Noah Kagan meets Financial Samurai – Lots of nuggets.

I was in a slump.

I’m a podcast junky. And none of them were talking to me.

Then, kinda out of the blue, Noah Kagan (who I listen to frequently) interviewed the Financial Samurai.

Dang did that interview hit the nail on the head for me. I listened to it three times, back to back to back. Then a few more times after. SO many nuggets.

There are many, but here are a few highlights that stuck out to me:

  • 40 hours a week is arbitrary.

Spend the 40 hours a week on the job, and then spend another 40 on the side hustle. Do that for 2 or 3 years and then suddenly you’re making enough to have choices.

  • Forecast your misery.

It’s great to be excited about the job you’re in, but keep an open mind to the concept that 10 to 20 years down the road you might just hate it. Be prepared for that by starting now.

  • Financial jealousy is the wrong lens.

Compete for liberty. Someone whose worth is 5 times more than mine is poorer than me if they’re tied to meetings, deadlines, investors, lawyers and any other bureaucratic BS.

  • Brand yourself online.

The samurai would be SHOCKED if we could not reach a modest income of $3500 per month after three years of disciplined web posting. Meaning, 2 to 4 times a week. I’m not that disciplined at the moment, but this has renewed my motivation for providing content.

  • Never fail due to a lack of effort.

It’s easy for us to say we’re not smart enough, or we’re unlucky but there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that prevents us from trying hard.

There’s a lot more in their conversation, like:

  • Investing in real estate.
  • The Shock Doctrine. (mine was Djibouti)
  • Optimizing for happiness.

I took notes on all of it and have since added the Financial Samurai to my feed.


I currently use Stitcher for my podcast listening – and use the ‘Listen Later’ feature to reduce data usage.

I’m using WordPress and Bluehost for my website, with which I am working on my branding.

My side hustle is The American Edge, a growing knife sharpening service.

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