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Jonathan Returns: Upside Down Economics and the Priceless Value of a Great Question | Ep 465

In this episode: lessons from failure, curiosity, mastering the small things, skilling up, and the value of time.

The return of Jonathan! Yes, Jonathan is returning to the show to catch us up on the work he’s been doing behind the scenes over the last year and a half, the value of freeing up your time, skill spending, and the importance of focusing on the little things while keeping the bigger picture in mind. Whether it’s when you’re just starting your FI journey or if it’s in other areas of your life, failure and mistakes can be inevitable. However, they should never keep you from trying to build and create the life you are working towards! One of the key lessons taught in FI is to change your mindset from one of scarcity to one of growth, and part of that challenge means identifying failures and taking action to learn from them. While working towards your own “big picture” on this journey, don’t forget to focus on the smaller things. It will allow you to pay closer attention to what you are doing right and wrong and make it easier for you to pivot and reevaluate when necessary! This journey is not just about reaching that final goal but about using the knowledge and lessons learned along the way to make life a little bit freer and a little bit easier!


  • 0:22 – Introduction
  • 1:26 – Update From Jonathan/Lessons From Failure
  • 8:53 – The Curious Mindset
  • 17:57 – Failing Forward and The Small Things
  • 27:42 – The Importance of Skilling Up in Today’s World
  • 36:30 – Your Most Valuable Non-Renewable Resource
  • 44:11 – Paying Off The Mortgage/Donor Advised Funds
  • 59:19 – Conclusion

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