Radical Personal Finance: Financial Independence, Early Retirement, Investing, Insurance, Financial Planning
Book Review: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time" by Brian Tracy

"Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time" by Brian Tracy is an absolute goldmine of a book. Without question, this is a 5-star book.

Before you read it though, it's important for you to understand what it is and what it isn't.

It's not a deep-dive treatise of productivity systems; rather, it's an overview of the core principles of productivity that you need in order to organize your life around accomplishing more, meaningful things that will move you toward your goals.

It's short, fast, and pithy.

Tracy begins with the big picture focus of making sure you're doing the right things--planning the things to do that directly tie to your goals and things that are going to have the biggest impact on your achievement of those goals. Then he continues with the practical suggestions to help you actually do those things.

Here's my recommendation: get the audiobook version and listen to it on the first of every month for the next 60 months. 

Even if you did nothing else for your personal development and improvement it would be enough to catapult you into the upper tiers of your company and career. 

Enjoy!

Joshua

  • Eat that Frog! on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1gSl8Vz
  • Get a free copy of the audiobook on Audible: http://radicalaudiobooks.com
Direct download: Short_Book_Review-Eat_That_Frog_by_Brian_Tracy.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 6:00am MST

I'm not able to record and release a show for you today so I'm releasing an interview that I gave on the Voluntary Life podcast with Jake Desyllas regarding Tax Strategies and Financial Freedom.

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. The interview was originally released on June 21, 2015.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: TVL_E210_joshua_sheats_interview_part_2.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MST

I'm not able to record and release a show for you today so I'm releasing an interview that I gave on the Voluntary Life podcast with Jake Desyllas regarding Tax Strategies and Financial Freedom.

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. The interview was originally released on July 14, 2015.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: TVL_E209_joshua_sheats_interview_part_1.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00pm MST

Announcements: Have Breakfast With Me On Friday in Ft. Worth, TX on Friday, 7/31/2015

Good morning, Radicals! Two quick announcements for you this morning:

  1. If you are a listener of the show, come have breakfast with me this Friday morning at 7am at the Cast Iron Restaurant at the Omni Hotel in downtown Ft. Worth! I'll be attending the Podcast Movement conference and would love to see you! Please register here: http://bit.ly/RPFatPM15 (If you aren't able to come on Friday but can come on Saturday or Sunday morning, let me know on Twitter and I'll try to be there at 7am for breakfast those days as well. I won't have as much time but I would still like to see you! https://twitter.com/JoshuaSheats
  2. There won't be any new shows this week until I return from Texas. I will be releasing an interview I gave recently but I wasn't able to finish producing the other shows I had planned.

Have a great weekend!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0225-X-PM15_Announcements.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:00am MST

Short Book Review: How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds Or Less by Nicholas Boothman

(audio from a video book review)
Nicholas Boothman’s book “How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less” is a great introduction to the skill of intentionally establishing rapport with new acquaintances. This book is a broad, useful introduction to the topic.

All else being equal, people would rather spend time with, work with, buy from, and help those that they like. The skill of being likeable and helping people to like you is thus a very useful life skill and can be an important component of your success toolbox.

Boothman establishes two beautiful aspects to being likeable:

1. It’s a learned skill. This means that no matter who you are and where you’re starting from, you can improve and develop your skills so that others like you more and more quickly.

2. It’s an honest and ethical practice. Even though the title has the typical “self-help schmarminess,” there is nothing tricky or conniving about the tools and tactics in the book. You would want everyone in your life to understand the concepts of this book and to practice them continually in their relationship with you. Ultimately, likeability largely boils down to active listening and we all crave friends who are careful, active listeners.

This book is not deep. Boothman doesn’t dig into science research or discuss a lot of history. Rather, it’s useful and practical. You can immediately learn and apply the content. I appreciate that!

I listened to the audiobook version and I enjoyed listening to it in the author’s own voice. He does an excellent job conveying the emotion and tone of his work.

However, I purchased the written version so that I would be able to access the outline and notes for reference and so that I could do some of the exercises contained within it.

The book was published in 2000, so there are plenty of used copies available for $0.01. Also, the Kindle version is a downright bargain at $2.51! http://amzn.to/1LW3D2z

Enjoy the book!

Joshua


225-Rich Habits and Raising Rich Kids-The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals: Interview With Tom Corley

I've got a very special interview for you today with Tom Corley. Tom is an accountant and financial planner by trade. He began interviewing his wealthy clients to try to understand what they do differently than other people.

Over time, his research expanded to additional interviews with poor people in an attempt to understand their lifestyles and habits.

This research formed the foundation for his first book, "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals." After a slow start, the book gained traction and attention and he followed it with his next book, "Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life."

His work is excellent. The books are pithy and worth reading.

But what I found most interesting was Tom's personal story. Through the course of the interview, you'll hear me draw out the parallels between Tom's personal life and his books. I'll also draw out how his life has changed as he began to implement the rich habits that he learned from his wealthy interviewees.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0225-Tom_Corley_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 7:10am MST

224-Frugal Tips for Fashionable Financial Independence: Interview with Steve from Steveonomics.com

My guest today is Steve from Steveonomics.com. Steve is a long-time listener to the show and he and his wife are aggressively pursuing their own plan for financial independence by 40. 

I invited Steve on the show because he is also a lover of fine mens' fashion. He's able to integrate the principles of wise and careful shopping to build a luxurious wardrobe for himself without damaging his prospects for wealth accumulation.

Steve shares:

  • The story of his $1,000 wedding
  • His tips and strategies for building a functional and fashionable wardrobe
  • When to shop at thrift stores
  • How to apply the Alpha Strategy to a wardrobe

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0224-Steveonomics_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MST

We've hit a huge milestone in Radical Personal Finance history! We've reached 201 patrons and $2,001.50 of monthly support for Radical Personal Finance!

This is super, super thrilling and I thank each and every one of you for your support.

I'm going to be changing the format of the show a bit going forward. I'll be doing fewer long-format shows so that the long-format shows I do release are much deeper and more comprehensive. 

In their place, I'll be releasing more short-format content into the podcast feed including audio from the YouTube channel.

Here's what you can do:

  • Sign up for the email newsletter so you can stay informed of all of the content that I release.
  • Follow me on Twitter and Periscope: @JoshuaSheats
  • Use the hashtag #AskRPF to ask me questions for my Q&A videos and podcasts.

Enjoy the episode!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0223-1_Year_Anniversary_Updates.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MST

My guest today is Steve Stewart. Steve's story to me is very interesting because in many ways he was the archetypal American financial story. A normal guy with a normal financial life.

However, inspired by Dave Ramsey's influence, he decided to get serious about getting out of debt. Tune in to the interview to hear the incredible impact of that decision on his life!

What most intrigues me about Steve's story is how his decisions to get out of debt have had a massive impact on the rest of his life and his ability to pursue entrepreneurship and build a life he loves enough not to retire from.

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0222-Steve_Stewart_Interview2.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MST

There are many ways to budget. All of us need to find a solution that is effective for us. And that solution will probably change as our situation changes.

Today, I want to share some advice on budgeting for people who are in a financial emergency. 

Here is a very simple method of budgeting. It requires only:

  • a checkbook register
  • a notebook and pencil
  • a stack of all your bills
  • a calculator

Details are in the show! 

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0221-Budgeting_When_Behind_on_Bills.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MST