Life on FIRE – what’s next for me, you and us. So, I did a month-long experiment, and learned deeply about the abundance of what’s around me and the deep flaws in the industrial food system. Lessons from What Could Possibly Go Right? Mad Fientist: That’s fantastic! I’m not sure it ever worked. Mad Fientist: Yeah, that’s something I wanted to dive into a little bit more if you don’t mind. People just packed into these seminars. Anyway, all of that is for a rarified group of people who actually want to commit to that. Are there community organizations where people tend to one another? That’s nuts!”. So, I didn’t find that the idea gained more reception. The last 75 years; What could possibly go right? And so I resigned from world-changing. Just a thought. What they wanted to know is why we didn’t have to work. I’m an avatar for something, and everybody projects on me that I’m—. Thanks! And in this one, I’m asking people to do something pretty hard which is to wean yourself increasingly from the grocery store as your source of food. Your relationships are the intimate people who show up for you. It can really change your life." Awesome interview. And from 1980 to 1984, we produced many seminars throughout the western United States. That is what I am going to be contemplating. I’m actually deeply energized. And I had no interest in it at all. -Oprah For more than twenty-five years, Your Money or Your Life has been considered the go-to book for taking back your life by changing your relationship with money. And then, comment and tell us what crazy things you found out about your spending that you probably didn’t know. And author of Blessing the Hands that Feed Us; Lessons from a 10-mile diet (Viking […] I realized, “Oops, maybe I have more to do on this money realm.”, And so, I convened a group at that conference around this question of: “Should I update Your Money or Your Life? Your Money or Your Life. And I don’t have any space. Just today I realize that Vicky Robin is a woman. I read their book in 1992 and never forgot the message. I have a great faith in individuals that, if you free your mind and your time from doing things—you know, as Will Rogers said, “buying things that you don’t need to impress people that you don’t like”—if you free yourself from that insane process that only surge the industrial growth economy, then you will find, within you, that something that is yours to do. Mad Fientist: Well, thank you again. Or do I go into being a priest?” So he had a deeply religious sense, and he wanted to get back to that. I read the book a couple of years ago and it really changed my behavior and my outlook! Vicki Robin: Hmmm… that’s a great question, really great question. Vicki Robin: That was like my “Oh, my God!” moment. I don’t have to do his whole story, but actually by the time he was—just like days before he turned 31, he declared financial independence. Sharing this podcast with some friend and will take a look at Afluenza! Your email address will not be published. And then, from that, I go to, “Okay, fine. La bolsa o la vida | Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, Mr. Money Mustache, Sonia Tanco | ISBN: 9788416788101 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. It was really how are we going to resolve economic expansion and environmental integrity. This island is my emergency kit. And that’s very, very, very deep in us. But we had this huge heart for the work and this huge mission. We’re free to explore the world in the way we chose to do it, and I’m still there. And I think that is another transformative step. I really did. Many people said, “I don’t know what I used to buy. One of the movement's pioneers is Vicki Robin. Required fields are marked *. And so, just after Joe died, I gathered all of the authors and activists who are the “for simplicity and frugality” of that time of my generation into a group. Mad Fientist: I’ll try real quick just to give everybody a sort of like time scale. Oprah understood immediately the transformational power of Your Money or Your Life. It’s everything. Vicki Robin: They didn’t have to prove a track record. I just went to this lecture on climate change and these slides about “We’re just about over the cliff! Recent Posts. The year Joe died in 1997, it was one of the top 10 business books in the United States. I graduated at the top of my high school class. Well, I knew I would find it inspiring… and I have. I just bought that thing. His work and message live on in the transformed lives of program followers throughout the world. But we weren’t around to watch that. I connect with so many of Vicki Robin’s values, and I love to hear her speak–I listened to her CD on the Your Money or Your Life book. This is my life.” This is Vicki gets financially independent. What grows here? When he decided to introduce the 40-hour work week, he’s like, people need time to consume all of these stuff that we’re making. And we found out that, on average, people who actually did the program for six months, their expenses would go down some place between 20% and 25%. Vicki and her partner Joe Dominguez wrote the book, Your Money or Your Life – a New York Times Best Seller that many people consider to be the bible of financial independence (the FI-ble?). In an era of diminishing resources and climate destruction, et cetera, I think we’re going to be thrown on our own more. So I’m trying to find ways to make sure that the highest percentage of my spending is going to happiness as possible, even if that means I have to increase it a little bit. When you go off your breath, come back and watch your breath. Oprah! And then, he refused to go on the road and do any publicity. Can we be a force? Thanks for getting the interview with Vicki. I’m there. And I thought, “What kind of society bags its old people to poverty and treats its young people as the next profit center, the next tulip crazy.” This is not okay. I’m a bit too frugal, and a bit too crazy. So his methodology, and of course his quest for freedom and spiritual evolution, matched mine perfectly. -Los Angeles Times "Vicki Robin wrote the book on retiring happy. I just went through a hip replacement surgery, and I had probably 20 friends take care of me. That piece, if I could just deliver that piece in all its glory, I trust that the rest of it works out. 29 May, 2020. 11 March, 2020. Mad Fientist: So, if anyone wants to find out more about you and get in touch—obviously, Your Money or Your Life, I’ll link to that in the shownotes—, is that a good place for people to go? I was on Oprah again. Obviously, step #9 is investing, and that changes quite a bit. I don’t know how far along in the process you are for the new version of Your Money or Your Life, but is there anything that you know has changed? And I bought it … Read more "Oprah!" We were going to form common cause and find that leader. I’m there. The influence and wisdom this young 72 year old has could astound all the millennials working on FI into something much larger. I enjoyed understanding Robin’s history and current ventures. It has not been a market success like Your Money or Your Life. Work with real people with diverse interests. I think that’s a great exercise to do no matter where you are in the journey to financial independence. And we were going to find the leader long enough. Born in Oklahoma in 1945, Vicki grew up on Long Island and graduated cum laude from Brown University in 1967. And I think there are easier ways to do it, but that miniscule attention—, You know, Joe used to say it’s a meditation practice. I used to call that Your Money or Your Life at the Level of Community. I can really recommend that. That’s how we’re going to deal with this.”. Vicki Robin is a renowned innovator, writer, and speaker.In addition to coauthoring the bestselling Your Money or Your Life, Robin has been at the forefront of the sustainable living movement.She has received awards from Co-Op America and Sustainable Northwest and was profiled in Utne Magazine’s book Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life. -Oprah For more than twenty-five years, Your Money or Your Life has been considered the go-to book for taking back your life by changing your relationship with money. Currently, they’re working too much and don’t have enough time to consume everything that we’re producing. It’s having people all along the river with this different message. “What do I think I’m buying here? They say that 75% of the American economy is consumption. For me, frugality meant freedom. I have this book and I’m about to read it. This March, we spent ~$1000 less. So, I wrote a book about my experiment in my 10-mile diet called Blessing the Hands That Feed Us. But having grown up in poverty, he knew how to do that. So I’m so excited for you to experience it for yourself. So, that’s where the energy came for doing what I call The Millennial Makeover, partnering with some millennials to understand what’s the circumstance that people are fledging into now, how are they making it, and how can the Your Money or Your Life program, the classic program, be relevant to people now, people in their 30’s and down. Was that the case? I mean, I was like a race horse that took the bit in the mouth, and didn’t care if it died before the finish line. Those pioneers are the reason the FI movement exists today. And it was really in that period of time between 1997, ’98, ’99 and 2000 when I was going to these international meetings, just starting to do organizing. Vicki Robin: It is! Great catch. When I had to live by myself, my monthly expenses tripled. It was the first time I really just “This is my life! Vicki Robin: Author & Innovator 121 views. One of which involves money. The downstream actions, it is what our theory was in the ‘90s. Whether or not there will be when this gets published is another story, but I’ll link to it anyway just in case anyone is wanting to join us in Stratford-Upon-Avon which should be fantastic. I just found your amazing podcast couple weeks ago and have listened most of the episodes by now, thanks a lot for amazing content! Mad Fientist: So, if anyone wants to find out more about you and get in touch—obviously, Your Money or Your Life, I’ll link to that in the shownotes—, is that a good place for people to go? Deep in my box of VHS videotapes were some excerpts from the 1992 and 1995 appearances on Oprah. She graduated cum laude from Pembroke College in Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1967. I go through my choices which are diversity. Vicki Robin: Yeah, in the early 1980’s. And thanks for the great interview and for posting this Mr. Fientist. You’ve been living this life for decades. We’ve done a pittance, but we were free! And almost to the person, they said their quality of life had gone up. Awesome. Vicki Robin is coauthor of the national bestseller Your Money or Your Life with the late Joe Dominguez.Called the prophet of “consumption downsizers” by the New York Times, Vicki has lectured worldwide and appeared in various print and broadcast media including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and more. Hundreds of thousands of people have followed this nine-step program, learning to live more deliberately and meaningfully with Vicki Robin’s guidance. So, just thank you from all of us for your contributions. She has also been featured in People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Woman's Day, Newsweek, Utne Magazine and the New York Times. This is the turnaround decade.” And I thought, “Yup! You don’t do that. Mad Fientist: Cool! I developed something called Conversation Cafés which because part of what we saw was needed was not just a person standing up on the stage and broadcasting ideas to people out there who would adopt the ideas, but what we needed was a conversation among everybody like: “Is this working for you?”. 19.2m Followers, 1 Following, 1,154 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Oprah (@oprah) But that story still persists. I see people with hoards of clothes, shoes, handbags and all kinds of electronic gagets, yet satisfaction in life and happines just doing… escapes them. Vicki and Joe had been talking about financial independence way back in the ‘60s and had seminars in the ‘80s and wrote the book and published it in the ‘90s. Trying to hunt the book now in the UK. The message is timeless and even more applicable today. So it’s like the ARK. Financial independence was such a big hook like, “What are you talking about?” That was an amazing promise, and it really caught people’s attention. So, anyway, we produce these seminars. So, I’m in the middle of this. Excellent interview. I can’t believe it, but Vicki Robin, the author of Your Money or Your Life is joining me on today’s show. Thanks for getting people to reconsider whats important and inspiring them with words of encouragement and proof they can live a more satisfying and fullied life. That’s really my great joy. And then, S is for your stuff. 11 March, 2020. This podcast got me to reread the book. I had no idea.Or maybe it was just truth being spoken into a society of lies. This idea of frugality is deeply American. Hundreds of thousands of people have followed this nine-step program, learning to live more deliberately and meaningfully with Vicki Robin’s guidance. Our first one was in 1980. I’m so looking forward to being with you guys really. Joe Dominguez died on January 11, 1997. All my friends, all my old friends were still into like “bigger picture,” “change the world.” And I’m like, “I just like this little picture.”. Vicki has helped launch many … I get it, yeah. It was like, “I’m doing this.”. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode! And you know, a lot of our one-liners are the ones that the minimalists use now. -Oprah For more than twenty-five years, Your Money or Your Life has been considered the go-to book for taking back your life by changing your relationship with money. Which we didn’t understand back then—we didn’t have the tools, we didn’t have the Internet. And so we teamed up. So, I feel like I’m doing this not in a vacuum, but in a context of millennials really. Hundreds of thousands of people have followed this nine-step program, learning to live more deliberately and meaningfully with Vicki Robin’s guidance. It’s like every generation discovers this because it’s so obvious, it’s so hidden in plain sight, that you don’t have to over-consume in order to be happy. Mad Fientist: Yeah. Oprah’s Book Club Vicki Robin View in Apple Books. And you just form these really tight bonds. What is the climate like? We did a lot of work. Mad Fientist: I know you’re currently in the process of updating Your Money or Your Life, so I really appreciate you taking the time out of that to talk with me. Here is the full Oprah episode from 1995. And so, I developed this process called Conversation Cafes. Vicki Robin: Totally! Mad Fientist: Yeah, that’s a fantastic exercise. And then, the K is the hard C in community. Makes it even more important to develop other skills while being FI. And so, we organized a group and did a lot of potlucks and working groups. I thought, “That is nuts!”. Hundreds of thousands of people have followed this nine-step program, learning to live more deliberately and meaningfully with Vicki Robin's guidance. Mad Fientist: That’s fantastic! And that’s distributed through Sounds True. I really appreciate you taking the time out especially when you’re in the middle of updating such a classic book. All the indicators were that even though, tangibly, you could say a million people had read the book, was in a dozen languages (when it came out in Spain, I traveled to Spain, and it became an instant bestseller in Spain; same with Taiwan), even all of that, even the best Humpty Dumpty efforts—the savings rate in the United States was down, opportunity was too consumed, had multiplied out of control—I went into a sense of despair. And what we would assess was the integrity of the person and the team that was doing this project, what their goals were and how clearly they lived their truth. And every single one of them would come up to the stage, and they would do their spiel, and then they would basically say, “The driver of all of these that we’re talking about is the level and pattern of consumption in North America.” And then, they would shrug like, “We can’t do anything about this.”. We have to get millions of people in the street, blah-blah-blah… and then organize.” Well, that’s one thing somebody can do more of. [She is] the millenial money whisperer." He had that classic Catholic moment where “Do I go into sin? Vicky Hohn is on Facebook. 23:22. Could I survive?”. Loved the book. In some ways nothing is new. And he died in 1997, the first weeks of 1997. Gritty Hope: now what could possibly go right? Mad Fientist: Wow! You were the main driver behind the writing of the book, is that right? Vicki Robin: Well, I mean, financial independence was la-la land. So that gives people a better idea because $70,000 sounds very low, but obviously that was quite a while ago. We sold that. We’ve already gone over an hour, and I could talk to you for many more hours. You know how I like […] you do more of the same, to think, “Oh, well…”. My takeaway was the concept of disconnecting from consumerism. Eckhart Tollle & Oprah 2009 Global Web series ~ Awakening your life purpose 3/3 ... 194 Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez - … We would produce the seminar in order to give them all the money… which also blew people’s minds. But I have never heard of her, or her work. Its intuitive, we all know it, Vicki articulates it. 29 May, 2020. 2018 Audiobooks See All. Vicki Robin . But here’s what the traditional was. And so I went to a conference in 1989 in LA. is a prolific social innovator, writer and speaker. And out of that, I came to understand that even though it’s a semi-rural island, even though in the middle of the island, we have some of the best farmland actually, the deepest, deepest topsoil—best farmland in the United States—and we have our prairie, even though all of that, we import 95% of our food. I know that I’m the only thing that’s standing in the way of that new version, and I don’t want to take up too much of your time. I’m sure there’s going to be lots of really good conversations. I don’t like bad. I am very interested in working with people and communities now who are doing some aspect of this kind of localization work—building up local food economies, building up local manufacturing, doing planning processes where you take a look at what are our natural resources here. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. She held up the book, and she said, “This is a great book. So it’s an incredible honor to get her on the show. Wish it would have been sooner. It’s fabulous. I just read it two months ago. So, he had an adequate income for life at a very, very minimal lifestyle. I have a solid history of being a “late bloomer.” ;-). Success! But my question was: “Who’s tossing these kids in the river? Well done! You’d go from carrying water to having a spigot in your house where you can have water. Our biggest one was $25,000. Such evidence of thirst people have now for these ideas; e.g., the Tiny House movement, the huge popularity of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University program and his 2nd most popular call-in radio show espousing FI! -Oprah For more than twenty-five years, Your Money or Your Life has been considered the go-to book for taking back your life by changing your relationship with money. But at that time, interest rates and treasury bonds (which were the smart money went if you wanted to be financially independent) were some place around 7%. Wow, loved Vicki’s comments on consumerism “We’ve lost a basic sanity” at 26:45. Love the underlying reasons of why the movement started. Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist.She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. I talk about the index funds, all the varieties of people who are using index funds; and then some people who are using real estate and some people who are active investors. By 2000, we’re going to have this thing nailed. We weren’t preaching anything. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. But back then, it was revolutionary. It’s choosing and building and participating in a real place in the planet. We weren’t preaching spiritual transformation. Mad Fientist: So now, we’re in the last ‘90s when you’re feeling this. And just to give everyone an idea of how much $70,000—1969 dollars—when Joe retired. Read YMYL back in 90s & it launched me on this path as well. I’m excited to see what you come up with. Export, at that time, it was like a bigger deal. But that said, in my travels, I couldn’t find anybody who wasn’t frugal. I grew up fairly privileged. Is it making me happy?”. And that’s when I found you guys! What makes life worth living?”—really, the questions that are embedded in Your Money or Your Life. FI, FIRE and Covid-19; are we better set for this virus? You know, just all the lists, all the major shows, all the everything. I’d like to just jump back again to the late ‘90s. So basically, building those skills, whether it’s website design or whatever those Awesome interview! And so, there’s an element to this of just biting the bullet and being political, taking stands, speaking truth to power, getting yourself meetings with the governors and the senators and the President, getting yourself meetings with people. It’s not a budget book pattern. So, this was the first US hearing. And we formed something called the Simplicity Forum. And we’ll be living within the environmental means.” And all we had to do was get everybody. So, as I say in the year 2000, some place around there, I started to despair. But the other three, I call it an ARK: A is for your abilities. I am not going to touch too much on the nine steps on the book or anything like that because most of my audience has read it—and if they haven’t, they will be soon, I’m sure. Read many books on finance for 30 years and follow and involved with three of the biggest financial forums, every, M*, Bogleheads, and And so personalizing that definition of money is the transformational heart of this program. And so, from that realization, from doing the calculation for the real hourly wage, it transforms your sense of consumption from being the prize for a hard work week to being something that’s going to send you into another hard work week. Vicki Robin is a prolific social innovator, writer and speaker. 2014 Mehr Geld für mehr Leben. Vicki Robin (born July 6, 1945) is an American writer and speaker. Vicki Robin is co-author of the national bestseller Your Money or Your Life with the late Joe Dominguez.Called the prophet of consumption downsizers by the New York Times, Vicki has lectured worldwide and appeared in various print and broadcast media including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal,Newsweek, and more. And yeah, I think you’re really going to enjoy it. Mad Fientist: So, do you think the solution is to go upstream or is it to convince so many people downstream—or not “convince” them, but show them how good life could be within this other way of life, have them discover that, and then reach some critical mass where, obviously, the people upstream have to take notice? And I especially had a failing. She is coauthor with Joe Dominguez of the international best-seller, Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence (Viking Penguin, 1992, 1998, 2008, 2018). Vicki Robin . Vicki Robin: It was my generation’s version of the minimalist really. Mad Fientist: And you could only survive for two weeks in August or something like that if you had to feed everyone? Vicki Robin is a prolific social innovator, writer and speaker. And everybody, from the oldest person to the youngest person, was in fear about their financial future. We all have the power to live as we choose, no need to blame something external. All you had to do was say, “Oh, I went on the road in 1969,” and everybody knows what you were up to. I am a big fan of this book and the program however with the current economy and the low low low interest rates especially on bonds, which Joe advocates, how on earth do you make the program work without a LOT of cash saved and even then? Man the money or your life stuff changed my life. And that’s one of the reasons not only that I like y’all, but one of the reasons I’m excited to convene with you all is to talk about how do we be a collective force in the collective conversation, not just be a sidelight for a small number of people who wake up. You lose all your social safety net. Vicki Robin: As I say, I was like the Energizer bunny. And so I met Joe actually in—well, we were both traveling. I actually graduated cum laude from an Ivy League university. Vicki Robin: So, he is like a total survivalist and uber smart. I went to an Ivy League university. Frugality is a virtue that goes back to the origins in the US but really even further (think stoicism, Buddhism, early Christianity, etc). When you become somebody who’s like a public figure and all the […] people project everything on to you, you can lose the sense of anything fresh or new. And also, before we start, I just wanted to say a big thank you from the whole community. I had, what I called, cash register mind. I really enjoyed listening to him. It was the first public hearing in the United States on this idea of sustainable development which has now been completely corporatized. And so out of that was born this seminar that we taught for about a decade before Your Money or Your Life came to being. I didn’t really know the debt that young people are into. I did a voluntary simplicity circle in the late 90s and this book changed my life. Vicki went on the road, eventually doing well over a thousand media interviews, including a reprise on Oprah. But I know that you have work to do. Vicki Robin . It was maybe our idealism and our purity or our attempt at purity (we weren’t pure). Vicki Robin. Joe was the man. I live in another island. Hopefully, it gets released soon. But they’re also skills that you can sell or trade if need be. And we met as long as the money lasted, then we stopped meeting. I grew up where both my parents were professionals. And then, the first version of the book was published 1992, is that correct? Vicki Robin: Yeah! Vicki Robin. This is not up for discussion.” After 9/11, Jr. said, “Go out and buy a tie. I don’t know how you do it. And we were a bunch of people who lived in the woods! I believe the big consumerist corporations are a result of people’s behavior rather than a cause of it. We’re going to do this. Thanks for sharing. We tallied up one time. I probably got about three hours of writing right now. They later wrote Your Money or Your Life, a seminal book that espoused the benefits of spending less. I’m not dinking with the 9-step program, per se, but the emphasis is on a different [soul level]. Bücher Alle anzeigen. Mad Fientist: So, what systemic things do you think stopped it from expanding beyond that 20%? You see all these dead babies floating by or little kids just struggling. So we were working on catching, you know, we were on Oprah and then we became a New York Times bestseller, five years in the Business Week bestseller list. Great to hear that a new edition will be coming out. I don’t know where that extra 25% used to go. So, for me, I learned my frugal habits early on. I’m really, really excited to meet you. The mind is confused. Vicki Robin: I love it! He had no idea what that meant, but it was like a guiding light. And I had enough money barely to survive for who knew how long. We were free. It’s not like you snap your fingers, and it happens, because it’s a real community and not everybody agrees with you. Wow! Spending now aligns better with happiness. Join over 100,000 others on the Mad Fientist email list and get instant access to my FI Spreadsheet! I can’t wait to meet you soon. Only disability in life is a bad attitude. Hundreds of thousands of people have followed this nine-step program, learning to live more deliberately and meaningfully with Vicki Robin’s guidance. You […] another’s stuff. And so what does it take to be resourceful in a real community? Yes, somehow or another, yeah. And that’s how you’re going to…”. When do I get to find out what else is in me? I also liked the bigger picture perspective she gives all of us in the FI community. Now just check your email to confirm! You will notice I’m wearing the same purple dress. 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