My name is Steven Gilbert. And I write about financial independence because I'm a diligent student of financial independence. While I come from humble beginnings, I've reached FI before the age of 30 because I read a lot, live frugally, save more than 75% of my earnings, and invest in low cost index funds. And I teach financial literacy here on WealthMeta.com and share my opinions on money and financial independence at GilbertIndex.com. If you spend time around these parts, you will likely be in the top 1% in terms of financial savviness and set yourself on a path to financial freedom.
For now, if you'd like a head start on that path:
Number 1: If you're in debt, get out of it. Now. Hurry. And don't let anyone tell you different. Debt is evil. Debt is wretched and smells and is the antithesis to financial freedom.
Number 2: Learn what compounding is. And understand how it can make you rich beyond your dreams. Marry compounding. Love compounding. Respect compounding.
Number 3: Find ways to make your money compound (e.g., low cost broad-based index funds).
More to come.
I'm from New Jersey originally. Did my undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And I'm currently in deferral at UC Berkeley Law School.