Hello there, this is your pilot speaking! (Why yes, I am calling myself a pilot.)
Today, our Jet Setter Interview is with Liquid, of Freedom 35 Blog.
This series covers Passengers on the Jet Setter Manifest, so we can all learn more about money from the experiences of others.
Drop me a line to be featured in an upcoming Jet Setter Interview, we would love to have you on board.
Welcome on board! Who are you?
Hello. My name is Liquid. I’m a full time graphic designer from Canada. I run the site Freedom 35 Blog in my spare time and write about investment strategies as well as commentaries about business, finance, and economics.
Money is for buying stuff, what was the last purchase you made?
A silver maple leaf coin from the Canadian Mint
Why did you buy that stuff, in particular?
Because it’s shiny and I just had to have it.
We like airplanes around here. When was the last time you were on an airplane and where were you going?
I was last on an airplane in April earlier this year. I was taking flying lessons in a beaver aircraft (2-seater)
What is your current financial goal and how did it come to be your goal?
I’ve always liked the idea of early retirement and being free from having to work until I’m 65. After some calculated projections I decided financial freedom is possible before my 35th birthday if I play my cards right.
Who is your favourite person in Top Gun?
Many people harbour some sort of fear of flying. What do you find the most overwhelming or scary about money?
Money represents power and influence, so if it is put into the wrong hands then really terrible things can happen to human rights and the environment.
If I was super-rich and gave you $50,000 with no strings attached, tomorrow, what would you do with it? (I’m pretty benevolent.)
Wow, thank you. That’s very generous. I would probably use the money for the down payment on a rental property.
Lots of things “cost peanuts,” what is a small expenditure that you just can’t live without?
Indie games on Steam when they go on sale.
How long have you been the pilot of your own money? Did you have a job as a teenager? Did you have a lightbulb moment at a certain point in time and take control of your finances?
I’ve had control over my own finances for about 6 years now. I worked at Safeway temporarily when I was younger, but I didn’t start to make any real money until my career began in 2008. I’ve had a bank account since I was 16 though. I think that was when I started to manage my own money even though I didn’t have much at the time and was still living off my parents.
Pretend you have a sky-writing airplane (that can write as many words as you want.) What is the main money message that you want the world to see?
Nobody cares more about your money or your future than you do, so make it a priority to take control of your personal finance, increase your financial literacy, and always spend less than you earn so you can invest the difference in a low cost, diversified portfolio which will reward you with dividends indefinitely.
Thanks for joining us today, Liquid! You can connect with him on twitter @liquid_f35, he tweets a lot of entertaining puns and jokes.