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“Financial Samurai and this book have prepared me for life after basketball! A straightforward guide to live a balanced, financially free life.”
—SHAUN LIVINGSTON, three-time NBA champion

“A no-nonsense guide to living your best life now while also ensuring a financially independent future.”
—EMILY CHANG, anchor and executive producer of Bloomberg Technology and bestselling author of Brotopia

“A one-of-a-kind book! Bold advice from someone who’s not just done the math, he’s lived it. A must read!”
—KUMIKO LOVE, founder of The Budget Mom and bestselling author of My Money My Way

“Step-by-step, chapter-by-chapter, Sam shows how to make optimal money choices that focus on wealth building—not just saving for saving’s sake, but for living life on your terms.”
—DAVID MCKNIGHT, bestselling author of The Power of Zero and Tax-Free Income for Life

About the Author

Sam Dogen founded Financial Samurai in 2009. One of the pioneers of the modern-day FIRE movement, he was previously at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, from which he retired at age 34. Dogen is a graduate of The College of William & Mary and received an MBA from University of California Berkeley. His passive investment income exceeds $300,000 annually. Dogen lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children. This is his first book.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Portfolio (July 19, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593328779
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593328774
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.53 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.56 x 1.12 x 9.44 inches
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Sam Dogen is the mastermind behind, one of the largest independently-run personal finance sites with roughly one million organic visitors a month. He launched Financial Samurai in 2009 when the world was falling apart and his net worth was taking a beating. His inspiration was to help himself and others make sense of the chaos.

As a finance veteran since 1999, Dogen writes from firsthand experience to provide the most helpful insights possible. He spent 13 years working at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, holds a BA in Economics from The College of William & Mary, and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

In 2012, he left his day job in finance at age 34 to be permanently free and pursue being a writer. He has lived in seven countries and has traveled to over 60 countries so far.

Dogen’s writing delves deeper into investing, real estate, retirement planning, career strategies, and more, so we can all achieve financial independence sooner, rather than later. Financial Samurai is also proud to be one of the pioneers of the modern-day FIRE movement.

Since the financial crisis, more than 80 million visitors have stopped by to learn, share, and grow. In addition, Dogen’s work has been highlighted in major publications such as CNBC, MarketWatch, Forbes, The Consumerist, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and many more.

Dogen is also known for The Financial Samurai Podcast and the one-of-a-kind eBook, How To Engineer Your Layoff, which teaches employees how to negotiate a severance package and be free.

When not writing or podcasting, Sam can often be found on the playground taking care of his two young children or on the softball field or tennis court.

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By Almond Butter on September 4, 2022
I've been a part of the FIRE community for years. While it has been a great experience overall, you'll see the same information recycled repeatedly after some time. It's all the same, nothing original, and many so-called gurus have no real financial training. Financial Samurai is an exception and has completely changed the personal finance and financial freedom space. Sam brings originality and 13 years of experience at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse to the table, and it shows. I was over 70,000 USD in debt before I found Financial Samurai. Now I've sliced through the debt with Sam's literary sword, and I'm completely debt free. Sam continually encourages you to save until it hurts, and I'm hurting. Like all things in life, you pay now or pay later. My aggressive savings pain will be relieved when I reach retirement age, and I don't have to burden myself or my country.

Sam also gives out great recommendations on personal finance tools and investment platforms. I followed his advice on real estate in the Sun Belt, and I'm up 6.4% this year, though the S&P 500 is down a whopping 18%. I'm not beating inflation, but I'm beating Wall Street, and I'm ok with that. Sam's contributions are the most significant added value financial freedom information you will find on the internet for free (at his blog). Everything in the book is covered in his blog. Though the book is well-organized, you can easily find what you're looking for to achieve financial freedom. I would start with a purchase of his book, then dig through his blog site for some original real gems. I love that Sam is Asian American and shares his unique cultural experience in America with his audience. I've learned so much, and it's a narrative worth reading. I love that Sam is conscientious, and his morals come through in his writings. He often writes about leaving a legacy, his parent's sacrifice, his wife, and his kids. Reading his blog, you'll see he has great morals and values. I'm continually motivated to fight for a better life. I'm continuously inspired to do more extraordinary things. Sam is the virtual mentor you never had in real life. Don't miss this opportunity to improve your life. Never Retreat! Never Surrender!
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