Rob Berger is a speaker, writer, investor, podcaster, deputy editor at Forbes, and author of the book, Retire Before Mom and Dad.
Rob Berger, founder of Dough Roller and Retire Before Mom and Dad, talks about the simple math of early retirement and more essential FI lessons that are important to talk about.  For more information, visit the show notes at
The thirty-third NewRetirement podcast. This time, Steve Chen is joined by guest Rob Berger — author of Retire Before Mom and Dad: The Simple Numbers Behind a Lifetime of Financial Freedom — and discusses key aspects of retirement finance, especially fee ratios and financial literacy.Recording, editing done by Davorin Robison.© 2019 NewRetirement Inc.
Rob Berger grew up literally with Rich Dad, Poor Mom. While his mother almost lost her house after his parents divorced, his father was filthy rich, picking him up in a Rolls Royce for weekend visits. Throughout high school and college, he spent every dime he made, and graduated with around $55,000 in debt - and a wife.Upon graduating law school, he felt that “If I don’t save something, it would be a missed opportunity - even if it was $100 a month.” Keeping up with the (lawyer) Joneses took him in a big way - fancy car, fancy watch - and it wasn’t until he started listening to Dave Ramsey and hearing all those people scream “I’M DEBT FREE!!!” that it clicked. He didn’t want the fancy things anymore, he wanted to be debt free. He started saving in his retirement accounts, while simultaneously paying down debt because “it would be insanity to forgo contributions to your 401(k) so you could pay off your 6% student loan debt or credit card debt you can transfer to a 0% card. Even if you don’t have a match, you only have that one year to contribute. When the year is gone, that opportunity is gone.”Rob discovered that small changes in his daily habits didn’t have a very big impact in his daily life, but these small changes had a HUGE impact in his net worth. As he turned down opportunities to spend money, he saw his net worth skyrocket, until his money was making more money than he was!Rob has taken everything he learned on his own journey, and put these tips into a book aimed not at Early Retirement, but Financial Independence - encouraging everyone to attain the freedom to pursue their best life.In This Episode We Cover:Rob's journey with moneyLived rich dad poor dad lifeSaved money for retirementHow his lifestyle and position changed transitioning from a law firm job to a government jobPsychological component of a side hustleLeaving the big law firm changed his mindset about moneyMaking $100 in 6 months to $30k in 18 months doing blogsHow he treated his salary money and side hustle money differentlyThe moment he paid down his debtsThe reason why he decided to sell the businessWhat prompted him to write the book called, "Retire Before Mom and Dad"What his book all aboutAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsFinConPT MoneyFrugalwoodsBiggerPockets Money Podcast 10: Designing a Frugal But Luxurious FI Life by Age 32 with Liz ThamesMindy's emailScott's email Connect with RobRetire Before Mom and DadRob's TwitterThe Dough Roller Money Podcast
How do you feel when you look at your investment statements? Will you ever experience financial freedom? How about retirement? Does it seem like nothing more than a pipedream? My guest this week is Rob Berger, a personal finance editor for Forbes, and author of the book, Retire Before Mom and Dad. According to Rob, financial freedom is a journey, not a destination, and he shows us ways that we can get started right away. You can find the show notes for this episode at  Our sponsor, Borrowell, is on a mission is to help Canadians feel great about their credit. To do it, theyíve taken a product that was once $23/month and made it completely free. To get a copy of your free credit score, credit report, as well as ongoing monitoring every month, head to 
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Virginia, Orange Free State, South Africa
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