Hi there, my name is Tyrone Shephard and I currently live in beautiful British Columbia with my wife and two young children. I’m a father, a part-time flight instructor, and a recently turned author and blogger. I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my kids, spending time outdoors, traveling, and experiencing new cultures.
I have an MBA in finance and have spent most of my life working for large multinational corporations and studying personal finance. Like you, my goal is to try to live a life I truly enjoy and want. For me, however, this wasn’t always possible.
Like most people, I used to be stuck in the daily grind. All my time used to be spent commuting to work or being stuck at a job I didn’t really like. Even worse, it felt like there was no way out. Looking back, I’m not exactly sure how this happened, but somehow it did.
We only get one opportunity to live the best life we can and I didn’t want the majority of my life to be spent stuck at a job I didn’t like. The life I really wanted involved spending more time with my kids, becoming a pilot, living new adventures, and taking time off to travel the world. The problem was I didn’t have the financial freedom to achieve any of these things.
Thankfully, I was able to change all that. At the age of thirty-five, seven years after my wife and I started out on a journey to achieve financial freedom, we left our hectic full-time jobs and started living the life we truly wanted. I became a pilot and started working part-time as a flight instructor, she started a part-time job doing something she really enjoyed, we spent a year living oversees in Spain, and liked it so much, we are actually back in Spain for another year now. Best of all, we are now able to spend far more time with our two young children (they’re the ones whose pictures are all over this website).
How to Retire Early and Achieve Financial Freedom
Not too long after my wife and I left our full-time jobs, many of our friends and family started asking how we were able to achieve this feat. It was these questions that prompted me to write our story down and share it with others. I penned a book titled Think Like a CEO and Get Rich. When I started looking into getting the information in this book out there, I realized that the best way to accomplish this would be to publish this book myself and start blogging about how we were able to achieve this. My hope is that others read this blog and realize that they are able to retire decades earlier than most as well.
It all started a little over ten years ago, after I got my MBA and started working for a few large multinational corporations. In short – I simply woke up one day and realized that business school and the corporate world had taught me everything I needed to know about achieving financial freedom at a young age. I started applying this knowledge to my personal finances, and seven years later my wife and I retired from our full-time jobs and started living the lives we really wanted.
The Secret of Getting Ahead
Don’t just keep living a life you’re not happy with and don’t do the same old things everyone else does and retire much later in life if that’s not the life you really want. Remember, we only get one chance at life. Whatever it is you want out of this life, go out there and make it happen.
Mark Twain once wrote, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Unfortunately, many of us never really follow that simple message. We are too scared, too indecisive, or too lazy to start. Don’t be one of the people that dreams about becoming financially free but never does anything about it, be one of the people that goes out there and makes it happen. Click the link below to get started.