001 | ChooseFI Podcast: A Finance Podcast for the Middle Class

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Introducing a Finance Podcast by FIRE for FIRE

In Today’s Podcast we cover:

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Welcome to Choose FI’s first podcast from Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett

What  the ChooseFI finance podcast is all about:

  • This is a finance podcast by the FIRE community and for the FIRE community
  • Build a gathering place for the entire Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) community
  • Experiments in Financial Independence: Battle test ideas and see what works
  • The “American Dream” isn’t the path you want to take.  FIRE is what we’re after.
  • Take control back in your life
  • How Jonathan took on massive ($168k) student loan debt to go to pharmacy school
  • Jonathan’s 14 year journey feels like a “hamster wheel” of debt just to get back to $0 net worth
  • What are the skills you can learn for free (or close) to earn and invest in a smarter way?
  • Build a finance podcast that's accessible and document our experiments so everyone can see every step of the way
  • What steps do you need to take to gain financial independence?
  • How do you find what you love and scale that to work for you?
  • Passive Income from multiple sources: Put the work in upfront, systematize it and scale it.
  • Learning new things and expanding horizons can lead to a bright future
  • Having control over your life is priceless and FI can give you that
  • Information sources like finance podcast and books are essential to give you new ideas and tips
  • You have to start learning new skills to help you in the future. Get off the couch.
  • Build a skill set where you’re in the top 20% of a lot of skills and put random things together
  • Experiment List for 2017: We need your input!


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How to connect with the ChooseFI Radio Podcast | A Finance Podcast

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  • Leave a voicemail comment for us
  • Subscribe by texting ChooseFI one word to 44222

Books Mentioned in the Show:

Tweetable Quotes:

  • We want to teach you what financial independence is all about
  • We want to convince you that what society has told you is the “American Dream” really sucks
  • What is the most efficient path?  What is the road less traveled?
  • What are the steps you can take from corporate drone to being financially independent?
  • Retirement doesn’t mean sitting on the beach sipping Pina Coladas.  We’re talking
  • Financial independence is finding the work you love and doing that.
  • Having control over your life is priceless.
  • If all you’re watching is Grey’s Anatomy reruns, you’re not going to get there.
  • In the past 3 months I have learned no less than 150 new skills.  I promise you.


2 thoughts on “001 | ChooseFI Podcast: A Finance Podcast for the Middle Class

  1. Found your podcast today and, while you sound like two bright guys, your understanding of the “American Dream” is uninformed and wrong. You would do yourselves and the audience you want to attract by learning what it is and appreciating how that dream informs what you are chasing with choosefi.com. There is a link below your quotes from podcast 1 and, hopefully, you’ll record a podcast in which you share what you learned. Good luck:

    “The “American Dream” isn’t the path you want to take. FIRE is what we’re after.”

    “We want to convince you that what society has told you is the “American Dream” really sucks.”


    • I think you have a point to a degree. I think the larger point that Brad was making in that episode was the American dream has been co-opted/corrupted by commercialism and marketing and essentially the need to own lots of cool “stuff.” However the stuff you own, ends up owning you. This is a personal finance show not a political vehicle, and our only real goal is helping people buy back their freedom and regain control of their lives from the vicious cycle of lifestyle inflation. Listen to a couple episodes and hopefully that will come across. 🙂 Thanks for the feedback

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