On August 13, 2013, I reached out to a guy named Scott Bold who blogs at scottbold.com. I saw a comment from him on a site I was reading and I found his story to be incredibly interesting. I instantly connected with his way of thinking and living. Here’s the email I pieced together and sent to him later that day.
KraigTake care and hopefully, we can talk soon.If you’re up for talking sometime, let me know. I really want to connect with more people who think like me and better yet, are doing the same thing as I am right now. As you know, it’s a pretty rare thing to do.Hi Scott, I’m Kraig from http://createmyindependence.com. Interestingly enough, I’m in a similar situation to you. I left my job last month (not quite 6 figures, but not far off) to start my own business. I agree with every single one of your articles talking about why now is the time.Anyway, I’m excited to have found your site today (from PaidtoExist, I think), and I’d love to connect with you and chat. We’re on very similar journeys.
This past week, I made a new friend. Things are heating up with my progress in connecting with like-minded people out there in the world. This is one of the best things my blog has done for me. Of course, you can connect with all kinds of awesome people as well by starting a blog.
Scott and I had a long conversation a few days ago and it didn’t take me long to extend him an invitation to join me on The Chasing Financial Freedom Podcast for episode #6.
What’s Covered in Episode #6
In this episode, Scott shares his story with us. He’s in his twenties and recently came out of a five year job that he was under contract at. Throughout his time there, he felt trapped, a feeling I remember clearly. He decided to do something about it by living below his means and saving up enough money to be able to leave when the contract was up. When the time came, he did it. He left.
Like me, Scott is looking to find work that he loves doing, not just work that pays the bills. He’s got all kinds of money saved like I to. No, he doesn’t have enough to retire on, but that isn’t his plan (nor is it mine). His plan is to find a way to add value to the world in a way that matters to him.
Scott’s planning to travel to South America with his girlfriend, Michelle, at the start of next year with a one-way ticket. Michelle has had some recent business success, creating and selling art, and while Scott will pay his way with savings, she will pay her way through earnings from the business. I link to her site below and just to warn you, she’s got some neat stuff. What a cool business!
I’m going to leave the rest to you who listen to the episode. It’s a great one!
Things Mentioned on the Show
Here are the things mentioned in today’s show:
Some Additional Notes
A couple quick pieces of information:
- Going forward, I’ll be doing the podcast alone. Unfortunately, Jason from Dividend Mantra informed me that he won’t be able to continue doing the show with me. I guess that’s the joy of having a full time job and kicking butt at it. Jason and I remain good friends. He’s always welcome back on the show and I wish him success on everything he’s working toward. Thanks so much Jason for everything. If you have enjoyed having him on the show so far, I encourage you to reach out to him and let him know.
- I got hit by a car yesterday. Yes, while riding my bike (and following all traffic rules), a driver wasn’t paying attention at a four-way stop and pulled out with me right in front of her. Fortunately, I wasn’t injured nor was my bike damaged. She stopped in the nick on time, but I was still hit. As she begged me to take something from her, I gave in and allowed her to buy me a helmet. With that, I’ll be shopping next week for a new helmet with the gift card she got me. *Note: No, I don’t want to hear “I told you so” from you Negative Nancies out there. This accident was NOT a result of the fact that I was listening to a podcast. I was fully aware of my surroundings and not being careless. She just wasn’t paying attention, which should be a lesson to all of us drivers out there. We’re not the only ones on the road!
Take care everyone. As always, send me an email if you want to connect (email@example.com). And if you enjoyed the show and want to support it, click here to leave an honest review on iTunes!