Welcome to The Financial Samurai Podcast! I decided to start a podcast to try and connect with readers in a new way. I’ve been writing online since 2009 and I feel very comfortable whipping out any sort of writing fairly easily. I thought it would be fun to mix things up and good practice since I hardly ever speak in a public setting. Things will probably be a little rough at first, but I’m sure the podcasts will get better through practice over time.
The initial goals of this podcast are to:
1) Provide a new medium of communication for those who prefer listening, rather than reading.
2) Provide a new way to convey ideas that aren’t as easily captured in my writing.
3) Improve as a speaker.
4) Be a friendly voice when you’re feeling confused, lost or down.
5) To go on a new adventure. It feels great to do new things.
PODCAST EPISODE 1 OUTLINE
The first episode is 36 minutes long and will include the following notes below.
1) The Financial Samurai value proposition e.g. why bother listening and reading.
* Readership. There are over 500,000 visitors a month who visit Financial Samurai from all over the world.
* Experience. I worked in the financial services industry for 13 years and have an MBA.
* Focus on building wealth not just saving money.
* Joy of writing. By the time I started my site at age 32 I had already built a reasonable net worth by 30. I write because I love to write and connect with others. Making money online is tertiary. I will give you my unabashed opinion of why I think the way I do.
2) A brief background on my career and why I started Financial Samurai.
* I grew up in developing countries like Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Zambia in the 70s and 80s. I also lived in Osaka, Kobe as well and went to China and India for school and business since 1997. I really got to witness the dichotomy between the rich and poor. My parents were middle class foreign service officers who were always frugal.
* Wall St. was an ass-kicking. I got in at 5:30am and worked until at least 7:30pm every evening. I gained weight, got sick, and was stressed out. No weekends off. Life was terrible, but it was a great boot camp that prepared me for the future.
* I knew after the first year I couldn’t last for the long term, so I started saving like crazy.
* Moving to SF allowed me to survive for much longer than I had expected… 10 years longer in fact.
* Financial armageddon really beat me down. Financial Samurai was born from pain. I lost 35%-40% of my net worth in 6 months that took 10 years to accumulate.
* You the readers, and now listeners are my biggest motivation.
3) A discussion on the transition from working a day job to doing something new and more risky.
* I suffered from golden handcuffs. and the one more year syndrome.
* There was a moment in Santorini, Greece that made me realize there was potentially life after Wall St.
* I had to figure out how to negotiate a severance package and amicably walk away.
* Never quit, get laid… get laid off. If you quit.. you don’t get severance, a reference, unemployment, Cobra and job assistance training.
Subscribe To Financial Samurai On iTunes
I’ve created a Financial Samurai iTunes channel to subscribe to. This way, if you prefer listening, you can always get the latest audio version delivered directly to your iPhone. As of now, the channel can only carry the latest five podcasts.
Further, I’ve created a Financial Samurai Podcast Page that has every single podcast I’ve published, including the links to the respective posts. Bookmark it or search for it in my search box. I’ll be updating this page once a week.
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