Author Archives: Jordan

Things happen, and sometimes it sucks

As you may have noticed, my timeline for releasing episodes (which I’ve intentionally left vague) has gotten a bit wonky. However, there is a reason for that, and I wanted to take an opportunity to explain some of the things that have happened, and some of the things I was trying to do. There will be some background here, and while I’ve talked about this a lot, I don’t know that I’ve talked about it here. Forgive me if I repeat myself, or if you’ve already heard.

In Episode 001, I mentioned that I am a Software Engineer by trade, and the art and science of Catching FIRE is a goal/hobby of mine, not my life or my job. I want to share my experience, my thoughts, and my understanding. One thing I have been aware of is that Software Engineering as a profession is a pretty lucrative one, and not everyone has that opportunity. To that end, I decided to experiment with a different kind of position, to better get a sense of what it is like for people in that situation.

Let’s begin with the premise, and the assumptions, shall we?

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Profiles in Prosperity

I’ve seen it happen more than I’d care to admit. It starts innocently enough.

Maybe it was around this time of year, and you just found out you owe some money to the IRS. You Google around and stumble across Jeremy’s Never Pay Taxes Again post, and it makes sense. You dig a bit deeper and get a glimpse into the life he and Winnie created.

Or maybe throughout the course of your day, you saw the Business Insider article talking about how Joe and Ali from Adventuring Along are travelling the world after retiring from being teachers.

Perhaps you were checking out your market returns, or researching a company, and you found this Fiscal Times article about the Everyday Millionaire.

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Episode 002 – Happiness & Low Hanging Fruit

Now we’re cooking with FIRE!! Second episode wasn’t nearly as rough as the first one. Still rougher than I wanted, but it is up! A lot more focus on content and less on the format. Without further ado, here it is:

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Episode 001 Retrospective

Well, I did it. Episode 001 is done. I’ve received a fair amount of feedback privately, which is nice, but also makes me wonder about the amount of work I put into the polls and feedback stuff allowing for public feedback. It’s still early though, so I’m not that worried about it. It’s been said that I’m my own worst critic. So what have I learned, and what did I think?

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After Action Episode?

I’ve still got some feedback to go through, but now that I’ve started, it’s a bit difficult for me to wait for the next episode to start implementing changes. Of course, the content of the show would suffer if I rushed, and since providing a valuable show is the main point, I’m not going to let my excitement get in the way of that. So what is one to do?

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