Who is The Money Commando?

I started this blog to document my journey towards financial independence and keep myself accountable. I’m 4o years old and I plan to be able to retire at 45. I’m married to an awesome woman and I have two great kids. I like my job. It’s challenging, it’s fun, I like my colleagues, and it gives me a sense of accomplishment. However, I know I might not feel this way forever. Companies change and managers come and go. My quest for early financial independence isn’t about quitting my job – it’s about having options. If I decide to keep working once we hit our retirement goals then my passive income will give us  a bigger margin of safety.

I’ve always been interested in investing. Since I was in high school I’ve read voraciously about all things financial. I’ve read biographies of famous investors like Warren Buffet. I’ve read lifestyle books like “The Millionaire Next Door” and investing books like “The Intelligent Investor”. For the last 2 years I’ve been working towards becoming a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). I’ve been doing this to round out my knowledge in areas like trusts, wills, Social Security, Medicare, pensions, etc.

Why did I choose the name The Money Commando? Well, a commando is a highly trained soldier who is expected to operate alone and do whatever it takes to complete the mission. For me, that mission is to achieve financial independence as a means to a better life. We all operate alone on our journey through life. Yes, we might be married, have kids, and be surrounded by amazing supportive friends, but ultimately we are all responsible for ourselves, our choices, and achieving our goals. We are all commandos.

Follow me as I work towards financial independence. I’ll be posting updates on my passive income streams, net worth updates, and some general thoughts on retirement planning, working, traveling, investing, and saving.