Radical Personal Finance

I missed a couple of important points on the previous show on Health Care Sharing Ministries (HCSMs). Today we wrap those points up with a quick discussion of:

  • catastrophic protection
  • deductibility
  • HSA compliance
  • pre-existing conditions

We also discuss:

  • Self-Insurance
  • Direct Primary Care/Concierge Care
  • Catastrophic Coverage
  • Dread Disease/Critical Illness Insurance
  • Doctors on Call

Enjoy!

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0405-HCSM_wrap-up.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 6:17pm MST

Today I tell you why we don't have health insurance in my family and what we do instead! We continue our health insurance series today with a discussion of Christian Health Care Sharing Ministries.

Perhaps the Health Care Sharing Ministries shouldn't be in this series because they are not actually health insurance.

But, if you're a participant in an approved organization, you qualify for an exemption to the Obamacare tax penalty (for not having health insurance).

Personally, I love the concept of these organizations and I have nothing but good things to say about my experience with Samaritan Ministries (which is the one that my family participates in).

In today's show I give you a background of these companies and my own experience and opinion of them.

There are 5 major options for you:
1. Samaritan Ministries http://samaritanministries.org/ 
2. Christian Healthcare Ministries http://www.chministries.org/ 
3. Medishare – Christian Care Ministry https://mychristiancare.org/medi-share/ 
4. Liberty Health Share http://www.libertyhealthshare.org/ 
5. Altrua Health Share http://altruahealthshare.org/ 

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

p.s., if you join Samaritan Ministries, please remember to tell them that “Joshua Sheats” sent you so that I can get a small discount!

Direct download: RPF0404-Health_Care_Sharing_Ministries.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:03pm MST

One of the major burdens that the passage of the Affordable Care Act placed upon us is that we are required by law to maintain health insurance coverage. Or, if we don't, we have to pay a tax penalty.

But, as with most taxes, the Obamacare tax penalty is, in some ways, optional.

In today's show I teach you all of the ways that I know to escape it!

We cover:

  • How to calculate the tax penalty
  • What happens if you don't pay the penalty
  • All of the exemptions that you can qualify for

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0403-How_to_Avoid_the_Obamacare_Tax_Penalty.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:13pm MST

If you're building a business, you may reach a point in time at which you need more money to expand your operation than you're currently receiving from your revenues.

Traditionally, this is where you would either go out and solicit more investors to back you or perhaps go and borrow money from a bank.

But, thanks to major changes in the law, there's another option now available to you: equity crowdfunding.

Equity Crowdfunding is a way for companies to solicit investments from individuals similar to how product crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, et al, solicit sales from individuals.

There are tremendous possibilities here for you as a business owner.

But, don't skip this show if you simply don't own a business.

You may be interested in this topic from the perspective of a business owner! You can participate as an investor with these companies yourself!

Enjoy the show,

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0402-Nathan_Rose_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:36am MST

So, you set a goal for your income next year. Great! Good job!

That's a nice place to start.

But it does nothing for you if you don't translate it into an hourly income goal.

Listen to the show to find out why and how.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0401-Set_an_Hourly_Income_Goal_and_Plan.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MST

I learned the hard way not to wait until the end of December to think about how my past year went and how I wanted my next year to go.

Don't wait.

The first two weeks of December are your golden time for your year-end review process.

Details in the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0400-First_Two_Weeks_of_December.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Radicals!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0399-Thanksgiving_Greetings.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 5:08am MST

One of the thorny research projects which I'm personally undertaking is to study the most effective ways to invest my money and my life into my local community without passing through the financial services intermediaries.

Friends, it ain't easy.

Our entire world is wired to go through the mainstream banking/investment/etc. industry. And it's not easy to break free.

But, I'm convinced that it is possible.

So, I'm working on it.

And today, I've invited a new friend of mine on the show to explain how he does it.

Tim Yarbrough is an entrepreneur and investor from Alabama who has been in business for over 40 years. He has personally invested in dozens of companies there in his community.

Today, he shares his wisdom from 40 years of experience with you and with me.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0398-Tim_Yarbrough_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:17pm MST

Today we continue our health insurance series with a discussion of the Premium Tax Credit.

The Premium Tax Credit is available for those whose income is between 100% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level who purchase their health insurance through a government-run marketplace.

The dollar amounts involved can be substantial if you're in that range.

Pay attention,

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0397-Premium_Tax_Credit.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:37pm MST

Today I've invited real estate investor Joe Fairless on the show. And yes, we chat about real estate.

But, I don't have him on to speak about real estate exclusively.

Rather, I want you to pay careful attention to how he got into real estate in the first step.

Pay attention to the arc of his overall career.

And then model him.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0396-Joe_Fairless_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:58pm MST

Today, I share my thoughts on the Trump/Clinton election and connect it with a discussion of why I'm philosophically and morally opposed to Obamacare. (Hint: it's not because I hate sick people.)

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0395-Health_Insurance_Pt_2.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:47pm MST

In case you haven't heard, this Presidential election is the most important one in your lifetime. And, it will retain that title until November 9 when the 2020 election will take over as reigning champ.

Not only is this the most important election of your lifetime, but if the wrong person is elected, we literally face the end of the world as we know it!

So, what are you to do?

Well, today's show contains my thoughts and advice around presidential politics as well as 10 things you can do that will actually make a difference after you've cast your vote for President of the United States.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0394-On_Voting_Elections_and_Presidential_Politics.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:52pm MST

Today we embark on our journey through the wild and woolly world of health insurance.

This topic is utterly frustrating to navigate and incredibly divisive in philosophy.

Obviously, it's a perfect topic for Radical Personal Finance!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0393-Health_Insurance_Series_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:35pm MST

If you look at all of your expenditures and methodically add up all of the money you've spent in the last year on taxes (of all types), you will likely find that taxes are one of your largest spending categories.

So, in our constant quest to lower expenses, what can we do about that problem?

Well, you can engage in good, proactive tax planning and tax avoidance.

And, we've talked about that extensively here at #RadicalPersonalFinance.

But, have you ever thought about getting involved at the root of the problem? In working to roll back the taxes levied upon you at the seat of government?

Most of us haven't.

And the reason we haven't is that we are trained to automatically revert to fighting about national politics.

I'm convinced that national politics is utterly hopeless--at least for now. You have no voice, no power, and your involvement and even your vote are essentially meaningless.

But, take courage.

That doesn't mean that all is lost.

You can make a huge difference if you get involved in local politics.

Your voice and your work and your vote can make a huge difference at the local level.

My guest today is Paul Dorr. He is a former bank owner but he's now a political consultant.

He specializes in helping ordinary people organize themselves politically in order to defeat local tax increases. And he's very good at his job!

He's here today to share with us some of his tips and techniques as well as his personal story.

I think you'll find today's show inspiring and helpful if you care about the cause of liberty.

And it might even help you lower your tax bill.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0392-Paul_Dorr_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:01pm MST

My guest today is Craig Cody, CPA, co-author of the book "Secrets of a Tax-Free Life: Surprising Write-Off Strategies Most Business Owners Miss."

We discuss:

  • Paying your paying your kids in your business
  • Renting your house out to your business
  • Cost-segregation studies
  • And more!

Enjoy!

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0391-Craig_Cody_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:59pm MST

Have you ever thought about engineering your layoff from your job as a means to advancement to your next opportunity?

After all, if you get laid off instead of quitting, there are a whole host of benefits to you. (severance, health insurance, etc.)

But, how do you do it?

And, is there a way to do it ethically?

My guest today has written the book on the subject.

His name is Sam and he is the writer behind the popular personal finance blog www.FinancialSamurai.com and his book is entitled "How to Engineer Your Layoff: Negotiate a Severance and Be Free!"

Enjoy the show.

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0390-Engineer_Your_Layoff.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:54pm MST

There are two phrases that we commonly use that are very destructive to your personal empowerment.

I recommend that you identify them and remove them from your vocabulary.

Try it!

You'll thank me later.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0389-Banish_These_Two_Phrases_From_Your_Vocabulary.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:50pm MST

The title says it all.

Joshua

p.s., Sorry about the double show on the last episode. I am presently without a working computer, but I'll fix it ASAP. 

Direct download: Drunkenness-Will-Destroy-Your-Wealth.-Dont-Participate-.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:17pm MST

From time to time we get buying opportunities that emerge from a wrinkle in the marketplace. I think I see an opportunity right now for those of you who are in the market for a new car with the 2017 Chevy Volt. Details in the show! Joshua
Direct download: RPF0387-Chevy_Volt_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:12pm MST

I shudder and cringe when I hear someone who's thinking about upgrading their car because the new one gets better gas mileage.

I don't often yell, but please indulge me for a moment. YOU SHOULD NOT UPGRADE YOUR CAR IN ORDER TO GET BETTER GAS MILEAGE!

And, I'll prove it to you.

Listen to this show. And then, download the free calculator I built years ago and plug in your own numbers to see whether you should upgrade or not.

I think you'll be glad you did.

Joshua

Direct download: 386-You_Should_Not_Upgrade_Your_Car_for_Gas_Mileage.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:36pm MST

This is an audio file containing Steven Harris's free Family Emergency Preparedness Class.

This class contains very useful and practical information regarding emergency preparedness.

Some of the material is becoming dated.

For all of Steven's current work, visit his website www.Steven1234.com and follow the appropriate links.

Joshua

Direct download: Steven_Harris_Family_Emergency_Preparedness_Class.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:08pm MST

This is an audio-only version of Wendy DeWitt's "Sensible Food Storage" seminar. This is the most practical, complete seminar on home food storage I've ever been able to find.

You can view the original video version of this file here: https://youtu.be/GY5kiCzaeYc

You can also download the PDF handouts of this seminar here with these links. 

This handout contains the instructions for how to do Wendy's system: http://traffic.libsyn.com/radicalpersonalfinance/Everything_Under_the_Sun_by_Wendy_DeWitt.pdf 

This handout contains Wendy's sample meals with recipes and amounts calculated out for you: http://traffic.libsyn.com/radicalpersonalfinance/Everything_Made_Simple_by_Wendy_DeWitt.pdf 

Direct download: Sensible_Food_Storage_Seminar_by_Wendy_DeWitt.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:52pm MST

If you were unable to buy food for your family for the next couple of weeks, would you and your family be well-fed or would you be quite hungry at the end?

Today, we tackle the question of food insurance with a discussion of practical steps to take to build your own reserves.

I think it's very wise for you to make sure that you always have enough food in your house to feed your family for at least a few weeks, even better a few months, and perhaps even a year or more.

Since you can fit a year's supply of food under a twin bed, there's little reason not to plan ahead and store up some food.

But, it's tough to know how to do this.

I've divided this topic into two parts. The first show (#384) had a bit of the philosophy behind food storage and reasons for you to store up food.

Today's show (#385) has the practical advice for how to actually do it.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0385-Sensible_Food_Storage_pt_2.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:33am MST

If you were unable to buy food for your family for the next couple of weeks, would you and your family be well-fed or would you be quite hungry at the end?

Today, we tackle the question of food insurance. In short, I think it's very wise for you to make sure that you always have enough food in your house to feed your family for at least a few weeks, even better a few months, and perhaps even a year or more.

Since you can fit a year's supply of food under a twin bed, there's little reason not to plan ahead and store up some food.

I've divided this topic into two parts. This show (#384) has a bit of the philosophy behind food storage and reasons for you to store up food.

The next show (#385) has the practical advice for how to actually do it.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0384-Sensible_Food_Storage_pt_1.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:29am MST

When I make a significant purchase, I always try to pay attention to the process of that purchase.

I analyze my psychology and desire for the item, I consider carefully the decision process, and I consider the usefulness I get from the item and how much I enjoy and utilize it.

One major lesson I've learned is to always make sure to budget for the accessories to enhance the usefulness of an item.

Many times, the accessories you purchase for an item will make a dramatic difference in your ability to enjoy and use the item.

Detailed discussion of this concept in today's show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0383-Budget_for_the_Accessories.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:26pm MST

I recently read an article from the New York Times called, "It's Official: The Boomerang Kids Won't Leave." The story is a familiar one: adult children fall on hard times after college and need to move home in order to make ends  meet.

This is an experience that many parents have had.

The challenge is this: how do you get the kids to leave? What can and should you be doing in order to get them to a place of autonomy?

In today's show we tackle this subject.

We also cover some ideas for younger parents to implement in order to help your children avoid the boomerang effect in the first place.

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0382-Remove_Your_Boomerang_Kids_from_Your_Financial_Teat.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:24pm MST

As I release today's show, Hurricane Matthew is threatening the east coast of Florida and the Carolinas. (Today's show is not specific to Hurricane Matthew. The content is useful in any natural disaster or hurricane. But I wanted to get this information to you in a timely manner so that those of you in the warning cone have an opportunity to prepare.)

Today's show is very practical. I cover:

  • The most important need to address in advance of the storm: the ability to keep your phone and communications working without electricity.
  • How to think about and plan for an evacuation plan.
  • Simple and cheap ways to handle water and food when you have no power.
  • How to use your car as a generator.
  • And more!

Enjoy the show! 

Joshua

RESOURCES:

  • You need to keep your phone functional and charged at all times. The easiest, simplest way to do this is by using an external backup battery. There are varying sizes available:
    • I own the Kmashi 15000mAH External Battery Power Bank. It's the cheapest I've found ($14 on Amazon for the black version) and should give you 5+ charges for your phone. It has a 4-star rating on Amazon with about 7,700 reviews. I've had no problem with it. http://rpf.link/2dO4v0Y
    • I also own the RAVPower 13000 mAH External Battery Power Pack. It works perfectly fine and is smaller and lighter than the Kmashi above. (This is the one that I prefer to carry in my pocket while traveling. The Kmashi above is too big to be comfortable in my pocket.) It should get you about 4 charges. But, at $27 on Amazon, it doesn't give you as much bang for the buck. http://rpf.link/2dP9SJF 
  • Steven Harris has more information on keeping your cell phone charged at his excellent site: www.cellphone1234.com I chose to buy different batteries than he recommended because they were cheaper (but still highly rated) when I was shopping.
  • The Berkey water filter system that we own and use is this one: http://www.directive21.com/products/royal-berkey-system/ (This is where we bought it from--Directive 21 did a fine job with service.) There are other sizes available.
  • For information on how to power your house from your car, listen to Steven Harris's free class here at http://www.solar1234.com/ 
  • The Eneloop rechargeable batteries that I use in all of my flashlights, kids toys, etc. are these on Amazon: http://rpf.link/2dbuiLA I use this 8-cell Powerex charger to keep them all topped up. http://rpf.link/2dXXdHc 
  • The car battery charger that I recommended is from CTEK. http://www.ctek.com/ 
  • For more great, simple, practical emergency preparedness tips, check out all of Steven Harris's websites here: http://www.steven1234.com/ 

 

 

Direct download: RPF0381-Hurricane_Prep_Tips.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 7:38am MST

Are you an employee?

Want to make more money?

Want to have a tremendous career?

Listen to this show.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0380-Practical_Advice_for_Employees.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:34pm MST

On today's show I cover four of the major perils of success.

Both failure and success have danger points. You might think a lot about the dangers of failure. But are you aware of the perils of success?

Have you thought about what might happen to you as you continue to achieve success?

In today's show, I share with you four dangers of success...and I've fallen prey to all four of them.

Then, after that discussion, I share with you how--and why--I'm removing some of the filters that I've kept on the content of RPF.

Not a lot is changing with regard to what I actually produce on RPF. But my own mental decisions are changing and I am intentionally giving myself more freedom to tackle difficult subjects.

Details in the show!

Joshua

As mentioned in the show. Please:

  1. Write me an email with "product question" in the subject line and ask me any question that you have. Or, just tell me the subject/topic/question you'd like me to do more content on.
  2. Will you please review the show on whatever podcasting platform you use? iTunes, Stitcher, App Store--all are fine. One or two sentences is perfect and you can do it right on your phone.
  3. Please support the show on Patreon. This is the best way to maintain a free and independent voice. www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron 
  4. Do you have a specific question you'd like my advice on? Book a consulting call here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/phonecall 
Direct download: RPF0379-The_Perils_of_Success.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:50pm MST

My guest today is Jason Vitug. Jason has a very interesting story of beginning at the bottom of the work-world, advancing quickly to company leadership, and then walking away to pursue travel and personal business projects that seem to integrate more with his life vision.

Oh, and he wrote a book and just finished a 54-city speaking tour.

Enjoy the interview!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0378-Jason_Vitug_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:55pm MST

I recently appeared on Paula Pant's Afford Anything podcast for an in-depth discussion of the stages of financial independence.

The interview was one of the favorite interviews I've done in a while and I think you'll really enjoy it.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: AA039_Joshua_Sheats.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:22pm MST

Hey Radicals!

I'm heading to California today for #FinCon16. I'd love to connect with as many of you as possible while I'm there!

I'll be available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (9/22 to 9/24).

Reach out to me on Twitter and let's schedule a time to connect! https://twitter.com/JoshuaSheats

Joshua

Direct download: Announcement_for_FinCon16.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 5:28am MST

We know that it's worthwhile to increase income in order to reach our financial goals more quickly. But how can we do that?

One proven way is to get advanced education by attending graduate school.

My guest today is Matt Miner. He followed the time-worn path of attending graduate business school as a way of significantly increasing his earnings and he's learned from that experience. He's also studied the issue extensively, so he brings both personal experience and study to this question.

In this show we discuss:

  • Matt's personal path to improved finances
  • His advice on how to answer the question of, "Should I go to graduate school?"
  • Various options and ways to get the thing done!

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0377-Matt_Miner_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 5:24am MST

I received the note below from a listener of my show and today I answer it!

Enjoy,

Joshua

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Hi Mr. Sheats!

I'm a home educated 13-year-old fan of your podcast.  I love how in-depth, interesting, and out-of-the-box it is.  I used to listen to the Dave Ramsey Show a lot, but that got really bland, so my dad suggested your show.  I love it!
I've been listening pretty much daily since January of this year, and you've inspired me to become financially independent before age 30.  Right now, I'm saving 70% of my income from working at my parents' dental office and trying to develop skills that will get me closer to that goal (such as math, coding, and finance, all things I love learning about and think have the best potential to help me become financially independent).

Do you have any advice for a thirteen-year-old listener like me?

As for a specific question, I was wondering whether you would recommend I continue doing high school at home or attending our local public school.

I'm really interested in taking CLEP classes since those could help me finish college faster.

As far as I can tell, the pros of public school are:

  • I'm pretty extroverted, so being able to hang out with friends every day sounds fun (although I'm sure high school isn't just hanging out!).
    The high school in our district is ranked 10/10, so it's supposed to be a good school academically.
  • It might be a good way to get a feel for going to a "normal" school and make getting used to staying at the teacher's pace, and other skills I might need for college easier.
  • The transcript is automatic, but in home education, you have to detail everything yourself and make sure it fits with requirements.


Cons:

  • I love being home educated!
  • I'm an independent learner, and I can learn faster just reading something and taking a test than sitting in class for an hour.
  • I'd probably have less time in a public school as opposed to home education.  Other than hanging out with friends, writing my fantasy novel, and playing music, I want to spend my free time as a homeschooler learning skills, experimenting with starting a business, and studying CLEP.
  • I'd have to stick with the class, but with home education, everything's based on your pace, so you can go faster.
  • I love how we can take vacations or days off sporadically, but in public school, with such long summer breaks, etc, you can't miss a day comfortably.
  • I'd have to wake up early (;

Thanks for all your time!

 

Direct download: RPF0376-How_to_Be_FI_at_30.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:06pm MST

My guest today is Lauren Greutman. Lauren has been on RPF before (with her husband Mark) way back at Episode 108.

But today she's back today as part of the book launch tour for her brand-new book: The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life.

In today's episode, we cover: 

  • Lauren's personal story and her highs and lows
  • Lauren's systematic, step-by-step advice for how to overcome a spending addiction
  • And more!

Enjoy the interview!

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0375-Recovering_Spender_with_Lauren_Greutman.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:51pm MST

On Fridays, we do Q&A. Today we cover: 

  • How Should I Structure My Purchase of an iPhone?
  • What Should I Think About When Buying a House?
  • How Many Credit Cards Should I Have For Optimal Living?
  • How Should I Value My Defined-Benefit Pension Plan

If you'd like to join for a future Q&A call, join here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron 

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0374-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MST

You want to start a business...so, you have to decide what type of business entity to use, right? 

Well, yes and no. Yes in the sense that it is an important decision. But no in the sense that you should first focus on how you're going to build the business...and you should probably just start the business and see if it will work.

But, it is an important decision. And there is a lot of confusion over all these entities.

Today we cover these entities in an introductory capacity:

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • C Corporation
  • S Corporation
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

My intention is not to give you all the details but simply an overview so you will feel more confident soliciting the professional advice that you need for your specific situation.

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0373-Intro_to_Business_Entities.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:23pm MST

Whatever begins to exist has a cause.

This fundamental truth governs much of your thinking. And yet, have you stopped to consider its application and how you can adjust this to your benefit?

The law of cause and effect is operational in your daily life. 

And yet, many people focus on the things they want (the effect) without every once stopping to think about how to get there! They don't think about the causes that are necessary to achieve a certain effect!

In today's show, I give you a series of very practical lines of inquiry into financial causes and effects. These ideas will help you to look at your own situation with a fresh vision and to create a customized plan that will help you go from where you are to where you want to be.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0372-The_Power_of_Cause_and_Effect.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:25pm MST

Hey Radicals!

Tough week this week and I'm behind on shows. My apologies!

I thought you might enjoy this recent interview I gave on Everything Financial Radio in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The first part of the show is with Gerald Celente. My interview starts at 19:15.

Back soon,

Joshua

  • The original file is found here: http://www.everythingfinancialradio.com/2016/07/gerald-celente-and-joshua-sheats-join-host-dennis-tubbergen/

Today's show is dedicated to the idea of mobile home investing. John Fedro stumbled into the mobile home investment business and has since made it his unique area of specialty.

Mobile homes have some unique characteristics that might make them an attractive investment class for you to consider. (After all, you can often buy an entire house for less than a new car!)

But they also carry some significant potential downsides.

Enjoy the education,

Joshua

 

Direct download: ROF0371-John_Fedro_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:35pm MST

On Fridays, I host a live Q&A call! Today we cover:

  • Should I Take a State Defined-Benefit Pension Plan or Choose a Defined-Contribution Option?
  • Why Do So Few People Grasp How Simple It Is to Become Wealthy?
  • What Are the Next Steps I Should Take in Establishing My New Consulting Business

If you'd like to join on a future call, become a Patron of the show at www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron 

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0370-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MST

Ever since I sat down and designed my "Seven Stages of Financial Independence," I've been a bit bothered by Stage 7: Financial Abundance.

I inserted it at the end of the list because I think that's where it belongs. But I don't think you have to wait until you get through the stages to be able to enjoy a lifestyle of Financial Abundance. And I definitely don't think you should wait for later to start planning for Abundance.

So, what do you do?

Well, in today's show I do my best to lay out some ideas to point you in the right direction. 

Enjoy!

Direct download: RPF0369-Dont_Wait_for_Financial_Abundance.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:40pm MST

Your personal credit and credit rating are an important component of your financial life. But did you know that you can also establish, build, and utilize an entirely separate credit file on your business?

My guest today, Ty Crandall, is an expert on both business credit and personal credit and he's here with me today to share with you some actionable strategies you can understand and implement to begin building your own personal business credit.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0368-Ty_Crandall_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:52pm MST

Today we tackle Social Security with Devin Carroll from www.SocialSecurityIntelligence.com 

Devin is a financial planner who has taken a special interest in consulting on the topic of social security.

In this show we cover some general background and advice for those who are trying to figure out how to approach their social security strategy as well as some interesting background on the social security program. (If you listen closely, you might even find an argument or two contained herein!)

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0367-Devin_Carroll_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:17pm MST

My guest today has been from the lowest of lows to great heights of success. And then he repeated the cycle at least a time or two.

Rod Khleif has owned over 2,000 houses and apartments. He has made millions. And, he lost millions during the 2008 housing crash.

Today, he's come on the show to share the good and the bad from his experience. We cover technical details of real estate as well as many very important life lessons.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0366-Rod_Khleif_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:25pm MST

Do you wish to set out and travel but feel like you lack the money? Well, what if you did it anyway and just adjusted your style of travel to fit a more modest budget?

My guest today is long-time listener of the show, Philip Frey. A few years ago he did exactly that.

He set out across Europe with a schoolmate and they managed to cobble together a very fun trip on a very modest budget!

In today's show we discuss Philip's experiences and advice for how to replicate a trip like his. 

I also share some of my tips and ideas for how I would approach a trip like this for myself.

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0365-Hitchhiking_On_40_Per_Day.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:40am MST

My guest today is Daniel Crosby. Daniel is a behavioral economist and he has applied his expertise to the question of investing.

One of the greatest challenges investors face is managing their own behavior. Daniel has studied this problem extensively and has formulated specific recommendations to help investors manage their psychology and manage their behavior.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0364-Daniel_Crosby_interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:56pm MST

I tried as hard as I could to ship a financial planning show today, but it just didn't get done.

Oh well.

I don't always promise to release audio to you every day, but I didn't want to leave you hanging without something to listen to.

So enjoy 20 minutes of pure Jim Rohn gold.

Joshua

Direct download: Jim_Rohn_-_The_Power_of_Your_Philosophy.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

My guest today is Kathy Fettke. Kathy has a very interesting story of learning to invest in real estate during a time of personal crisis. She has since leveraged her experience to build a business related to real estate in addition to managing her own investments.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0363-Katthy_Fettke_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:36pm MST

I'm fascinated with stories of immigrants to the United States. If you mentally put yourself in the shoes of an immigrant and then ask how you could become wealthy, even if you started with nothing, you have the opportunity to clarify the actions you can take which lead to wealth.

A listener to the show, Manhar Patel, emailed me and asked me if I was interested in his story. After a bit of back and forth, I invited him on the show to tell his story.

Manhar is an Indian immigrant to the United States who is working to build his fortune. Enjoy his story and take what you can learn from his tips and tricks and apply them to your life.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0362-Manhar_Patel.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:28pm MST

The past few weeks have been a bit depressing for me due to the absurdity of national politics here in the United States.

I broke my personal rules of not getting involved with national politics and the results weren't pretty. I was thoroughly annoyed and saddened.

Until Sunday afternoon.

Which is when a young man in my neighborhood cheered me up by showing how it's possible for someone who wants something to get it, no matter what stands in the way.

On today's show, I share with you some thoughts on the power of choice which we all have. We have the power to choose what we do and when and how. 

Ultimately, the politicians don't have the power over our lives. We have the power over our lives based on our choices.

I cover some ways for you to build more freedom and independence (especially in the area of taxes) by understanding the laws that you're subject to and then simply avoiding the conditions of being subject to them!

Enjoy,

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0361-The_Power_of_If.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:56pm MST

On Fridays we do Q&A! 

  • Are Bonds Necessary for Good Asset Allocation
  • Traditional 401(k) or Roth IRA
  • How to Leverage Long-Term Travel for Career Advancement
  • What Kind of Retirement Plan to Put In Place at a NonProfit
  • How to Rebuild after Bankruptcy

If you'd like to get on a call like this, join as a patron! www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron 

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0360-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MST

How much money do you spend eating out? How much money could you save simply by learning to cook for yourself?

My guest today is Ketura from www.FreeToCook.com and she's here to share her personal experiences in learning to cook from home to improve her family's budget.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0359-Ketura_Free_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:53am MST

Today we round out the 4-part disability series with:

  • A wrap-up of some key concepts
  • Taxation of disability insurance premiums
  • Various types of disability insurance policies
  • Pregnancy and disability insurance
  • Q&A from the audience

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0358-DI_Taxation_and_Types_of_Policies.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:52pm MST

College and all of its associated costs can make a big difference in your financial situation. 

Today, I've invited Brad Baldridge on the show to discuss the college planning process and the background to many of the financial decisions.

I think you'll enjoy the interview. Be sure to stay tuned for the second half where we pull apart some strategies for making the student aid forms work to your favor.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0357-Brad_Baldridge_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm MST

Minivans get a bad rap in our modern culture. They're the brunt of endless jokes and I want to see that change.

For some reason people think that minivans are suitable only for parents with kids.

They certainly are great for that--far, far better than an SUV--but that's not all.

I think a minivan is pretty much the perfect vehicle for everyone at every stage of life.

Yes, that's a big claim. But I really, really do think they're great.

Today, I do my best to convince you to join me in the land of the enlightened.

:)

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0356-Your_Next_Car_Should_Be_a_Minivan.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:06am MST

The tagline I created for Radical Personal Finance is this: "...the show dedicated to providing you with the knowledge, skills, insight, and encouragement you need to live a rich and meaningful life now while building a plan for financial freedom in 10 years or less."

Little by little I've been breaking this down for you and today we tackle the "financial freedom in 10 years or less" part.

I believe that, no matter where you're starting from or what your current financial condition, you can build a plan to achieve financial freedom in 10 years or less. And, in today's show, I defend that statement to you.

Enjoy,

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0355-Financial_Freedom_in_10_Years_or_Less.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:42pm MST

Today we continue our disability insurance series with a discussion of:

  • How to determine the benefit amount of an individual disability insurance policy
  • The interaction of group disability insurance and individual disability insurance
  • The definition of disability (own occupation, modified own occupation, any occupation)
  • How is disability determined (loss of time, duties, income)
  • Total disability vs. partial disability vs. presumptive total disability.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0354-Disability_Insurance_Policy_Provisions.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:20pm MST

Often very large financial goals can be achieved in a relatively short period of time if you focus enough on the goal and execute a plan with intense action.

Today, I bring you the story and experience of a couple who did just that. Ben and Deb Martinek decided to become over-the-road truck drivers so that they could pay off their student loans in a very short period of time.

They succeeded in paying off about $100,000 in debt in 2.5 years by driving a truck. And they had a great time doing it!

Today we hear their story and ideas on how you can do something similar for yourself.

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0353-Get_Rich_Driving_a_Truck.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:51pm MST

On Fridays we do a live Q&A show here at Radical Personal Finance. If you'd like access to these calls, join here: www.RadicalPersonalFinance.com/patron 

Today we cover:

  • Should I Purchase My Personal House in an LLC?
  • How do I Know if My Life Insurance Agent is Advising the Right Amount of Insurance to Own?

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0352-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MST

Today, we continue our series on "Living a Rich Life Now" by discussing material riches and how you can appreciate the ones you already have and enjoy more more material riches now, without waiting.

Most people equate riches with things they have yet to buy. Largely, this is due to an effective marketing campaign by somebody with something to sell.

But, many of us easily forget about all of the material riches we already enjoy.

And, we neglect the easy ways we can live a rich life--perhaps even the lifestyle of a multi-millionaire--without the need to actually become a multi-millionaire.

This show contains some of my ideas which will, I hope, provoke you to clarify your own definition of a rich life and start living it as quickly as possible!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0351-How_to_Live_a_Materially_Rich_Life_Now.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:57pm MST

Radical Personal Finance is "a show dedicated to providing you with the knowledge, skills, insight, and encouragement you need to live a rich and meaningful life now while building a plan for financial freedom in 10 years or less."

That's the slogan that I came up with as the unifying theme after creating about 300 episodes of the show.

But, although I've been using this slogan for a while, I've never actually explained each of the statements in that slogan. And they're all important.

Today, I tackle the first part: What does it mean to live a rich life now?

There are immaterial aspects to a rich life and there are also material aspects to riches.

Today we tackle the immaterial.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0350-Immaterial_Aspects_of_a_Rich_Life_Now.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:14pm MST

I've previously stated that I don't understand why anyone would go into the field of medicine as a way of getting rich.

I understand why people would want to do it because it fits their goals and personality and sense of calling, but I've always felt that it's a bad move financially.

Even though you can earn a high income, there are a lot of disadvantages to the career!

Well, my guest on today's show disagrees with me!

He's a practicing physician and he thinks I'm dramatically misrepresenting the financial potential and payoff of medicine.

I think you'll enjoy our debate!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0349-Peter_Steinberg_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:05pm MST

A lot of us face difficult situations. And it's tough to maintain a positive attitude. But, have you considered what some other people face?

What would you do if you were facing a >70% unemployment rate in your town?

What would you do if you were working a job that hadn't paid you in >6 months?

What would you do if you had electricity for only 2 hours per day?

After listening to today's show, I promise you'll look at the opportunities around you with a fresh appreciation. 

Enjoy!

Joshua

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Direct download: RPF0348-Interview_with_Bola.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 6:29am MST

June 1 is the start of hurricane season here in South Florida. June is always when I review my own hurricane preparedness plan and assess it for any weaknesses.

I've also kept a close eye on the Fort McMurray wildfires and the economic crisis currently underway in Venezuela.

Given these stark and vivid disasters, I've wanted to draw your attention to them as a way for you to consider how you're prepared to handle them.

Today I focus on the importance of money--specifically having some available to you in times of crisis.

Enjoy,

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0347-Money_in_Times_of_Crisis.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:00pm MST

Today I've invited Jules Haas on the show to talk real estate entity selection and estate planning.

Jules has an especially interesting perspective given where he lives and practices law: downtown New York City.

We discuss:

  • how to decide if you should own real estate within an entity or not
  • how to own real estate with maximum privacy (and why it's important)
  • estate considerations for different methods of ownership

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0346-Jules_Haas_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 7:07pm MST

Today on Radical Personal Finance we veer into an interesting niche in the real estate market.

Do you have an appreciated rental property with a lot of equity in it? Would you like to know how to transition out of that personally managed property into a professionally managed portfolio without paying capital gains taxes on the transfer?

That's what today's interview is about.

My guest is Leslie Pappas. She's an expert at using 1031 Exchanges and Delaware Statutory Trusts in a very specialized segment of the real estate industry.

Enjoy learning about this niche!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0345-Leslie_Pappas_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:42pm MST

My guest on today's show is Mr. Groovy, writer at the eponymous website www.FreedomIsGroovy.com 

He reached out to me and pitched me for some exposure for his idea of a Junior IRA. I accepted his request and invited him on the show.

I also thoroughly enjoyed hearing his story of getting free financially with a simple geographic move. There's a lesson in there for many of you.

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0344-Mr._Groovy_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:12pm MST

On Fridays, I do a live Q&A call for patrons of the show.

Today we cover:

  • When Should My Wife Take Social Security?
  • Should I Buy Term Life Insurance as an Investment?

If you'd like to join a Q&A call, become a Patron of the show at www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron 

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0343-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:53pm MST

I'm always keeping my ears out for interesting ways to earn a living--or a side income. And today, I've got exactly that for you.

My guest today is Brad DeGraw. Brad is an expert at selling stuff through Amazon.

He claims to have started with $100 and a WiFi connection and to have turned it into over $1,000,000 in sales to date.

Enjoy the interview!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0342-Brad_DeGraw_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:28pm MST

My guest today is Matt Hall. Matt is a financial advisor who learned the hard way what works and what doesn't in the world of financial advice.

One of the missions of Radical Personal Finance is to pull back the curtain from the world of financial advice. I do my best to ask direct questions of financial advisors and give them an opportunity to share their perspective.

Enjoy!

Joshua

 

Direct download: RPF0341-Matt_Hall_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:41pm MST

On Fridays, we do a live Q&A show! Today, we cover:

  • Should I Get Disability Insurance if I'm Only Working for Two Years
  • What Happens to Disability Insurance If I'm Changing Jobs
  • How Should I Save Money For My 9-Month Old Daughter's House
  • Should I Work Three More Years In Order To Vest in my Pension

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0340-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:00am MST

Today we continue our disability insurance series. We cover:

  • Why it's so hard to compare disability insurance policies to each other
  • Long-term disability insurance vs. short-term disability insurance
  • Benefit periods (2 years, 5 years, to age 65, etc.)
  • Elimination periods (2 weeks, 45 days, 90 days, 6 months, 1 year, etc.)
  • Continuance provisions (noncancellable, guaranteed renewable, conditionally renewable)

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0339-LTD_vs_STD_Benefit_Elimination_Periods_etc..mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:12pm MST

Today we speak with Jeff, the Happy Philosopher. Jeff is a doctor who was finding himself increasingly dissatisfied with his job. 

Knowing that if he didn't make a change, he would find himself totally burned out, he managed to re-negotiate his work agreements in order to build a better lifestyle.

This is an option that many of you should consider.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0338-Jeff_The_Happy_Philosopher_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:29pm MST

If you could only choose one type of insurance coverage to have, I believe you should buy disability insurance.

In today's show, I seek to persuade you to agree with me.

In short, this is my sales pitch for disability income insurance.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0337-Why_You_Should_Buy_Disability_Insurance.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:42pm MST

On Fridays, we have Q&A! And today, I have some fun questions for you.

  • My Advice on Starting an Experts Business
  • How to Transition from a Stable Career to Unstable Entrepreneurship Opportunity 
  • Joshua's Thoughts on the Banking System and It's Problems
  • How to Become a Better Salesperson

If you'd like to participate in a Friday call, join the show as a Patron! www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron 

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0336-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm MST

I've decided--after many, many requests--to offer paid phone consulting to you, the audience.

If you would like to consult with me on any topic of your choice, I'm now available to you! (Just use this link: https://radicalpersonalfinance.com/phonecall )

I think you'll be interested in the backstory of why I've gone back and forth on offering this service.

A new technology offering is what has made the difference.

Listen to the show for details.

Oh, and by the way...I want you to copy me!

For some of you, this might be a sweet little business idea for you!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0335-My_New_Consulting_Business.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:18am MST

Ever wondered what the actual practice models are for financial advisors? Today, I've invited Sean Kernan on the show to talk about the inside business of financial advice.

Sean is a financial advisor who started his career at the large wirehouses and later transitioned to be independent. 

Since then, he's started a website and podcast to help other advisors called "How to Go Independent."

If you'd like to listen in on two financial advisors discussing what the industry is actually like on the inside, enjoy this show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0334-Sean_Kernan_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:08pm MST

Today on RPF, I answer your questions:

  • How to Lower Work-Culture Costs Without Being Perceived as a Grinch?
  • Should I Take Out a TSP Loan or Student Loans for Grad School?
  • Should I Take a Year Off To Try a Business or Go Directly to Grad School?
  • How To Profitably Invest Paternity Leave?

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0333-QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:19pm MST

Today on RPF, I answer your questions!

  • How to Sell Whole Life Insurance to Buy Term & Invest the Difference People
  • How to Help People Get Experience So They Know What Kind of Work to Do
  • Joshua's System of Marginalia
  • Savoring Books vs. Gulping Books

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0332-QA_Show.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:46pm MST

My guest today is Chad Carson. Chad is a real estate investor and financial freedom pursuer. 

I've invited him on today's show to share his story of how he began investing in real estate with no money and how he's built his empire to a place of financial freedom today.

Enjoy!

Direct download: RPF0331-Chad_Carson_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:02am MST

Today on Radical Personal Finance we dig into the topics of living cheap and well!

My guest is quite the radical guy and he's here to share with us what he's learned regarding:

  • figuring out how to live a great life on very little money
  • figuring out how to build an income from selling things through an online shop

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0330-Nate_Dodson_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:09pm MST

Marketplace lending (a.k.a. peer-to-peer lending) is steadilyadvancing in impact and popularity. Although it's certainly not yeta dominant form of cashflow for borrowers nor is it a dominantinvestment choice for investors, it is on the steady growth and itsimpact is being felt.

My guest today is a front-seat commentator and active investorin this marketplace.

Peter Renton is the founder of LendAcademy.com and the LendItconference.

He's here today to bring us up to speed on the peer-to-peermarketplace!

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0329-Peter_Renton_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:33pm MST

On Fridays, we do a live Q&A call. If you'd like to join the call, sign up here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron 

Today we discuss:

  • The Language of Marginal Tax Deductions
  • Volunteering as an Income Tax Preparer for Low Income People
  • Are Cash Value Life Insurance Policies a Good Place for an Emergency Fund

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0328-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:18pm MST

Medical expenses represent a large percentage of our lifetime expenditures. But do they need to?

My guest today is a practicing physician and he's here to share with us where we can rationally cut back and scrimp and save when it comes to medical expenses.

This area of thought is one of the most taboo areas when it comes to frugality.

Many people who are otherwise quite frugal have an immediate, visceral reaction of condemnation when someone announces they're making different medical decisions in order to save money.

But is this the correct reaction? Or can someone rationally think for themselves and pick and choose the medical care that's right for them?

You be the judge of that!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0327-Mohammad_Ashori_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:00am MST

Immigrants to the United States are much more likely to become millionaires than are natural-born citizens. And although my guest today lives in Canada, the parallel is clear.

Dan Lok had a challenging beginning to his career, not the least of which was that he had to begin with learning and improving his English language skills!

His foray into the world of employment came as a 16-year-old earning minimum wage. He quickly realized that he needed to go into business for himself and he hasn't looked back.

Today, he is a multi-millionaire and owner of multiple, highly profitable businesses.

I've invited Dan on to today's show to learn from his experiences and insights.

Enjoy this unique look into an entrepreneur's story and lessons learned!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0326-Dan_Lok_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:42am MST

I love to explore interesting financial markets which are accessible to the common person who demonstrates a little bit of interest. Today we dig into one such market: guns.

I've invited James Wesley, Rawles onto the show today to discuss how you can intelligently invest in guns as a means to wealth.

We cover:

  • Speculative approaches and non-speculative approaches.
  • How to leverage small amounts of money by buying specific firearm components.
  • Interesting little wrinkles in the marketplace.
  • Etc.

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0325-Jim_Rawles_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:54pm MST

On Fridays, we do Q&A! Today we cover:

  • How to Invest $1k to 10k?
  • How to Prioritize Competing Goals?
  • Should I Stay in my Current Job Until I'm Vested?
  • What Kind of Retirement Plan Should Middle-Age Hotel Owners Establish?

If you'd like to participate in these Friday calls, become a patron of the show at www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron

Enjoy!

Joshua 

Direct download: RPF0324-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:00am MST

One of our primary charges as parents is to raise our children from dependency to maturity and independence. One major component of this task is to teach them to be economically self-sufficient.

How do we do this? Where does it start?

Well, I believe we need to tackle this at a very young age. The earlier the better. 

In today's show, I'll tell you my ideas on the topic.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0323-Teach_Your_8-Year-Old_to_Earn.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:37pm MST

My guest today is Nicole Bryan. Nicole began her career as a schoolteacher with a pile of student loans. Today, she is on track to be financially independent by her 40th birthday.

Her story will be incredibly valuable for you as it will demonstrate the feasability of achieving financial freedom for almost all of us!

Listen and enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0321-Nicole_Bryan_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:28am MST

My guest today is Michael Melissinos. Michael is a trend-following investment manager who has systematically built his own firm over the past few years.

Michael's story presents both a case study of entrepreneurship (how to go from jobs that are poorly suited to you to an entrepreneurial venture) as well as insight into various aspects of trading from a trend-following perspective.

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0321-Michael_Melissinos.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:55am MST

RPF is on Spring Break this week so I'm posting some different content than my normal show. This is a speech that I gave to a local podcasting meetup group here in South Florida called "Breaking all the Rules of Podcasting." It contains my advice to a roomful of new and aspiring podcasters. The speech was delivered on 09/12/2015.

Direct download: RPF0320-Speech_to_South_Florida_Podcast_Group_on_9-21-15.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:00am MST

(RPF is on Spring Break this week, so I'm sharing some interviews with you where I've been featured on other shows. Enjoy! -Joshua)

“I don’t think failure is a mark of shame. Failure and mistakes are inevitable.”

Things Joshua talks about in this episode:

  • Why a “hunch” helped him move into his podcast career
  • Why he had to ignore the advice of people around him to start the podcast
  • Why he had to quit his job to start his podcast
  • How he “mitigated” the details of failure
  • When we do fail, let’s fail in small, manageable ways and make sure we have backup plans
  • Why his podcast fills a gap he could not find anyone else filling
  • Why he started his business with a podcast
  • What social media platforms he uses to engage his audience and market the podcast
  • His advice for people who want to start their business on digital platforms
  • Why he thinks people confuse a platform and a tool with content and a strategy
  • The podcast is not the benefit, it’s simply the tool that we use to deliver the content
  • Why he follows NO ONE on social media
  • Why he schedules free time and focus days

Resources

  • Patreon (for tips)
  • Voice Dictation on iPhone 6+
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
Direct download: you035.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:00am MST

(RPF is on Spring Break this week so I'm posting some interviews where I've been featured on other shows. Enjoy my comments on sales in this interview with The Sales Evangelist! -Joshua)

How well do you listen to your clients? Well, our guest today illustrates the power of listening! By the end of the show, you’d most likely figure out why it does help to just shh…

Our guest on today’s Sales From the Street episode is Joshua Sheats, host of The Radical Personal Finance Podcast.

Coming from a six-year career in life insurance and investment sales with Northwestern Mutual, Josh eventually launched his own organization, Radical Personal Finance, where he hosts a daily, in-depth personal financial planning podcast teaching people how to become financially independent in 10 years or less.

Listen in as Joshua brings a tad wealth of information to the table which you can apply and help steer you towards the road to success.

Here are the highlights of my conversation with Josh:

Some challenges Josh faced:

Overcoming the deep-held fear of sales
Finding the right time to make the transition from working hard to get referrals/prospects

How Josh overcame these challenges and how you can do the same too:

  1. Have a prospecting system.
  2. Spend more and more time listening and less and less talking. The more you listen in sales, the better the results. Ask more questions and listen to what they have to say.
  3. Authentically create a feeling among clients of being heard and listened to. “I learned that if you listen well enough, people will think that you know what you’re talking about because of the way you made them feel.” – Joshua Sheats
  4. Have a script. Focus on how you say it instead of what to say. Engage people, not thinking about what you’re going to say, but about how they’re feeling and responding to what you say. Have a script and know your script. Focus on internalizing the words until you forget about the words and dig into the delivery.
  5. Know where to lead people. Have a script and know where to lead people. This allows you to take the time tested on approaches from professional selling then hone them and make them more elegant for today’s world.

How to be Very Good on the Phone:

  • Listen to everyone around you. Record yourself and do the exact opposite.
  • Study and listen from other people.
  • Take a short pause after saying your name. (This makes it sound like the client knows you.)

Joshua’s Major Takeaway:

If you do good work, that will speak broader than any tactic or technique. If you are a person worth referring to, you won’t need any tricks or gimmicks. Good technique is important for good salespeople. Do both good work and great technique. Focus on being a person who’s worth referring to, worth buying from, and being an expert in your industry.

Direct download: TSE_224_1.mp3
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RPF is on Spring Break this week so I'm publishing some podcasts where I've been interviewed on other people's shows.

This episode is a follow-up appearance on Nick Hazelton's podcast wherein he solicited my advice and comments on his self-education plan.

Joshua

Direct download: joshuaselfeducationplan.mp3
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(I'm on Spring Break this week, so I'm posting an episode of Stacking Benjamins which featured my advice on how to invest to be Dave Ramsey. -Joshua)

How do you become Dave Ramsey? You invest a certain way…and it isn’t the way Dave Ramsey tells you to invest. We welcome Joshua Sheats to the show from Radical Personal Finance to talk about becoming wealthy. What does it take? What does that mean for concepts like diversification, risk and insurance planning? We’ll cover all of those.

Of course, to honor Joshua, we have a LONG episode today, packed full of fun. In the headlines we’ll tackle the reason executives DON’T hire people (it’s not what you think). We’ll handle a great call about changing investments on the Quotacy hotline, and tackle more on Roth IRAs, diversification and the movie the Big Short. Whew! But that’s not all. We have more headlines, trivia and the big “so what” like the cherry on top of the show at the end of the episode.

Direct download: SB309_Investing_to_BE_Dave_Ramsey_with_Joshua_Sheats.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 4:00am MST

Hey Radicals!

RPF is on Spring Break for the next few weeks. (I do promise to go to the beach at least once--but no bikini pictures on Facebook for me!)

I will release a few sporadic shows including some interviews with me which have appeared on other shows.

In the meantime, if you're looking for something to listen to, I encourage you to check out the archives of the show!

I do my best not to repeat topics, so if you're a new listener, you'll find a wealth of topics in the archives of the show.

Download the free Radical Personal Finance app in the app store on your phone and you'll have full access to all the archived shows.

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: Spring_Break.mp3
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On Fridays, we have a live Q&A show. Today we cover these two questions:

  1. Should I Switch from Employment to Self-Employment to Save Money?
  2. How do I Decide Between Model Portfolio Asset Allocations?

If you'd like to join a call like this and have your question appear on the show, simply become a Patron of the show here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron 

Enjoy!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0319-Friday_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 10:24am MST

For most people, housing decisions are the largest financial decisions that they will make. And the mortgages usually associated with housing are the largest debts most of us will take on.

And yet how much time and energy do we actually invest into researching these decisions? 

For most of us, the answer is not much.

My guest today is Casey Fleming and he's here to help us navigate the waters of the mortgage market with some clear, up-front advice.

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0318-Casey_Fleming_Interview.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:35pm MST

I love to discover unique people who embrace an unusual lifestyle. My guests today are a perfect example of such a lifestyle!

Shane and Julie Good live part-time in a converted school bus and part-time in a tiny house that they built themselves. That's impressive.

But, even more interesting...they do it with their seven young children!

Many people let their children get in the way of their adventures. Not the Good family! Their family is fully integrated in everything they do!

Enjoy the interview explaining how they came to this unique lifestyle and what they've learned along the way!

Joshua

Direct download: RPF0317-Shane__Julie_Good.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:18pm MST