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.
[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
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