Mad Fientist Interview

I was recently interviewed for the Mad Fientist podcast.

Go take a listen to it here.

We talked about how I got to where I am, my motivations, my writing, my education, and how I go about with my real estate investing.

In other news, I feel a bit like I’ve been neglecting my readers here. I’ve been too busy having fun going for bike rides, starting a big vegetable garden, and hanging out with my friends. I used to do a lot of my writing during downtime at work or while on the commuter train. Now that I no longer have that kind of downtime built into my schedule writing is always competing with a lot of tempting activities.

I have had some successful job interviews at various places in the past few weeks and am expecting to be working again within the next couple of months. I’m sure being back to work after almost a year of not working will give me plenty to write about and more downtime to write it in. I haven’t worked since I quit my part-time job last September. It’s easy for the non-working life to feel ‘normal’ and there’s nothing like a 9-5er to remind me how good I’ve got it. The good news is that with any of these jobs, plus my rental income, I ought to be able to save enough to pay cash for another couple of houses within the next 6-12 months. At which point I’ll be thinking about transitioning from calling myself FI to declaring myself “retired”.

And if I end up taking a “permanent” job instead of a contract job, or have a contract job that turns into a permanent job, then I’ll have to deal with when exactly to pull the plug since I’ll have to balance my desire to pad my savings ever higher against my desire to be free from a job, the so-called ‘golden handcuffs’ problem. But that’s going to depend on a lot of things that are unknown right now, like how much I enjoy the work and how well my rental investments are doing. I could see myself hanging on for an extra year or two beyond what it takes for me to get my additional rental properties, just to pad the coffers and be extra safe. Though I could also see myself quitting work just a couple of months after I’ve got my 4th rental setup. We’ll see.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted June 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Mike, thank you again for taking part in the podcast! Even though I listened to the interview numerous times when I was editing it, I still ended up listening to the entire thing again today because it is such a great listen.

    Take care and hopefully I’ll speak to you again soon.

  2. Posted June 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    loved the interview, Mike. But it did remind me it has been a while since we had coffee….

    What a delicious irony, you’ll have more time to write once you’re working again. Somewhat disturbingly, I understand this. :)

    Options. The beauty of FI.

  3. g.mo
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    You are my favorite.

  4. Spoonman
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link to the podcast, and thanks for taking the time to share your story with the community. Your voice is very much like I imagined it =).

    I’ve been looking for a financial independence podcast for a long time, mad FIentist is an awesome podcast!

  5. Jeff
    Posted June 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for some time and really enjoyed listening to the podcast. I think it is great that you have been able to identify and implement your financial goals so clearly at such a relatively young age. I wish I could have had that level of clarity many years ago. Congratulations on your accomplishments with your education and with the real estate investments. It opens up a lot of options for you. I was amazed (though not that surprised) to find out you were the only one from your coworkers to take advantage of such great education benefits when you worked for the utility. A great benefit yet inexpensive for the company with such low participation. Thanks for sharing through the blog and the podcast.

  6. Posted July 7, 2013 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Great interview! Really interesting to listen to.

    Please don’t neglect your readers, it’s great to read your posts and I look forward to new ones whenever they arrive.