E56 – Andrew from Shift Upwards

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Andrew is the author of the blog, Shift Upwards. Here he talks about his unhappiness that he felt at his regular 9-5 and goes through the steps he took to eventually quit. After paying back $20,000 in student loans and saving about $45,000 he decided to take the plunge and retire from full time work to try out other avenues that peaked his creativity.


[2:52]聽So you have been semi-retired for about 6 months. How鈥檚 it been?
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 September 1, 2017 was the last day
[3:22]聽What was your first day of not going to work like?
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Last day of work- was a normal day
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Labor Day weekend- drank beer and went hiking with wife
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Strange not going to work
[10:27]聽If you could go back and change one decision you made, what would it be?
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 I鈥檓 not really sure
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Even the bad decisions have shaped me
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 I would have decided to invest sooner
[12:42]聽Tell us about Shift Upwards
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Niche- finance blog
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Writes about how to use your money to live your best life
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Prioritizing what makes you happy
[14:11]聽What are the goals that you have for the next year for your blog?
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 To network more and grow a larger readership
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 To find my tribe
[15:29]聽What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about quitting their job to pursue their dream?
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Start off with giving yourself permission
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Don鈥檛 let naysayers stop you
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Plan


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[17:37]聽Why do you think people struggle to achieve their dreams?
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 It鈥檚 hard
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 People want to take the path of the least resistance
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 People stay in their comfort zones
[19:5]聽What other books or podcasts do you recommend?
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Podcast: Afford Anything, Stacking Benjamins, Planet Money: The Indicator

[21:0]聽Do you have a favorite quote?
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Release the illusion of security within a fixed future and allow life to surprise you instead.
[22:15]聽Any last piece of advice?
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Try to do little things everyday

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