E56: Andrew Fichter

from Shift Upwards

Shift Upwards



Andrew Fichter is the author of the blog, Shift Upwards. Here he talks about his unhappiness that he felt at his regular 9-5 and goes through the steps he took to eventually quit. After paying back $20,000 in student loans and saving about $45,000 he decided to take the plunge and retire from full time work to try out other avenues that peaked his creativity.

Welcome!

[2:52] So you have been semi-retired for about 6 months. How’s it been?
·       September 1, 2017 was the last day
[3:22] What was your first day of not going to work like?
·       Last day of work- was a normal day
·       Labor Day weekend- drank beer and went hiking with wife
·       Strange not going to work
[10:27] If you could go back and change one decision you made, what would it be?
·       I’m not really sure
·       Even the bad decisions have shaped me
·       I would have decided to invest sooner
[12:42] Tell us about Shift Upwards
·       Niche- finance blog
·       Writes about how to use your money to live your best life
·       Prioritizing what makes you happy
[14:11] What are the goals that you have for the next year for your blog?
·       To network more and grow a larger readership
·       To find my tribe
[15:29] What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about quitting their job to pursue their dream?
·       Start off with giving yourself permission
·       Don’t let naysayers stop you
·       Plan

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Value Link Round (VLR)

[17:37] Why do you think people struggle to achieve their dreams?
·       It’s hard
·       People want to take the path of the least resistance
·       People stay in their comfort zones
[19:5] What other books or podcasts do you recommend?
·       Podcast: Afford Anything, Stacking Benjamins, Planet Money: The Indicator

[21:0] Do you have a favorite quote?
·       Release the illusion of security within a fixed future and allow life to surprise you instead.
[22:15] Any last piece of advice?
·       Try to do little things everyday

This millennial quit his job to pursue his dreams

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