywhere every day the happier you probably 
will be and it sounds silly but it's not really   automatic I mean we all live and grow up and 
work and go to school in a society that kind of   innovates us with messages that we need to reach 
for more have more ambition gives us you know that   High definitions of success in life that we 
have to try to jump to reach and nobody sings   the Praises of the pleasures of a simple cup of 
tea you know the importance of family time with   your loved ones or or just the pleasure of being 
able to take an evening walk on the beach with   your dog so I think that it's very important that 
somebody reminds you that you know you can not   overload what you already have what you're already 
surrounded by growing that muscle of appreciation   so that in each and every moment you are present 
in your own life you see all the little Joys that   you're surrounded with every day and if you 
live life like that I think that will help   you achieve contentment with just the small stuff 
around you and that's what majority of your life   in retirement may be about is just a small stuff 
every day but in my own retirement here in Bali it   is what makes me so grateful and so happy every 
day that I am surrounded by my loving husband   and very interesting and independent little dog 
that's very very cute you know that we have very   comfortable a bit simple house we have the ability 
to enjoy good food even if it's simple stuff   from the war rooms locally we have a garden and 
beautiful things are growing around us every day   the weather is great you know stuff is good yeah 
I think this is one of the most essential simple   things that's often overlooked simply because it's 
a matter of mentality but I believe this essential   quality or characteristic could make all the 
difference for you so these are the six essential   things that I believe are very very important for 
you to cultivate and prepare for in the leader to   actually taking the plunge into a return then I 
think that if you have these six strong skills and   qualities going for you you will be in a position 
much more well placed to make the best out of your   retirement however long that period may be let me 
know what you think of my suggestions whether you   agree or if you think they suck let me know why 
but in any event I really appreciate you tuning   in and sharing my thoughts for this week and 
wherever you are in the world I'm wishing you   a happy Saturday evening and let's speak again 
next week till then you take care and bye for now

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Retired at 38: 5 strong reasons to retire as soon as you can (Retirement Planning)

so early retirement has actually improved our 
health so much that I actually think we'll be   avoiding higher health care costs down the line 
that may actually lead into our retirement funds   and then early retirement has also allowed us 
to achieve a state of intuitive living which   has been absolutely awesome financially the 
conventional wisdom is that early retirement   could potentially be disastrous but frankly 
I think so far two years into retirement that   our early retirement has been great for us 
financially these plus two or three more are   just some of the very strong reasons why I would 
Advocate that anyone considering retirement should   do so as early as possible let me explain why 
down below hey I'm Jean and for the past two   years I've been retired in Bali Indonesia 
with my husband today I wanted to discuss   about all these reasons why I think retiring 
as early as you can is a brilliant idea [Music]   so Health basically don't wait till it's too late 
I think that when most people think about health   and retirement planning they just kind of hope 
and assume that they will be in good health when   they enter retirement and then that they pray it 
remains status quo until the end but I guess most   of us pre-retirement might be involved in jobs 
that might be high stress with long hours at   the desk and then naturally Fitness just isn't 
what ideally it should be so all my life I've   been struggling with skin rashes and allergies and 
these issues tend to pop up every time my immunity   gets low because I'm stressed I'm tired I'm taxed 
but truly in the two years since we have been   retired the manifestation of all these problems 
have just gone down so much in retirement mode   I'm happily keeping very fit doing all the things 
that I know of like surfing walking the dog with   the hubby eating better overall probably further 
down the line maybe I might be avoiding higher   healthcare costs having this health is actually 
so much wealth it allows you to live life to the   fullest because frankly all the stuff that you 
want to do in your enjoyment of Life probably   involves a lot of Health you want to travel 
you want to scale that mountain at Sunrise to   see that incredible view you need your help even 
just to enjoy good food if you like us you like   to eat you need your health I mean I know so many 
people who have dietary restrictions because of   high cholesterol or diabetes improving health is 
actually one of the biggest and strongest reasons   why you should retire early so the second big 
reason for wanting to retire ASAP is actually   intuitive living basically intuitive living is 
really connecting with yourself and listening to   your garden stings and your feelings as to stuff 
like eating and rest and meditation relationships   even your spending habits perhaps I don't know 
how it is for you guys but I was generally living   my life governed by a lot of shirts right I 
mean I should be at the office by 9am so that   I won't piss off the bosses I should stay in 
the office stay late and postpone my workout   postpone dinner so I can meet the deadline set by 
my clients I should carry branded Handbags and of   course I should be a corporate lawyer I mean why 
would I want to be anything else right finally   in retirement we are free from the demands of the 
pursuit of money to listen to ourselves to truly   tune in and understand what is the optimum cause 
in life you can chart you really want to wake up   every day without an alarm clock naturally because 
you've had enough sleep you want to eat only   enough and not too much I mean you want to make 
better choices food wise intuitive exercise you   know you're doing what really only appeals to you 
maybe you don't like sweating in the afternoons   so then you know get a gym membership or play 
indoor record Sports whatever works for you I   only wish that more people have the opportunity 
to experience living life this way intuitively   away from the entanglements and distractions 
from regular running the hands the real life   the third reason why you might want to retire 
as soon as possibly is just that the earlier   you retire the more time you gain in life I 
mean if you think about it most of us live   life as though we are invincible as if life 
itself will never run out and therefore we do   things like squander our time or sell it away too 
cheaply in exchange for material things we each   only have so long to live right and the money you 
make in your lifetime you can't bring that with   you when you go home so well might as well you'll 
be the one to spend it when you can right Society   feeds us like so many different narratives 
about success and what it should look like   but actually I think success is really not 
about the achievements per se but it's just   really a Feeling and I like to think that at 
the end of our Lives when we're there in our   last dying moments what we'll be thinking 
about probably wouldn't be like stuff like   oh I closed that three billion dollar deal I 
think it would more be along the lines of like   I had good friends and I loved my family I had 
a good life you know I ate good food I laughed   Lots I took care of my kids and my dog stuff like 
that so don't squander the time that we each have   maybe you have personal goals that you really 
want to achieve stuff like learning Spanish or   scaling the Great Wall of China or just 
watching your kids grow up that's just a   million places that are better to spend your 
time at then at a job which you don't really   particularly care for and which maybe you're just 
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new move a step closer to your 2023 goals reason   number four the earlier you start your retirement 
the better you'll get at it with every other   change in life we expect that we all need time to 
learn how to do it well so things like becoming   apparent for the first time even if like us it's 
just a fur kid or transitioning from being a   student to being a working adult and then there's 
the transition from being and actively working   adult to retirement mode it seems ridiculous and 
silly even at first I mean it's like saying who   doesn't know how to spend their free time right 
but if you actually truly observe things around   you retirement Falls really differently for 
different people we all know the people who   have retired and in their retirement seem a 
little lost lonely left behind and uninspired   and then there's the other kind of retired people 
right the ones who go like when we're talking that   I'm gonna grab Life by the balls and Max things 
out a big part of that may actually be the point   in life at which you retire whether at that point 
where you retire you still have your zest your   Zeal your energy your health your Fitness to help 
you max out the happiness potential of that free   time and freedom in retirement and then there's 
the thought that retirement supposed to stretch   out for a few good years at least right if not 
for a few decades and doing that requires skills   you know you need so many different skills to 
have a successful retirement I think that's a   topic for another day but basically you need time 
to learn those skills whether it's Financial money   management or social skills you know building 
relationships and stuff but basically you need   time to get all that down pat in order to have 
a successful retirement so then the earlier you   retire the better usually you will probably 
turn out for you so the last and possibly the   most controversial point I think that early 
retirement could possibly be great for you   financially and this is controversial because it's 
directly opposite to what a lot of the experts say   right you retire too early there's so much risk 
that you miscalculate your finances or that world   events take an unexpected turn and then you know 
things go belly up and then you're destitute in   your last years but I mean underlying all that 
seems to be this assumption that in retirement   we're all just going to be like one dead lazy log 
and I think that these days especially if you're   an early retiree that is just so not true maybe 
like us with YouTube in our retirement in your   own retirement maybe you'll learn new skills pick 
up new side hustles and stay busy doing something   that you're doing for the love of it for the fun 
not for the money but having the money come in as   a result of your side hustle is a nice bonus and 
you know what it becomes an additional buffer for   your later years so retiring early also allows you 
to take advantage of things like dual Arbitrage   Right Moving overseas to improve your financial 
situation and yeah so like us I'm from Singapore   but I'm now retired here in Bali Indonesia we're 
not just here because life is more affordable but   the fact is that our retirement sums in fact our 
whole entire retirement is only possible because   living here is so much more affordable as compared 
to back home you know this wouldn't be possible at   all if we retiredly and ended up having health 
concerns right mobility issues for example   retiring early and then using the time to keep up 
with current affairs learning hedging strategies   to minimize risk learning how to diversify our 
Investment Portfolio I feel that the time in our   retirement has been well spent to actually make 
us more resilient and the fact that we retired so   early also means that if anything goes badly up 
time and youth are on our side if our financial   planning for retirement had just sucked or you 
know things unexpectedly go failure so prepare you   know if we have to U-turn and go back to work or 
maybe start another business it's not a big deal   and then we'll go off Marshall the resources 
that we lack and then we'll come back again   and second time around third time around will 
definitely be better each time at doing this   so in terms of confidence and the feeling of 
resilience that we will be able to make this   last all the way I think that starting 
early doing it early diving into it and   understanding the parameters the potential 
the boundaries of what we face in retirement   actually really really helps well guys so 
these are the few takeaways from our last   two years living in retirement here in Bali and 
I mean if you have any thoughts or objections or   contributions to the points that I've made in 
this video I'll love to hear them let's start   a little discussion in the comments below you 
guys have a good week ahead wherever you are   and let's chat again next Saturday thank you 
for watching and bye-bye have a good weekend

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simple if you want to retire before everyone else then you need to follow these three steps firstly calculate the real numbers secondly manage the variables and thirdly execute your plan successfully it's really that straightforward but most people don't even get past step one to be honest thirty percent of people have probably clicked off this video probably because retirement sounds too old school for them however you might not actually want to retire early I'll explain why towards the end well that's for the few of you that make it that far step one calculate the real numbers how much do I need to retire this is one of the most searched questions on the internet and no one seems to be able to give the real answer it's no surprise that lots of people are turning to the internet as the school system has left us in the dark they're only interested in pushing us into the workforce so that Society can exploit us for our time and labor if most people actually knew the answer to how much they need to retire then they'd probably an uproar that's because Millennials and gen z's are reportedly going to have to work longer than any other generation the sad truth is many people are deluded some think they'll enjoy round the world cruises on the back of saving fifty dollars a month others believe they'll need so much money that quitting work is an unrealistic fantasy most people are hurtling towards a harsh reality check without even knowing it it's not their fault as they've been set up to fail retirement was much more achievable in my day however that's why it's so important to calculate the real numbers now so you're at an advantage this is kind of like the first step of any road trip setting the destination on your navigation system without air how are you going to head in the right direction right I'm going to cut through all the confusion online you just need to focus on the role of 300.

This rule is so powerful that it allows you to jump forward in time and calculate how much money future you will need to quit your job and still pay the bills it's simple all you have to do is add up your monthly expenses and multiply them by 300. this means if you currently spend one thousand dollars per month then you'll need three hundred thousand dollars saved if you spend fifteen hundred dollars a month this will mean you need four hundred and fifty thousand dollars in your account if you spend three thousand dollars a month you'll require nine hundred thousand dollars and so on you get the idea now I know what you're thinking how much but let's say you do need nine hundred thousand dollars you don't have to save all of that I'll reveal later how you can use the power of compound interest and only have to save around a hundred and ten thousand the rule of three hundred is based on the ability to safely withdraw four percent per year from your savings the idea is that if you put your money in the correct places then it will grow by more than four percent per year allowing you to take from your pot without it running out it's a bit like Hermione's Magic Bag in Harry Potter I know this sounds great but it's very important this is just a rule of thumb and not scientific law like gravity I mean it's pretty impossible to accurately predict the future because there are so many different factors that we can't take into account if anyone tells you otherwise then they're trying to sell you something so yes stock market conditions and inflation could have an impact on your final Freedom figure however still think it's a good idea to use a ruler 300 as a guide and adapt it as you go now you've figured out your destination you can start increasing your odds and get in there which brings me on to step two manage the variables just as you need to use the steering wheel brakes and accelerator in a car to navigate the roads you need to use these five variables to achieve your retirement goal variable one is of course income I highly suggest that you increase your income as soon as possible this is your accelerator and if you're making more than the average you'll be able to retire before most people in my late teens I had an income problem after leaving school at 16 I just wasn't making enough money to pay my rent and go out with my friends let alone save for retirement so I devised a plan to get a pay rise you see I was working part-time in a radio control model shop earning next to nothing I thought to myself how can I get the owner to pay me more for the same work for the next couple of weeks I work my socks off and I kept track of all the sales I made I remember writing down every detail in a little notepad when I got a chance I sat down and I looked at all my notes and compared them with what the shop had sold in that period one thing became very obvious I was making all the radio controlled helicopter cells because of my expertise in flying them that's when it hit me I was valuable to my boss because without me he couldn't sell any helicopters now I had this information I felt confident I could approach him and ask for a raise I clearly explained my value to the business and asked for the increase in Pay I wanted I remember him staring at me blankly for a couple of seconds I thought I'd offended him until he let out a little Grunt and a nod of his head agreeing to pay me exactly what I'd asked for although this was a long time ago the principle Remains the Same now if you want to increase your income then you need some kind of Leverage to have this you need to become valuable maybe you could learn some high income skills such as sales and marketing or alternatively start some kind of side hustle however it actually doesn't matter how much you earn it's all about how much you save and that brings me on to variable two expenses even if you were accelerating at full speed in a Formula One car if you had a massive parachute attached to your rear wing then you aren't going anywhere fast this is exactly what it's like having a good income with too many expenses look I'm not one of those online people that's going to tell you to stop buying Starbucks and enjoying life I think that's a pretty sad way to live if you like those things this variable is more about cutting out the things you couldn't care less for this is actually the perfect time to come back to the rule of 300.

Let's say you spend fifteen dollars per month on Netflix if we multiply that by 300 you'll see that you actually need four thousand five hundred dollars saved in your retirement pot to keep watching indefinitely well this is assuming the price doesn't go up which it most certainly will most people have little monthly expenses so they don't really care about us they seem so small but if you apply them to the rule of 300 they're no small expenses actually add up very quickly as well as cutting out little expenses I also highly suggest being smart about the larger ones I'm talking about rent mortgages and car payments these are the biggest silent wealth Killers as they're a huge drain on your finances every single month but there are a few ways to get around them the first is known as house hacking this is when you buy a house and rent out part of it to a roommate in order to cover the mortgage in America you can also buy something called a duplex which is two separate living accommodations in one house allowing you to live in one side of the house and rent out the other the next is rent hacking this is simply renting out a house and then subletting individual rooms to different people to cover all of your costs but before you start doing this make sure to clear it with your landlord the third is car hacking this is when you buy a car that has lost most of its value already drive it around for a couple of years then sell it for almost what you paid for it and repeat the process if you successfully managed to drive down your expenses and still live a great life then you can start thinking about variable three debt a lot of people aren't going to like this one but you need to master debt some people are totally against It While others are way too Reckless I've always been somewhere in between the two extremes it's kind of like the fuel in your car it can be very useful but it can also explode if you're not careful managing debt is crucial for a retirement planning because carrying too much bad debt can eat away at your savings make it difficult to achieve your retirement goals on the other hand using good debt strategically can help you build wealth and increase your income which can lead to an earlier retirement it's important to understand the difference between the two and make smart decisions about when and how to use debt put Simply Good debt is when you borrow money to buy things or make more money in the future like buying a house and renting it out bad debt is when you borrow money to buy things you don't make any money on like using a credit card to buy clothes expensive holidays or a car that you don't need but here's the real kicker in order to get good debt you need to have a good credit score and the best way to do this is to actually own a credit card you can put little expenses on it and pay it off in full at the end of each month this will mean you never pay any interest and build a good score for the future but like I said the only reason to have good debt is to buy assets which brings me on to variable 4 investing investing is important for retirement because it can allow your money to grow faster than it would if you simply just saved it it's kind of like the Boost pad you go over when playing Mario Karts with the right Investments your money can grow at more than four percent per year which is the amount you can safely withdraw from your savings if you're using the rule of 300 not a financial advisor however I've always invested consistently into the S P 500 which is an index fund that includes the top publicity traded companies in the USA which is historically averaged a return of eight percent per year I mean if you were to invest 200 per month for 45 years which equates to a hundred and eight thousand dollars an average return of eight percent per year then you would have a total of one million fifty four thousand nine hundred and seven dollars that's the power of compound interest but where can you start investing well it's a lot easier than it was back in my day as you can do it all from your phone there are various different apps I'll leave some of the links down below one of my favorites is light year and they are also kindly sponsoring today's video light year is looking to give every European low cost and convenient access to the world stock markets and they're really great at what they do the app is super user friendly making it perfect for both Advanced and novice investors light year is available on mobile and web platforms allowing for a smooth investment process and research the platform has 3 000 stocks and ETFs from the UK us and across Europe including ones that track the S P 500 which I mentioned earlier and there's more on light year you can also earn interest on your uninvested money in three currencies the euro dollar and pound if you're watching this from the UK the Eurozone or Hungary you can download and start using light year today use my code tillbreed and receive a 10 fractional share after making your first investment but let me remind you investing always carries a risk and the value of any investment can decrease as well as increase variable 5 tax the more money you earn the more money the government will try to take off you this is why you really need to use the tax loopholes to your advantage this is kind of like your fuel tank leaking if you don't plug the holes then you'll have nothing left by using tax advantage accounts such as Roth IRAs and 401ks in the USA and Isis in the UK you can reduce the amount taxes you owe on your income and Investments these accounts allow you to invest and avoid paying tax on the money you make but the amount you can put into these accounts is limited every year so I strongly suggest that you fill these up as soon as possible and now you're ready for step three execute your plan just like you need to address your driving style based on the road conditions and traffic you need to adjust your approach to managing the variables in order to execute your plan successfully put simply the following techniques will help you become a better driver firstly develop an Roi Obsession when I was growing my wealth I was hyper focused on making sure that everything I bought at least made me back the money I spent on it a good example of this nowadays is the MacBook Pro it's a great tool that can allow you to make far more money back than you spend on it however if you just play games on it then you'll have to save all that money up again the hard way think about how you can use everything to make you more money that way you'll never have to start from zero more than once secondly measure your progress make a habit of setting clear money targets every month I remember not only doing this but also sharing them with one of my friends I did this because I wanted him to keep me accountable if I missed a Target it's actually been revealed that this improves your chances of achieving a goal by 65 thirdly stay cash poor a lot of people might not agree with me on this one but I think if you save too much money in a simple bank account then you get too comfortable I know I perform best when I'm on the ropes and have a lot of pressure to succeed by keeping myself cash poor and investing all of my money back into my index funds and businesses I was able to motivate myself to earn more and remain flexible not stuck in my old Comfort Zone in the old ways this concept is also known as paying yourself first as you prioritize your Investments and then pay your expenses which is money going into other people's pockets put simply invest first then full yourself to find the other money you need now for the people that have made it this far here's why you might not want to retire traditional retirement was created to help encourage older people to leave the workforce and make room for younger people however retirement can lead to a loss of purpose and drive and many people find themselves getting ill or losing motivation I discovered this first hand as I had enough money to retire in my late 20s I took a couple of weeks off and was tired to lose the will to live I lost purpose and that's when I started looking into two different options the first I'm calling micro retirement this is a concept where you take a break from work for a short period of time to pursue personal interests and travel with the intention of returning to work afterwards it's different from traditional retirement as it's not a permanent state of not working but rather a way of taking a break from work and returning to it later the idea is to break up the years of work with periods of leisure and Adventure allowing for a more fill in life overall now even though this sounded better it still wasn't for me I feel like wasting my time doing something I didn't want to do that's when I came across the second alternative option lifelong retirement for me retirement means freedom so I don't have to do anything unless I absolutely want to that's why I built business around doing what I like to do day to day if I don't like doing something then I just hire someone else to do it I'm sure some people have already commented if he's actually retired why is he making his YouTube videos the answer is that I genuinely enjoy doing it who wouldn't like filming videos and helping people out whoever said money doesn't make you happy hasn't given enough of it away and I think that's even more true for giving away knowledge if you'd like to know seven passive income ideas you can start right now then watch his next video but don't click on it just yet make sure to subscribe if you want to grow your wealth okay I'll see you over there

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in a world that often ties success to climbing the corporate ladder and retiring at a standard age the fire movement stands out as a revolutionary approach offering a pathway to financial Independence and early retirement if you're intrigued by the idea of Breaking Free from the traditional work to retirement model let's explore the three fundamental questions that will guide you on your journey to fire so if you're wondering what exactly you need to do to retire earlier and how much money you actually need you come to the right place we're also going to talk about something of particular importance at the end and it's how you can be prepared if things don't go as planned in the end we're going to answer all these questions in this video today so stay tuned but before we get to the main topic of the video first of all welcome back and if you're new on our Channel we are the finance nerds and we try to help you to fix your finances and spread our knowledge in saving money budgeting and investing and if you like the video and want to support us hit the like button on this video number one what do you have to do to follow the fire movement the first step on your fire journey is embracing the core principles that Define this movement at its Essence fire is about taking control of your finances living intentionally and making strategic decisions to build a future of Financial Freedom mastering the art of frugality to follow the fire movements you must become best friends with frugality start by scrutinizing your spending habits create a detailed budget outlining your monthly income and expenses identify areas where you can cut back without sacrificing your quality of life and opt for needs over ones cook at home and resist the urge to keep up with extravagant Lifestyles establishing your savings rate goals fire success hinges on your ability to save a significant portion of your income set clear savings rate goals aiming for at least 25 to 50% of your earnings the higher your savings rate the faster you accumulate the funds needed for financial Independence regularly revisit your budget and savings goals to stay on track investing wisely for growth saving alone won't get you to fire you need the power of investing develop a well-balanced Investment Portfolio that aligns with your risk tolerance and financial goals diversify your Investments across stocks bonds and real EST state to maximize growth potential understand the basics of compounding interest and let your money work for you calculating your financial Independence fi number the Cornerstone of the fire movement is your fi number calculate this by determining your annual expenses and multiplying them by 25 this number represents the amount of money you need to have invested to cover your living expenses indefinitely knowing your fi number gives you a tangible goal and a clear end point for your journey and embracing a minimalist lifestyle simplify your life to amplify your journey to financial Independence Embrace a minimalist Lifestyle by decluttering your living space and cutting down on unnecessary expenses the less you need the easier it is to reach your fi goals re-evaluate your possessions and ask yourself does this bring me joy or is it a financial burden number two how much money do I actually need understanding the financial aspect of the fire movement is crucial to setting realistic goals and expectations the answer to this question lies in your lifestyle expenses and the vision you have for your postretirement life creating a detailed budget to determine how much money you need for fire start with a comprehensive budget categorize your expenses into fixed and variable essential and non-essential include everything from housing and utilities to entertainment and dining out the more detailed your budget the more accurate your estimate of postretirement needs will be estimating your annual expenses your fi number is directly linked to your annual expenses calculate how much money you spend in a typical year including all necessities and discretionary spending be honest and realistic about your lifestyle choices remember fire isn't about deprivation it's about optimizing your spending to align with your values multiplying by 25x rule once you have your annual expenses multiply them by 25 this multiplication factor is derived from the 4% rule a principle suggesting that you can safely withdraw 4% of your Investment Portfolio annually without depleting it your fi number is essentially 25 times your annual expenses representing the amount needed to sustain your lifestyle without a traditional job adjusting for inflation inflation is a silent wealth eroder factor in a conservative estimate for inflation when calculating your fi number this ensures that your money maintains its purchasing power throughout your retirement consider historical inflation rates and consult with financial experts to make informed adjustments evaluating health care costs don't overlook Healthcare expenses in your fire calculations research Health Insurance options and account for potential increases in medical costs as you age understanding and planning for healthcare expenses ensures that your fire plan remains robust even in the face of unexpected health chck Alles number three what kind of backup plan can I create if things don't work out as planned while the fire movement provides a road map for Financial Freedom it's crucial to acknowledge that life is unpredictable creating a solid backup plan ensures that you're prepared for unforeseen circumstances building an emergency fund an emergency fund is your financial safety net before aggressively pursuing fire ensure you have a robust emergency fund that covers 3 to 6 months worth of living expenses this fund provides a cushion in case of unexpected job loss medical emergencies or other unforeseen events diversifying income streams relying solely on your Investment Portfolio for income can be risky consider diversifying your income streams by exploring sight hustles freelancing or part-time work these additional streams not only boost your savings rate but also act as a buffer if your Investments face temporary setbacks continuously up updating your plan flexibility is key in the fire Journey regularly review and update your financial plan to accommodate changes in income expenses and market conditions a dynamic plan allows you to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and make informed decisions to safeguard your financial future staying agile in the job market if early retirement doesn't unfold as planned staying agile in the job market is a valuable backup strategy keep your skills relevant maintain professional Networks and be open to opportunities that align with your goals a temporary return to Workforce can provide a financial boost if needed exploring alternative living arrangements consider the role of housing in your fir plan downsizing or exploring alternative living arrangements such as house hacking or co- living can significantly reduce expenses being open to adjusting your living situation adds another layer of flexibility to your backup plan continue learning and adaptation the fire journey is an ongoing process of learning and adaptation stay informed about financial Trends investment strategies and lifestyle adjustments that may enhance your plan the ability to adopt to changing circumstances is a Hallmark of successful fire practitioners embarking on the fire journey is a bold and empowering Choice by adhering to the principles of frugality strategic savings and intentional investing you can unlock the door to financial Independence remember the fire movement isn't a riged set of rules it's a customizable framework that empowers you to shape a future where financial decisions align with your values and aspirations and if you think living below your means is H wait until you know these five Frugal Living ways from one of our most popular 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How to Retire in 7 Years Starting with $0

hi guys it's mark i believe the biggest reason most people don't achieve early retirement is that they were never given a step-by-step guide the only path that seems to be pushed in schools is to get a 9 to 5 job save your money work until you're 65 and finally retire when you're too old to enjoy it luckily one of the businessmen i looked up to explained it in a slightly different way he said the word retirement should be replaced with the word freedom because once you reach a tipping point when you have enough money to stop working you have true freedom every day you can do exactly what you want no questions asked maybe that's relaxing on a beach sipping a pina colada or building businesses that change the world like elon musk when you have the ability to retire it's entirely up to you how you spend your time so on that note today we're going to discuss the plan i use to reach my retirement goal in my late 20s starting from zero dollars this may be a little extreme for some people but that's just me i'm either 100 in or i'm not in at all obviously you can take this plan at your own pace and who knows maybe you'll even beat me we'll get into all of this right after you hit that like button for the l2 buga rhythm as it really helps push this video to more people also make sure to subscribe if you want to grow your wealth phase one is all about your freedom figure this is the target you have to reach in order to have full control of your life this is something you should know even if you've got zero dollars in the bank if you don't know your freedom figure then it's a bit like being blindfolded in a running race you can't see where you're going so you may end up putting all your efforts in going in the wrong direction or even tripping up and falling flat on your face the reality is there are three types of people in this world there are doers dreamers and drifters otherwise known as the 3ds actually thinking about it when i was at school they gave me a cap with d on it they must have known i was a doer so let's start off with drifters they go through life living paycheck to paycheck without any financial aims they don't really see the point of saving or investing money as retirement feels like it's not something a young person needs to be thinking about dreamers do have financial goals but they don't have any plans in place to actually achieve them so they will forever just stay dreams and finally doers they have financial goals but most importantly have a plan to reach them and that's where your freedom figure comes in this is a very individual thing and it all depends on how much you want to pay yourself each year when you retire it's actually a great way to figure this out and it's called the times 25 rule so let's firstly assume you want to make fifty thousand dollars per year without working secondly we would need to multiply 50 000 by 25 which gives us 1.25 million dollars the idea is that you're able to withdraw four percent of this per year without ever running out of money and you guessed it four percent of 1.25 million dollars is 50 000 1.25 million dollars how am i ever going to get that in seven years this video's a lie i know this may sound tough especially if you're starting from zero dollars but it is possible no one said it's going to be easy but with the right approach it can be done i mean if i can do it then so can you in the early stages of your retirement plan the way you think about money is crucial it's all about getting the right mindset in place the key is to prioritize building wealth over cash flow this is because building wealth is about locking your money away in assets that increase in value whereas cash flow gives you more money flowing into your pocket now this may sound great but it can lead to a variety of problems such as lifestyle inflation and sky high taxes cash flow is extremely important but more so later in life once you start to unwind this is why whenever i made some extra cash when i was younger i made sure to reinvest the majority of it of course i get it sometimes it can feel really nice to secure some profit and lock it away in your bank account it can give you a full sense of security knowing you've got all your money sat in your account for whenever you need it but the reality is you often don't need as much money as you think forming a habit of reinvesting your cash flow is absolutely essential when it comes to building wealth as fast as possible and hitting your freedom figure phase two is laying the foundations this is kind of like building a house you need to lay a solid foundation to ensure your house doesn't crumble the first sign of an earthquake unfortunately seventy percent of millennials now live paycheck to paycheck which means they're building their lives on an unstable base just like building a house on quicksand if you find that unbelievable then this is even more shocking forty percent of americans with an income greater than a hundred thousand dollars a year are still living paycheck to paycheck this just goes to show how important laying the foundations are and even though it may seem simple many people are failing at this phase there are four stages i considered when i was in this phase during my early 20s the first stage is paying off high interest debt it's crucial to pay this off before you even consider investing your money as high interest debt is holding you back but saying this it is very important to understand the difference between good debt and bad debt good debt is anything low interest that makes you money for example the mortgage on a rental property or low interest finance on a laptop to build an online business bad debt is high interest debt that doesn't make you any money for example shopping for clothes on buy it now pay later credit card debt or even a typical bank loan all of this debt needs paying off as soon as possible i was in quite a lot of debt when i was 18 and in order to get out of it i used the debt avalanche method which involved making the minimum payments on all my high interest debt then i used any extra money to pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first which was my store credit card at 32 crazy i know signing up for that was a huge mistake which i've talked about in some of my past videos i then worked my way through the bad debt with the lowest interest rate which was my car loan at around 15 of the time within a year i'd managed to get everything paid off the big lesson here is you can't invest to build wealth when being weighed down by bad debt stage two is putting aside an emergency fund this is essential for your foundations as if you start investing without an emergency fund you might find a few months down the line you get into a spot of bother with an unexpected expense and no cash to pay for it you will then have to pull your investments out to cover the expense and then you'll miss out on the potential profits stage three is building a great credit score a credit score is a bit like your resume it follows you around in life is regularly updated and it helps lenders decide whether you're a worthy borrower having a good credit score is especially important if you ever want to get a loan in the future for example to buy your dream house you just never know when you're going to need it i should have actually started building my credit score a lot sooner than i did because it's so easy to get started all you need to do as soon as you turn 18 is get yourself a credit card start putting a few little expenses on it like gas and pay that baby off in full at the end of each and every month this way you pay no interest and prove to the lenders that you're a reliable borrower stage four is reducing your tax liability every dollar you earn has hidden costs of all the expenses however taxes can sting the most and take the biggest bite out of your money noah likes the tax man the good news is that tax efficient accounts can minimize how much tax you have to pay and maximize your savings in my early twenties my income was really starting to get eaten up by taxes so i started looking for the best ways to save as much as possible i then discovered if i opened up a retirement account then i could save money i hadn't paid tax on this is known as a 401k in the usa and a sip in the uk of course i will eventually have to pay tax on this but as i'll be older i'll be in a much lower tax bracket because i'll be earning less so hence i should save quite a lot of money but i didn't stop there i opened another account that allowed me to save money that i'd paid tax on but in the future i wouldn't have to pay tax on my capital gains or in other words all the money that the money generated this is called a roth ira in the usa and an isa in the uk i firmly believe that everyone should set up both of these accounts as soon as possible as i know it really reduced my tax burden so once you've built up these solid foundations it's time to start expanding phase three is building multiple income streams i like to think about it like this imagine spider-man is you the platform is your life and the skittle is your everyday job if you get fired guess what's happening now imagine this spider-man is you the platform's your life but now you have multiple income streams the stock market could crash you could lose your job or your side hustle could fail but your life is supported by your other income streams this makes it very hard for someone or something to come along and strike you out a secure job is nowhere near as common as it once was with the average person now working 12 jobs in a lifetime there isn't one perfect solution for everyone but something that has worked for me over the years is to pick side hustles that take advantage of my existing skills as i don't have to learn something completely new this will often end up being something you're passionate about as you develop the skills without even knowing it sometimes we can lean towards what will pay the most but when looking to build long-term wealth sustainability is important so when waking up every morning being passionate about your line of work is a great idea as richard branson once told me over lunch there is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you well that's actually one of his most famous quotes but he did say something along those lines it was about 20 years ago but one thing i do remember all the details about was the fantastic spaghetti bolognese he made for me there are many different side hustles you can start such as affiliate marketing e-commerce becoming an influencer drop shipping and even good old-fashioned window cleaning bin cleaning driveway cleaning photography the list goes on the main takeaway here is the higher perceived value you have according to society the more you will get paid if you do the bare minimum or your service doesn't really help people you'll be paid the bare minimum it's important to go above and beyond and provide value as best you can to maximize your profits which can then be invested to reach the end goal of your luxury retirement phase four is creating passive income once you have your side hustles and income in check it's time to start looking into passive income streams side hustle money doesn't last forever that's why you want passive income streams so your money can make more money while you sleep this is why the rich get richer this phase is all about multiplying your cash and not chasing high returns this is why i always talk about the importance of consistent long-term investing the end goal is to be on the beach sipping a nice drink not worrying about anything money related now i do always say that no income is truly passive everything requires a bit of work here and there but the idea is to get your money working for you instead of selling your time there is only so many jobs you can fit into one week and that's why trading time for money has its limits i was working a nine to five job plus all the overtime flipping cars on the weekday evenings working in a shop on saturdays and tutoring people on sundays i actually had no more time to sell so that's when i started looking into ways to generate passive income through the markets i'm talking stocks real estate and cryptocurrencies well maybe not crypto back then it wasn't around but i'm certainly interested in it now the stock market is probably the easiest to get involved in especially nowadays maybe not when i was younger as you had to call up your broker on the phone and do all your trades that way now it's all done on investing apps these apps also have great sign up bonuses public.com are currently giving you a free stock worth all the way up to a thousand dollars if you live in the usa and free trade are giving away a free stock worth up to 200 pounds if you live in the uk i'll leave the links down below if you want to pick those up both these apps also offer fractional investing which means you can invest with as little as two dollars this has made it much easier for the everyday investor to get involved in the stock market it's always a good idea to max out your tax advantaged accounts before investing elsewhere i personally like to put the majority of my money into simple low-cost index funds which are essentially baskets of stocks and like i said earlier i like to minimize cash flow so i always turn on automatic dividend reinvesting cryptocurrency is the second error i would focus on as it also has quite a low barrier to entry with apps like coinbase making it easier than ever to purchase crypto coins however it's definitely riskier by the way coinbase are giving you ten dollars a free bitcoin i'll leave the link below if you're interested in that i personally only have five percent of my money in well-known crypto coins such as bitcoin ethereum and cardano i believe that these are the coins that will stand to test the time and i'm not prepared to take the risk of betting on a random coin that might hit it big like i said before my strategy is to get modest passive income from the markets and make fast money from my businesses real estate is the last on the list and this is honestly the holy grail of wealth building however it is a little harder to get into if you're able to save enough for a deposit on a rental property then you can really start unlocking the power of leverage this is because you can get a tenant to rent out the house which should cover the mortgage or while hopefully the house increases in value you're basically getting your house paid for by someone else obviously the earlier you can do this the sooner the debt will be paid and the house will be yours leverage is an amazing tactic used by lots of rich people but it can be very dangerous if not done correctly this is because you can become over leverage which means if things go bad and you can't meet payments your property could be repossessed most people won't tell you this but i'm going to be honest this step-by-step strategy will be hard to achieve if you don't take your own initiative and start a profit generating side hustle it's still possible with a nine-to-five job but maybe not in seven years unless you have an extremely highly paid job that is also secure a nine-to-five isn't at all bad it's just most people need a side hustle to kick-start that wealth building also just a warning for me this is not gonna be easy anyone that tells you otherwise is lying to you you're gonna have to knuckle down like i did and work hard for a few years to have a lifetime of freedom after all if it was easy then everyone will be doing it when you hit your first roadblock and i'm certain you will just think of it as a challenge to overcome and not as a complete disaster this plan will only work if you stay consistent and disciplined i'm confident that after you reach phase 4 you should be in a pretty good place to achieve financial independence and retire early so i'm going to leave the next video right up there but don't click on it just yet make sure to subscribe if you want to grow your wealth and don't forget to pick up your free stocks and bitcoin with the links below okay i'll see you over there

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The Truth about our Early Retirement in Bali

at one point or another we've all dreamed about 
what life could be like if we could spend our   time doing whatever we want whenever we want 
maybe it's vacationing to all sorts of exotic   places maybe it's lying around on the beach 
all day reading perhaps we'll finally pick   up that hobby we've always admired for many 
of us that sort of Freedom happens when we   Achieve Financial Independence and retire and 
that's exactly what we did I'm Jean that's my   husband Vitali we're in our late 30s and in July 
2021 we retired to Bali Indonesia we get a lot   of people questioning our early retirement with 
comments like you're too young to retire isn't   it boring but the truth of our lives in Bali 
could not be further from what people think our   retirement lives alike so today I thought I'll 
show you the raw and real deal with us here in   Bali by taking you through a typical week in 
our lives here I want to give you an honest   standing of the alternative lifestyle we've 
designed for ourselves at a relatively young   age so you can consider how you are designing 
and planning your own life your own retirement   the options you truly have at your disposal 
and what really might be the best fit for you   hello most days here in Bali starts slow and 
easy we wake up early have morning tea quiet   time maybe a little meditation or journaling and 
we check the self conditions actually to maximize   each day's potential usually the night before 
I would have already planned off the to-do list   and the structure for today's activities and now 
looking at the surf forecast now it's too high for   surfing in the morning so that I'll just have 
to wait till later today in the meantime this   is a great moment to head over to our Pasa 
to pick up some fresh supplies so let's go the meat and chicken ladies closed shop by 10 30 
am so it's best to hustle over there early [Music]   a lot of our freedom retirement life here in Bali 
is also eating well and staying healthy and after   more than a year of living here we've actually 
settled into the pattern of trying to have at   least one home-cooked meal a day we absolutely 
love eating out and eating local here in Bali   especially street food like this what did you 
buy I buy Mullen right banana so everything obviously it can also be really calorific 
and high cholesterol home cooking gives   us the freedom to go more plant-based or 
alternatively for Vitali to enjoy creating   his barbecue Delights very conflicting I know but 
really food is one of the main joys of life no so we've got fruits and vegetables and meat 
for us and bones for the doggy so now it's   time to go back off home but first we make 
another stop [Music] yeah so the pastries   here are really really good so we come here quite 
often to pick up something quick for breakfast so we don't actually work any kind of salary 
employment or do any business here in Bali   instead our living costs here are covered by a 
modest amount of monthly passive income hence   our categorization as technically retired 
if you're interested in the financial side   of things to our life here we actually made 
two videos about it so once about our monthly   living costs here and the other one is about 
how we actually reached retirement I'll link   them down in the description below if you want to 
check them out anyway so the beauty of our setup   here is that our time is actually free from the 
constraints of having to make money for survival   and we get to choose what to keep busy with and 
it's completely not about lazing around every   day doing nothing that gets old really fast it's 
an amazing feeling to you know keep busy and be   productive every day with stuff that you actually 
truly believe in and one of these things for us is   the weekly Youtube upload commitment so Vitaly 
and I started this channel like over two years ago   and for the longest time now it's been 
one video every week every Saturday and   sometimes it's about what we do here 
in Bali like a little live update and   sometimes it's about some thoughts 
that I'd like to share with you guys   we are starting work on a brand new video this 
week so right now it's going to be script writing   for me for the next two to three hours I usually 
work way in advance so I already have my idea   all set up I just have to articulate my thoughts 
around it and think about how to execute the shoot   whilst I'm doing this Vitali is often on his 
guitar or busy with his other responsibilities   he's often managing our rental properties 
and solving small issues that crop out with   the tenants here and there remotely from Bali he 
also spends a lot of time learning new technical   stuff on YouTube and skillshare because that's 
his areas of Interest photography videography   Etc right now with the tide dropping it's just 
about the right time for us to start heading   over to the surf so it's time to pick up Bali 
is our Dream Paradise particularly post Italy   and I both love surfing and it's a luxury to 
live in a place with quality ways like Bali   has and we try to get as much of it as possible 
if not every day then every other day at least okay super nice there are some ways available 
we're gonna suit up and head in the thing is   kind of our daily sport but it's also 
actually something we really love so   to us surfing is not just about exercise 
it's kind of like an art and both Vitaly   and I want to progress in it it does take 
up a considerable amount of time though   between traveling to the spot checking 
for good conditions surfing getting a   coconut to rehydrate driving back showering off 
that's at least three plus hours of each day foreign [Music] all right now so it's a couple of days later 
I've returned a halfway decent script after a   few rewrites that I'm actually happy to 
go shoot with so today is lights camera   and action this usually takes a couple 
of hours or so depending on the type of   video and I need to look tidy so usually 
shoot days are never surf days instead we   usually couple it with errands that we have 
to run there's always stuff each week that   requires us to venture a bit further out of 
our quiet Village Life into more civilization right so now we are at the Bali art supply 
store it's actually a great little place   for arts and crafts Hobbies you know if 
you need supplies they have got a lot   of things especially for watercolors 
acrylics all sorts of painting really   we've got a lot of really great stuff here but 
they actually also sell this stuff off tokopedia   right okay so now we're done here and it's off 
to the next stop this is one of bali's home   renovation Mega stores our bathroom tiles need 
replacing so we checked out some options [Music]   on the way home this is one of 
our favorite stops for lunch so I'm not having rice today but 
this is what I've got another nicely Nasi champor is like the best deal here ever of 
living here in Bali or in Indonesia in general I   mean it's cheap it's always tasty and you know 
you get to choose what you want to have it's   like really easy to go vegetarian or like just cut 
out the meat and yeah super awesome after if I'm   feeling energetic and in the flow I'll set up the 
easel and go outing for a little bit good morning   so now the shoot's all done and for this next 
few days it's just going to be production time editing color grading adding music usually   takes about three to four hours 
each day until the video is done so we love living close to bali's Nature 
it's one of the biggest privileges of being   here in Bali so we keep the house as open 
as we can most of the time but that also   means it gets really really dusty plus 
doggy runs in and out as she pleases so   we do have to clean every day there's a lot of 
upkeep required for the house and the garden so living like this also means we can take 
rest whenever we need and usually this is   just taking a day out of our normal swing of 
things where we can just unplug and stop going Sam Dogan also known as the financial Samurai 
turned living like this fake retirement he himself   stopped working full time since 2012 but after a 
year of the traditional doing nothing retirement   he got bored and he went back to keeping busy with 
his family his Finance website writing books and   managing his Investments including investments 
into art through platforms like today's video   sponsor Masterworks if you two are retired or 
planning for that Investments invariably form   part of the picture in the U.S most Americans 
now believe they need 1.25 million US dollars to   retire comfortably a good 20 up from last year 
traditional investing has been far from enough   with the stock Bond portfolio that Millions rely 
on down 34 this year if you're worried know that   historically in times like these professional 
investors seek out real assets because they can   still deliver gains and help fight inflation not 
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artwork is selling at auction for 26 more than   this time last year outside of 2022 investing 
in art has outpaced the S P 500 over the last 26   years by 131 obviously for most of us investing in 
art has always been a tad Out Of Reach I certainly   can't spend three million dollars on a painting 
but luckily there's Masterworks Masterworks   allows us to invest in multi-million dollar 
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wait list but my subscribers can get Priority   Access using the link in the description people 
have pushed back saying that living like this   isn't truly retired since we're still doing 
some sort of work and getting money in return   I disagree I think the point of our retirement is 
not that we can sit around and do nothing all day   long but that we have the freedom to choose 
what to visit ourselves with and if some of   those Pursuits happen to bring in extra money 
it's not a necessity but it is a nice bonus   the point of our little body life is we chose an 
alternative lifestyle design we chose to content   ourselves with a simpler more economical life 
here one that may even seem perhaps a little   poor or name to some people but it allows us the 
freedom to pursue what we believe in to learn new   things and to live each day slowly with gratitude 
and spend time with the people we love every day   because these are the things I won't want 
to miss out on or defer to much later in   life because having all the free time in the 
world will be pointless without all these   I've always wondered if the traditional retirement 
that Society paddles to us is a bit of a mirage an   endless and aimless vacay gets old pretty quickly 
for many people and Truth yet that is the very   same picture of traditional retirement that's 
painted for most of us to hold in our Mind's   Eye whilst We Trust through layers of toil and 
endure unfulfilling work to reach that Promised   Land then sadly the reality of traditional 
retirement pans out differently for many   people these same people who spend most of their 
lives working so beautifully and will have been   conditioned to live their life around work as 
their dominant priority they never took time off   to develop themselves or develop other interests 
outside of work work was all they need work had   become their identity their purpose in life and 
their social network and in retirement these very   same people often seem to become lost lonely blue 
some even find a way back into a retirement job   personally I thought the whole thing looked a 
little bit like a sub-optimal trade-off and a   lousy lifestyle design after all you can never 
get that lost time in your life back can you   I'm just so grateful that Italia and I achieved 
this together earlier rather than later in our   lives and there are fake retirement in Bali 
is as productive and meaningful as it is to us   I will forever want to be spending our lives 
this way this is a life I will never want to   retire from in the traditional center of the 
world I've learned that it is a misconception to   drive towards unlimited Freedom with our time it's 
really what we do with our free time that counts   if you're still striving out there you may wish 
to consider redesigning your own life to optimize   it to serve you better in the long run I believe 
that by making more conscious choices about how   we want to use the time in our life and how we 
truly want to live we don't need to wait until   retirement to live closer to our true selves 
we are all definitely different people with   different perspectives and priorities so so I know 
my choice may not always be the same as what you   will achieve but I'll be very interested to know 
what you think of our design for life and your   ideal plans for your retirement so let me know 
in the comments below I would love to hear it   thank you so much for watching today's video 
and I guess I will see you next Saturday bye [Music]

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F.I.R.E – 6 Uncomfortable Truths we discovered about Early Retirement & how to mitigate them

foreign hey what are the ugly sides to 
retiring early um aren't you bored every   day just lying around doing nothing don't 
you guys worry about running out of money hey guys welcome back to another beautiful 
day here in Paradise Bali many of you have   been asking me so many questions like the 
above so today I'm gonna run through six   uncomfortable truths about early retirement 
as well as my suggestions for mitigating them   based on our own experiences reaching fire and 
being retired here in Bali Indonesia for the   past two years so uncomfortable truth number 
one retirement is a journey not a destination   for the record lying around all day doing nothing 
in retirement is a myth it's always nice to have   a few days of that here and there but in reality 
you do that for long stretches of time and you're   probably going to be hit very very hard with 
feelings of boredom lack of self-worth and you're   gonna be missing a sense of fulfillment retirement 
isn't a destination like Bali or Boracay it really   is the start of a New Journey in your life it's 
that stretch of time where you finally do those   things you wanted to do but always couldn't 
because you were so busy making money to   survive it can be anything traveling the world 
finally writing that book or studying that say   cross stitch side hustle if you never get past the 
myth you'll probably end up getting bored and then   end up going back to work and missing out on this 
Amazing Life Adventure so like every other journey   start planning what is this epic adventure you 
want to spend your retirement time and money on number two if you got bored during your 
retirement stuff maybe you're doing it wrong   so for a lot of people their retirement Jam 
is about traveling the world right that's a   super common one and it's amazing fun you never 
feel more alive and it's such a great challenge   because actually you need so many different skills 
to travel properly right you need Street smarts to   navigate the towns and scams and other issues 
on the road you need to be able to plan your   itinerary book the best travel deals know how 
to haggle your prices not to mention stuff like   riding a motorbike and scuba diving and at the 
start it's always epic it's so incredible but on excitement and sense of achievement starts to 
plateau and then you're gonna hit that point   of diminishing returns and it wasn't just 
in travel either it was also my painting my   businesses my surviving The Nomad life thingy I 
find that when love to remain largely undirected   most Pursuits actually tend to lose their flavor 
with time another way of putting this is perhaps   you feel yourself falling into stagnation or 
mediocrity thing is if you're early retired on   your own efforts then you're probably more of 
the go-getter and achiever type of person and   the aspect of your personality doesn't 
change just because you're tired you'll   still be looking around and judging if you're 
spending your time meaningfully and productively   to this fix personally I found two solutions 
that worked really well for me one either I   start drilling deep down into the details of 
what I'm doing or two I make it into a business   take my dad baking is his great love in retirement 
but he's not just begging anyhow for the fun of   it the last few years he's in pursuit of baking 
a tastier sourdough bread anyone has ever come   across out of 365 days in a year he is probably 
baked about I'm guessing maybe 400 sourdough   loaves two loaves each bake he tweaks the recipes 
the starter the technique the ingredients he does   some reverse engineering of sourdough bread that's 
commercially sold outside it's been maybe three   years and he's still going strong so he set his 
own special sourdough bread goal and Target and   standards instead of just serving and yogurting 
for fun I became qualified instructors in both   and eventually started both a yoga business and 
a surf school and you know I learned so much   more about both in the whole process whatever 
Pursuit out there if you start really drilling   down there's always more Improvement to be had 
more personal growth to pursue please say you love   Pottery don't just do it aimlessly to pass time 
polish up your skills enter competitions become   a professional Potter do commissions as your 
retirement side hustle or teach pottery classes   when you keep pushing yourself to those higher 
standards because you're either really drilling   down into the craft of it or you're running it 
as an Enterprise you'll find new measures of   productivity therein and you will be bored not to 
mention if you're actually like us on lean fire   whatever site income you generate will help defray 
the cost of your interests and hobbies so you   don't need to tap on your long-term Investments 
isn't that a really good deal so two years ago   at the age of 38 I retired with my husband here 
in Bali it's pretty early by most standards and   it's been a completely amazing journey we've 
learned a lot and I hope the insights we are   sharing with you guys are useful if you're on 
your own fire Journey or already neck deep in   retirement smack that like button share with us in 
the comments below what your retirement looks like   so far how you're keeping busy and whether you 
agree or disagree with the points we made here   now on to the third uncomfortable truth it's 
hard that you must defend your time you probably   retired so you can spend your time doing however 
you please whenever you please most of us will   have spent the vast majority of Our Lives 
thus far making a living which means usually   someone else is directing your time either your 
boss or your clients and we get really used to   that so then in retirement self-directing your 
time becomes something new and kind of foreign   and if you look at retired folks in Singapore 
after working jobs that entire lives most of   them graduate on in retirement working as free 
child care services for their grandchildren   if that's their ultimate dream and for some 
traditional older folks it definitely is then   it's wonderful I'm really happy for them but 
for some it may not really be that but they   find themselves doing it anyway kind of like by 
default because they're just so used to allowing   someone else to direct their time for them there's 
always going to be people around who will try to   take advantage of your free time asking you to 
run errands for them perhaps or like for us here   in Bali we get so many requests from both people 
we know personally and complete strangers of the   internet asking us to do stuff like plan their 
holidays show them around Bali Etc of course we   love hosting close friends and family and we 
enjoy helping people generally but sensibly   speaking our own private lives would just vanish 
if we were to entertain all the requests we get   you'll need to learn how to say no to people and 
how to strike balance retirement is as much about   sharing your time with the people who matter 
to you as it is about having time for your own   personal growth and development just be aware 
uncomfortable truth number four it's probably   gonna be just you and your significant other from 
now on out so upon retirement your social scene is   going to change drastically everyone else is at 
work or busy with their own stuff you're either   gonna have to learn to enjoy your own company 
a lot or if you're lucky enough to have retired   with your significant other that's who you'll 
probably be spending majority of your retirement   with so best learn to get along companionably good 
communication is key as it's just generally being   a considerate and respectful human being through 
the pandemic and on the road this past decade   I've seen so many people who seem really surprised 
by the person the other half truly is when they   start retirement and start traveling together 
24 7 a day but building that Comfort to do   stuff by yourself and building that wonderful 
relationship with your other half can also   possibly be the most rewarding part of your 
retirement journey and your personal growth   before I share with you the fifth uncomfortable 
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uncomfortable truth number five your money plans   are never as foolproof as you think all retirement 
whether it's the regular kind or fire really all   boils down to the financial planning behind it 
right and the most uncomfortable truth of all   may be that your retirement funds are never 
as foolproof as you plan for especially if   your plans are supposed to spend 30 40 even 50 
years in the case of early retirement expert   predictions and assumptions go wrong you made a 
mistake in your portfolio planning because of all   the buyers that we all carry Bear markets happen 
blacks on events gray Rhino events so many things   no matter the plan no matter how much stress 
testing you did before you dove into it the   unexpected often happens and the sooner you come 
to terms with this uncomfortable truth the sooner   you can move on to hatching against the risks 
You can predict most retirees they're working   their financial planning and less Aid around 
the four percent drawdown rule right so the   U.S stock market has had a phenomenal Run for the 
last 10 12 years or so now of course things are   looking a little different for the foreseeable 
future so those who have been conservative and   who have refrained from tapping their long-term 
investments will have more breeding space now   to ride out this bear Market however long it may 
last friends who have been following our journey   for a while now know that a dominant portion of 
our retirement here in Bali consists of rental   income from a number of real estate Investments 
and unfortunately in the last two years since   we started retirement Europe is a game at War 
soaring Energy prices have driven up the cost   of living across the world and everywhere massive 
inflation is now a huge issue thankfully we have   so far managed to resolve whatever disruptions 
we've experienced but basically yet another   uncomfortable truth in retirement is that managing 
your money to make it last till the end takes up   more time than you think don't just go to sleep on 
it continually look to diversify the eggs in your   basket and be open to adjusting your money plans 
like rebalancing your portfolio or changing how   you invest your retirement Arsenal as different 
opportunities present themselves for time you may   not need to work for money any longer but doing 
stuff that fuels your personal growth and that   generates some extra side income as a bonus is 
never a Bad Thing uncomfortable truth number six   no point sweating the small stuff y'all know I'm 
a big fan of simple frugal living and no pretenses   whereas happy dining in a fancy restaurant 
as we are eating at the local War rooms here   sometimes more happy actually but many of us 
can also easily get carried away diving into   with the itsy bitsy details of frugal living you 
know spending two hours here looking up deals and   coupons that end up saving you 10 bucks three 
hours there figuring out how to maximize your   air miles should you lock in that 3.5 fixed 
deposit rate now or wait till next week where   maybe it might be 3.7 I mean it can be fun 
and then it can also be a lousy use of your   time you can do it if you enjoy the challenge 
just know that so long as you get the big stuff   right your retirement is probably going to work 
out just fine so don't sweat the small stuff   big things include stuff like keeping on top 
of your overall General expenses you know doing   your taxes right maintaining a balance then 
Diversified portfolio so as long as you keep   on top of all of that I think that's about 95 of 
the big picture really conversely what I'm also   saying is that if you blow up your retirement 
finances by for example trying to go big or go   home on crypto no amount of coupon cutting is 
gonna save you from having to go back to a job   so yeah that's my take on not sweating the small 
stuff we're all retire at some point of Our Lives   whether early or late voluntarily or unwillingly 
it all boils down to choice and advanced planning   just what I've personally observed is that if 
you cut out all the noise and distraction in   life what do you think are the real currencies we 
truly traded the way I see it is four things it's   money time Youth and health just think about it 
everything we do throughout our entire lives is   really us trading one of these for the other an 
early retirement is that one anomaly where you are   in a position to spend all four currencies at once 
simultaneously and that maximizes your experience   of life a really clear illustration of this is 
traveling you can travel in your 60s and 70s sure   that's what most people will end up doing and it's 
great you know you see these folks really enjoying   seeing new things being very happy but it's often 
in the form of like lots of cruise trips around   the world and that's cool too but they'll never 
experience what it's like to try learning to surf   or sail and getting all salty and burned and 
muscle achy but happily exhausted oh they'll   never try anything more vigorous and adventurous 
like say backpacking your way through Europe you   know crushing in new hostels meeting crazy people 
from Iceland or wherever and doing silly things   together we all have two lives the life that we 
currently live and the life we could possibly live   so then which life would you choose tell me in 
the comments below and don't tell me you wouldn't   retire early because you just wouldn't really know 
what to do that's just a cop-out answer because   yeah well you're too lazy to do the legwork 
and try new stuff and understand yourself   thanks for watching as always speak 
again next Saturday bye foreign

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How We Retired Early and Quit Our 9-5 Jobs: Money-Saving Secrets Revealed!

People are always asking us how did we retire early and quit our 9-5 jobs. But before we get into that today, I'm Sarah. I'm Olivier and our channel is called "Enjoy Retirement Life". So one of the first things we did was to have a look at our debt and to see if we could reduce it in any way. And the other thing was to look at our weekly spending and to see if we could trim that back.

So when we started to analyse our debt, we figured out that there were two cars. Why do we need two cars? I don't know, because where was your car all week? On the drive. Because where did you work? I was commuting to London. I used a train. The train is very expensive as well. So we decided we didn't need two cars. I actually had a car loan on mine. So we decided to sell mine, clear the loan. And basically I ended up with a bit of an upgrade because he had a much nicer car than me. So we just had one car, no mortgage, nothing. Win-win, because I had a decent car and we were paying less each month. So we noticed as well the number two in our spending was the TV subscriptions. We have, how many do we have? We have ***, we have ***** Video, we have ******* and even ****** Channel for our children. A lot.

That is too much because we don't have time to watch all these channels at the same time. So we had to make some decisions about which ones we were going to keep and which ones we were going to give up. And actually that was quite a nice saving, wasn't it? Every month. Very nice saving. So we kept just one, the one we watched the most and all the others, we cancelled. And we haven't really missed them, have we? Not at all.

To be honest. So one of the other things we noticed was how much money we were spending on restaurants each month. So we love going to restaurants, whether it's on our own or with friends, but we decided as we wanted to quit our jobs and retire early, perhaps we should save money by switching to takeaways. So that worked for a while. Until our kids ordered a pizza from our favourite place and I almost had a heart attack when I saw the bill. They ordered four pizzas and some nibbles and the bill was 60 quid. Don't forget pizza is flour, salt, water and baking powder. It's true. A little bit of toppings, that's it. 60 quid. So from then on our kitchen at home became a pizza kitchen and we did it ourselves and we saved even more money. So that was another win. A win, win. Again. Another point where we noticed we spend a lot of money is on food and we spend a lot of money on supermarkets.

It's not what we were buying, it's where we were buying. So we made a switch. We went for a lower cost supermarket and we were quite surprised because the prices were good and the food was very similar quality. For example, if you buy pasta in one supermarket, and pasta to the other supermarket, the only difference is the label because it's still flour and water inside. And some eggs. Yeah. So another plus was that there was a better selection of wine and actually that was less expensive too. So it was another win. A win for us because we love wine. So another way that we started to save money was also to think about leftovers and how much we had left in the fridge and what was going to waste each week. I don't like to waste food. No, he really doesn't like to waste food. Even if I need to eat the same thing for one week, I'm going to do it.

So we started to make shopping lists, really plan the meals for the week and then make sure that we were cooking enough so we could eat the same thing. Maybe not the next day. So I introduced to your family, the leftovers. We need to eat the leftovers. Yeah, the problem was before that we didn't have any leftovers. Yes, they ate everything. Anyway, we cooked a bit more. And of course, there's economy of scale and it means that you've got some for maybe a couple of days' time. Because the benefits to cooking more, you use the same gas, you use the same electricity, you just buy a little bit more food and you can switch that for this day and to another day.

And actually for us, when it was a night where we didn't have to cook, it was brilliant. We could just put our feet up after a day at work and enjoy the fact that the food was already in the fridge and we just had to heat it up. So not only did we save money, it was very convenient too. Yeah. As you notice, it was very easy to save money each month and that was part of educating our brain to our new retirement journey. Because we knew that in the end when we retired early, we had a five-year plan, that we wouldn't have a monthly pay check anymore. We would be too early for a pension and probably not able to get any support from the government. So we knew that we had to adjust to having less money. So not only did we save money, we also re-educated ourselves about how to live, what was important. With less things because we don't need all these things. So that was one part of our journey to quit the 9-5. It's kind of an essential part that we needed to go through.

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6 Retirement Essentials (Most people only prepared 2 or 3)

I'm planning for retirement most people focus 
mostly on marshaling together enough money you   know Financial Resources so that they can last 
the distance and then maybe at the back of their   heads they have some vague plan right perhaps 
two or three things to fill the time with a lot   of the times this is stuff like travel family 
well unfortunately I'm gonna say that's not   quite nearly enough for Preparation we ourselves 
have been retired for two years and going looking   back on the past two years I kind of see like 
six essential things that if you prep for it   beforehand before your retirement starts I think 
this can really make such a positive difference   to your retirement so that's what I wanted 
to bring up and discuss with you guys today   number one first and foremost of course we have 
to talk about money most people's concern is the   amount of money that they have in retirement 
whether it will last them till the end come   comfortably and allow them to afford the Hobbies 
like travel good food Etc but I actually think   after going through the last two years building up 
our financial Acumen is just as important if not   more so what do I mean by Financial Acumen I mean 
stuff like budgeting tracking projecting investing   I mean if you think about it the money in your 
bank account can always be squandered we all   know that story I think more importantly what's 
going to make your retirement more fireproof is   having an ability to generate more money where 
it came from in the first place so the second   essential thing that you can prepare for so that 
you have a wonderful retirement it's definitely   the ability to be self-directing and disciplined 
self-direction definitely helps so much with   spending your retirement days meaningfully right 
after all there are no more like work schedules   or like demands from colleagues or bosses to help 
shape your days anymore you have to be the person   to take charge in retirement there's a study out 
there actually that shows that for happily retired   folks most of them actually have about 3.6 core 
Pursuits that's what they say and the unheably   retired folks tend to have less than 3.6 corporate 
suits coming in at about 1.9 call Pursuits that's   what the study reflected I guess it kind of just 
shows in retirement you really need to fill your   life to the brim and keep busy with activities 
you love and that is a really great formula for   happiness and self-direction will help you 
to achieve that state as well as discipline   because if you think about it like discipline 
directly affects the state of your finances right   it affects whether you stick with your retirement 
planning whether you keep fit and active and you   get to maintain your health in retirement even 
whilst you're left up to your own devices even   to find your cover suits if you don't have any 
when you're starting or in your retirement so   discipline and self-direction will be like 
the building blocks for enjoying your life   in retirement the third essential thing you might 
want to work on and cultivate or happy retirement   is people skills right so studies and research 
have reflected very consistently that the main   determining factor for happiness and Longevity 
for most of us is actually relationships Human   Relationships friendships relationship with 
your spouse and with your family I guess if   you look at most of us you know we all have 
a little need of work on some social skills   in some aspect I mean some of us are a bit shy 
paper hats or graph or maybe socially anxious   working on our people skills really will help us 
to get along and live happily with our spouse and   family members and also importantly to make 
new friendships at whatever age we all know   that making new friends gets a lot more difficult 
as we get older I mean I haven't heard anyone say   otherwise for me personally making new friends 
as I get older is the biggest challenge there's   this huge feeling that nothing can replace 
friendships with people who have known you   all your life but it is also a challenge as I 
have chosen to exercise through Arbitrage in   our retirement and we've moved away from home 
so those friends aren't with us in our present   I find that it takes a lot of intention I have 
to consciously push myself to broaden my Social   Circles and make the effort to get to know people 
on a more intimate basis I am also very happy   to be able to say that it has paid off in that for 
the last two years in Bali I have actually made   two or three new friends that I'm happy to say are 
kindred spirits and not just social acquaintances   so that's very nice and it's a huge Comfort to our 
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MooMoo ad using my link in the description below   now back to the video the fourth essential 
thing that you can definitely work on and that   will benefit your retirement tremendously it's 
actually courage you're definitely gonna need lots   of courage in retirement and I guess this isn't 
a skill exactly it's kind of more of a quality   but in retirement you need a lot of courage 
to even plunge into retirement you need the   courage to you know take that leap of faith to 
stop putting it off due to fear of the unknown   feel or financial insecurities so then it's all 
about courage at that stage not let fear and   insecurity rule your life and your decisions it 
is also the courage to recognize that in life at   the start at the end in the middle the Domino's 
you need are never all nicely lined up you know   at some point you just got to jump into it and 
then learn to cross the obstacles as they come   so for retirement long term I guess the 
biggest issue most commonly is always money   but my perspective on this is that hey budgets 
can always be reduced money can always be earned   or recouped or whatever happens so I still 
think that you know it is actually beneficial   to Advocate an approach whereby you get to 
a point where you feel that you have most of   your Ducks lined up you've planned well you've 
prepped for it grab hold of your courage with   both hands and then take the plunge people tend 
to think of retirement as the end but it's not   it's the start of a new phase where you should be 
trying so many new things new Pursuits new ways   to live and for each of these new adventures 
you're gonna need courage to take action and   once you have taken the plunge you'll find the 
next fifth thing very very useful and that would   be a mentality of resilience especially in early 
retirement there are a lot more decades ahead of   you you know and therefore a lot more chances that 
they things can go wrong whether it be down to bad   financial planning or perhaps an unexpected Health 
catastrophe or even sometimes natural disasters   whatever comes I guess you will always need that 
strength of Will and the resilience so that you   can roll with the punches and then get back up 
you want to know that you have the mental strength   that even if things go pear-shaped you won't just 
give up and lose hope and certain Corner you've   got to Marshall what you've got inside you go out 
there find Solutions perhaps if necessary you've   got to go back to work but know that later on 
you can return to retirement and try again so the   sex essential thing that I believe will benefit 
everyone in retirement is to cultivate an attitude   of gratitude we all know life is a very long 
journey hopefully at least and so much of what   we Chase using most of our years actually doesn't 
really matter in the big picture once you have   taken a step back and then at that point is when 
you start realizing the earlier you cultivate and   attitude of gratitude and that appreciation for 
the simple little things that are probably around   you everywhere every day the happier you probably 
will be and it sounds silly but it's not really   automatic I mean we all live and grow up and 
work and go to school in a society that kind of   innovates us with messages that we need to reach 
for more have more ambition gives us you know that   High definitions of success in life that we 
have to try to jump to reach and nobody sings   the Praises of the pleasures of a simple cup of 
tea you know the importance of family time with   your loved ones or or just the pleasure of being 
able to take an evening walk on the beach with   your dog so I think that it's very important that 
somebody reminds you that you know you can not   overload what you already have what you're already 
surrounded by growing that muscle of appreciation   so that in each and every moment you are present 
in your own life you see all the little Joys that   you're surrounded with every day and if you 
live life like that I think that will help   you achieve contentment with just the small stuff 
around you and that's what majority of your life   in retirement may be about is just a small stuff 
every day but in my own retirement here in Bali it   is what makes me so grateful and so happy every 
day that I am surrounded by my loving husband   and very interesting and independent little dog 
that's very very cute you know that we have very   comfortable a bit simple house we have the ability 
to enjoy good food even if it's simple stuff   from the war rooms locally we have a garden and 
beautiful things are growing around us every day   the weather is great you know stuff is good yeah 
I think this is one of the most essential simple   things that's often overlooked simply because it's 
a matter of mentality but I believe this essential   quality or characteristic could make all the 
difference for you so these are the six essential   things that I believe are very very important for 
you to cultivate and prepare for in the leader to   actually taking the plunge into a return then I 
think that if you have these six strong skills and   qualities going for you you will be in a position 
much more well placed to make the best out of your   retirement however long that period may be let me 
know what you think of my suggestions whether you   agree or if you think they suck let me know why 
but in any event I really appreciate you tuning   in and sharing my thoughts for this week and 
wherever you are in the world I'm wishing you   a happy Saturday evening and let's speak again 
next week till then you take care and bye for now

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