Cody Berman, a 22-year-old recent college graduate and second generation FI, talks about embracing frugality, saving and investing in his youth, optimizing a path through college, and getting his Disc Golf business off the ground.
What you will learn:
- How did Cody get started down the path the FI?
- How did Cody become familiar with the concepts of compound interest and the Rule of 72?
- How did Cody’s dad encourage saving money when he was really young?
- When did Cody start his first job?
- How did Cody’s mom encourage his understanding of time as his most valuable asset, instead of money?
- Why did Cody turn down the highly competitive, high paying internships in college, and how did people respond?
- What advice would Cody give to peers or someone a few years younger than him, to get an even better start toward financial independence?
- What are the long-term financial benefits of CLEP tests and AP exams?
- Cody recommends applying for one scholarship a day. Where should someone start?
- What hack does Cody recommend for someone who needs to apply for a large number of scholarships or jobs?
- What advice would Cody give to a student beginning college?
- How much research did Cody do prior to choosing a job during college?
- What makes a great college job?
- What inspired Cody to start a side hustle and how did he settle on what?
- What makes Disc Golf a great FI hobby?
- How did Cody identify the niche that his business fits into?
- Is Arsenal Discs what Cody hoped it would be?
- What’s the time commitment to maintain the business?
- What is Cody’s frustration with the current FI conversation, and why doesn’t he have a FI number?
- Why not follow your passions now?
- Was Cody able to finish college early with AP credits?
- What is the benefit of ride-sharing and house-sharing businesses, and how does Cody take advantage of these opportunities?
Resources and links mentioned in the show:
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