Diania Merriam is the founder of The EconoMe Conference, an event centered around financial independence, also known as the “Ted Talks” of the FIRE movement. She’s also the host of the popular podcast Optimal Finance Daily where she narrates articles from the best personal finance blogs on the planet. After getting out of $30k of debt in 11 months, she used her newfound financial freedom to negotiate a remote working arrangement with her employer, take a 2-month sabbatical to walk 500 miles across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago, and launch her own business. Diania saves 60% of her income and is on track to be financially independent by the time she’s 40 years old.

Ken Greene transitioned from being a Professional Engineer (P.E.) to the “Engineer of Finance.” His goal is to help people become financially independent and help them earn better yields with less risk by investing Off Wall Street.

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Show Notes

  • Quick disclaimer. – 0:41
  • Who is Diania Merriam? – 2:09
  • Is retirement a service? – 2:31
  • It took Diania twenty months to produce her first event. – 5:43
  • The FIRE movement. – 9:06
  • How does she calculate her savings from the net of her income? – 10:16
  • With her epiphany, how did it incur? – 11:06
  • It requires a deep mindset shift. – 16:33
  • One of the things that she loves about discovering frugality. – 18:04
  • Credit cards: Enjoy them or against them? – 19:43
  • How does she define a saving strategy and an investment strategy? – 23:15
  • What attracted her to a 401k? – 25:20
  • The mindset of putting her money in different investment accounts: How does she position herself mentally? – 32:21
  • If you’re pulling money out of your investments, then you didn’t plan accordingly. – 35:38
  • Best ways to reach out to the Economy Conference and Diania. – 41:32

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