Chris Mamula – Author of “Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence”

Achieving Financial Independence: Insights from Chris Mamula’s Book “Choose FI”

Mike interviews Chris Mamula.

In a recent episode of The Million Dollar Book Stories, author Chris Mamula discussed his book “Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence,” offering valuable insights and practical tips for listeners.


Mamula emphasized the importance of starting with why when pursuing financial independence. Many people may not clearly understand what they truly want in life. Mamula encourages individuals to reflect on what makes them happy and to identify the things they want to do more of. Individuals can begin building their dream life by reverse engineering their goals and aligning their actions with their values.

The discussion touched on building a schedule that aligns with one’s desired lifestyle rather than fitting life around work or business obligations. Mamula shared his experience of prioritizing activities like skiing and spending time with family, showcasing how intentional scheduling can lead to a more fulfilling life.

Mamula outlined three paths to financial independence, as discussed in his book: the simple, active, and hybrid paths. The simple path involves low-cost, passive investments such as index funds and ETFs, emphasizing the importance of a high savings rate. The active path entails more personal effort, such as starting a business or investing in individual stocks, with potentially higher returns but also higher risk. The hybrid path combines passive and active involvement elements, such as real estate investing.

During the conversation, Mamula shared practical tips for saving money without sacrificing enjoyment. He highlighted the importance of prioritizing spending on activities and hobbies that bring genuine fulfillment while also finding ways to make them more affordable. For example, Mamula discussed how he enjoys skiing without breaking the bank by purchasing season passes and using gear for multiple seasons.

Mamula underscored the significance of aligning spending with personal values. He emphasized the role of communication and shared values in managing finances, particularly within relationships. By discussing financial goals and values openly, couples can avoid conflicts and work together towards financial independence.

Mike Fallat and Chris Mamula talk about the book Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence.

As a parent, Mamula shared his approach to teaching financial literacy to his child. He emphasized the importance of leading by example and involving children in discussions about money and economic decisions. Mamula highlighted the value of instilling a mindset of financial responsibility and understanding investing principles from a young age.

Listeners were encouraged to connect with Chris Mamula through his blog, Can I Retire Yet?, and his work with Abundant Wealth. Mamula’s book, “Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence,” is a comprehensive guide for individuals seeking to take control of their financial future.

Mamula’s insights from “Choose FI” provide valuable guidance for those on the journey toward financial independence. By starting with why, aligning spending with values, and adopting practical strategies for saving and investing, individuals can work towards creating a life of freedom and fulfillment. Mamula’s book serves as a roadmap for this journey, offering actionable advice and inspiration along the way.

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