During that time, I changed careers to private investment and eventually paid off over $100,000 in student loans and tuition ($70K Bachelor's in Aeronautical Science + $30K Master's in Finance) for two degrees to finally become debt-free.
Golden Goose Guide takes its name from the fable about villagers who killed the goose that laid the golden eggs, but found no gold inside. After realizing my mistakes, I share my story with the goal of saving others from killing their golden goose, including being trapped in a soul-crushing job or enslaved by debt.
For those who wonder if this transformation is possible with a lower income, it is. For the first three years of my flight career, I never made it above the poverty line. Seven years later, I started over in a completely different industry.
Recently, I moved from the USA to the English countryside, where my wife Belle is from, currently in Hampshire. I work remotely from home as a financial manager for a private investment firm while she runs an Etsy shop called Curly Fern Oddities.
Welcome to Golden Goose Guide, I'm Josh. While a pilot, I learned how it feels to live in poverty, fight chronic fatigue, and hit rock bottom with a broken wedding engagement.
We will be exploring how to achieve these overarching goals:
1. Do what you love.
2. Win financial freedom to pursue #1.
I’ve organized the topics around The 7 Golden Milestones to Financial Freedom:
Start Your Journey – Start
Build Ownership – Ownership
Save Money – Save
Maximize Your Income – Income
Get Financial Security – Security
Repay Your Debts – Debt
Win Financial Freedom – Freedom
If you’re like me when it comes to qualifications and prefer to see evidence of my professional and educational background, check out my LinkedIn profile here. In addition to working in a fintech role as a financial manager for a large private investment firm, I have a Master's in Finance and have been investing on my own since my freshman year of college in 1999.
Prior to this, I was a Geospatial Team Lead for a government contractor, mapping airports with satellite imagery. I'm also a pilot/mechanic with over 5000 hours of flight time including as airline captain and hold an aviation maintenance technician license.
Thanks for visiting Golden Goose Guide, and I hope to see you again soon.
-Golden Goose Guy
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