Radical Personal Finance – Part One

A couple of months ago, a guy named Joshua emailed me to ask if I’d be a guest on his new show – the Radical Personal Finance podcast. I agreed and we ended up having a very interesting two-hour conversation, which he published to his site.

Since then, however, Joshua has been forced to take down his podcast (for undisclosed reasons) and since he’s not sure when he’ll be able to put it back up again, he has agreed to let me publish our interview here (thanks!).

I couldn’t bear to hear myself talk for a full two hours though so I decided to edit the interview down into two smaller parts and today, I am publishing part one.

It was great being on the other side of the interview for once so hopefully you enjoy hearing a bit about my personal journey to financial independence.

Update: Joshua’s podcast is back!

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  • Different Paths to FI
  • Frugality and Sacrifice
  • How to Have an Expensive Hobby
  • Travel Hacking
  • Slow Travel

In part two of the interview, we dive into some complex but very powerful strategies for pursuing financial independence and early retirement.

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10 comments for “Radical Personal Finance – Part One

  1. Prob8
    October 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I was wondering where RPF went. Hopefully he is back on the air soon as he was getting some good guests. Thanks for posting the abridged version of part one. I enjoyed it.

    • The Mad Fientist
      October 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, Prob8. I too hope he’s able to get the podcast up and running again soon.

      Looking forward to getting together in St. Louis in a couple of weeks!

  2. Chris
    October 9, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Hey Mad that was fun to listen to. Thanks for sharing your work!


    • The Mad Fientist
      October 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

      My pleasure, Chris.

      In the other half of the interview, we dive into some really interesting topics so hopefully you enjoy the second part as well!

  3. Dstreet6
    October 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing and it definitely helps put things in perspective what the ultimate goal is. Also enjoyed the Travel Hacking portion.

    • The Mad Fientist
      October 10, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Great, glad you enjoyed it. I just posted the second half of the interview so let me know what you think!

  4. MightyTravels
    March 17, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Travel hacking is just one way of making more than what a dollar is worth. I think that for all expenses in live there is a hack these days. Hacking Chipotle anyone?

    • The Mad Fientist
      March 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

      I completely agree (and now I want a burrito) :)

  5. Andy L
    July 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Joshua at Radical Personal Finance relaunched his podcasts & website this month. He’s making good progress at getting a new podcast out nearly every weekday. Check it out at http://radicalpersonalfinance.com/

  6. Dave
    April 12, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Cool interview. Your approach to travel hatching is brilliant.

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