There Is No Magic Formula for Financial Independence
Megan Reynolds

Ms. Reynolds,

I really think you should set aside your pre-conceived notions about this couple and their valid and successful investing strategies. Joe and Ali Olson really know what they are talking about when it comes to investing in real estate.

How do I know?

I’ve been reading Joe’s posts on real estate and investing on another forum for the last 4 1/2 years. I implemented what I learned from Joe and have been able to cut 12 years off my retirement date in that time. That’s right, I’ll get an extra 12 years of financial and personal freedom to do pretty much what I want, how I want it. Not only that, but we’ll be able to do so in a way that we’ll be able to provide for our mentally handicapped daughter after we pass on.

So, thanks, Joe, for spending so much of your personal time to freely share your knowledge and expertise. The advice you shared on has transformed our lives for the better. So has Pete Adeney, who founded the website that forum is on. Another source of valuable information in bite-sized chunks is the Jim Collins stock series at

If I had learned at your age what Joe, Pete and Jim freely taught me over the last 4 1/2 years, I would have been financially independent — i.e., never having to work again unless I wanted to — yet another 12 years earlier.

So, Ms. Reynolds, I hope you will take an open mind, set aside your pre-conceptions, and learn how to change your financial and personal future for the better.

Or, at the very least, desist in discouraging others from doing so.

Best of wishes.