ILAB 24 – Financial Samurai, Sam Dogen Zero to One

ILAB 24 (1)

“You are more powerful as an employee than you think”

     Sam Dogen     

Sam Dogen from Financial Samurai is one of the premier bloggers and names in self-made success. His blog provides actionable advice on living responsibly, making smart financial decision, and steps to accumulating wealth for an early retirement. Sam is a great guy who transitioned from corporate America, to going out on his own starting with a blog and parlaying his success into other investments to build several income streams. He reached retirement just a few years after at the age of 34, and now enjoys living on the West Coast, playing tennis, and advising FinTech companies. We were pumped to get him on the show to tell his story, his advice, and how he sees the world now being retired in his 30s

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ILAB 24 Show Notes

Relevant links for guest: 

Sam’s Twitter
Sam’s Blog

Where are we:

Sam Marks – Budapest
Johnny FD – Chiang Mai
Sam Dogen (SF) – San Francisco 


ArtofFX – start with just a $10,000 account (reduced from $25,000)

Fundrise – start with only $1,000 into their REIT funds (non-accredited investors OK)

Wealthfront – get your first $15,000 managed free

Betterment – get up to 1 year managed free

RealtyShares – try it free with ILAB link

Recommended (books, subscriptions):

Sam Dogen – Financial Samurai: Slicing Through Money’s Mysteries
Sam Dogen – How to Engineer Your Layoff eBOOK


ArtofFX – start with just a $10,000 account (reduced from $25,000)

Fundrise – start with only $1,000 into their REIT funds (non-accredited investors OK)

PeerStreet – get a 1% yield bump on your first loan

Wealthfront – get your first $15,000 managed free

Discussed (relevant links):

I’m a strong believer in Stealth Wealth!

How Much Can You Really Make Blogging For A Living –

How To Build A Stronger Brand For Your Blog Or Career –

Investment Strategies For Retirement Based On Modern Portfolio Theory –

Never Quit, Get Laid –

Recommended Net Worth Allocations:

Time Stamp – Topic:

07:40 – The #1 place for digital nomads
11:20 – How Sam retired by 34
15:50 – Investing $3k in the stock market
22:00 – Making $1,200 on a personal blog
26:00 – Quitting a multiple Six figure income
29:30 – Negotiating a severance
30:50 – Working as a full time blogger
32:00 – Active / passive investments
35:15 – Does $75,000 a year equal optimal happiness?
38:20 – Changing the asset allocation model
46:00 – Thoughts on robo- advisory
49:50 – Favorite asset class to build wealth
54:15 – Tracking net wealth and income stream
55:30 – Retired life after financial independence
59:40 – Advice to obtain financial freedom

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