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088R | What Have You Built?

In this episode: which cities are the best for pursuing financial independence, how to hack your career, ideas for building a side hustle, and how to assess the return on your college investment.

  • Jonathan is considering decluttering his gym.
  • How can you motivate yourself to get fitter?
  • What is the return on your college investment?
  • Are there specific courses of study that are more valuable than others?
  • Programming is a growing field that doesn’t necessarily require a college education.
  • How can you make changes in your life to get where you want to go?
  • Is it okay to take a step back before you move forward?
  • If you need a partner to help you build – find a partner.
  • Don’t follow the standard path – figure out what gets you excited and carve your own path.
  • Feedback from the community in response to a Facebook message from Colby about career hacking.
    • In some geographic locations, your money goes farther.
    • There are often fewer jobs in less population-dense locations, but if the demand is high some jobs can still be quite lucrative.
    • Build your talent stack.
    • Look at the skills the people who work above you possess, and develop those skills.
    • Dress like a manager.
    • Work hard, offer to help the people around you, show gratitude, and be humble.
  • Mengdi leaves a voicemail asking if it’s possible to earn a raise as a pharmacist.  
  • Message from Danny asking about a list of the best cities to live in for FI.
    • Richmond, Va.
    • Denver, Co.
  • Super active ChooseFI local groups:
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Dallas, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • New York, NY
  • Atlanta, GA.
  • Houston, TX.
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Tampa, FL
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • St. Louis
  • Voicemail from Sascha looking for advice about online side hustles.
  • Does a side hustle have to be a brand-new idea?

Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode:


Ask a Manager: Guide to Asking for a Raise

Top 10 Best Cities For Financial Independence

030 | The Side Hustle | The Unspoken Lever of FI

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