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How To Get A Raise: The Less Traveled Path To Financial Independence

How To Get A Raise: The Less Traveled Path To Financial Independence


FIRECracker is Canada’s youngest retiree. She used to reside in some of the costly cities in Canada, however as an alternative of drowning in debt, she rejected residence possession. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and journey the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Publish, CNBC, BNN, Enterprise Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it’s the most shared story in CBC historical past and their viral video on CBC’s On the Cash has garnered four.5 Million views.


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Keep in mind how I stated on this submit that nothing makes me happier than when individuals work in the direction of FI, comply with their passions, and create happiness on this world?

Properly, at this time, I’m pumped to introduce you to Chautauquan Brandon, who did precisely that. When Brandon first got here to Chautauqua UK final yr, not solely did he impressed us with this kickass video modifying expertise, he elevated the entire expertise with a great deal of laughter (principally my infantile giggles). Working example: we have been consuming an English dessert referred to as “Spotted Dick” and Brandon went across the dinner tables snapping “Dick pics”:

The description says all of it

So you possibly can see why we’re kindred spirits. I used to be ecstatic when Brandon got here again to Chautauqua this yr, bringing alongside his pretty girlfriend, Kimmy (you possibly can see a video on her ideas about Chautauqua right here). And I knew, from the primary time we met, that Brandon was a go-getter, however what utterly blew me away was his wage improve because the final time we chatted. I knew this was a narrative that must be shared. So with out additional ado, right here’s Brandon’s story about going from working in manufacturing unit making $7.50/ hour to a 6-figure job that takes him everywhere in the world:

How To Get A Increase: The Less Traveled Path To Financial Independence

By Brandon

A few weeks in the past I used to be at Chautauqua the place FIRECracker and Wanderer have been sort sufficient to take a seat down with me after hours to assessment my funds. Sure, these are the enjoyable actions we keep up late for at Chautauqua. I began by displaying them my prices and financial savings price. Then FIRECracker’s eyes targeted on my revenue and gasped, “You make how much?! A year?! Wasn’t it like way less the last time we talked?” It was.

I undoubtedly don’t take my excessive paying profession without any consideration based mostly on the place I’ve come from. Though I hadn’t realized how uncommon it was to double my wage over the course of 5 years. It obtained me occupied with my a lot much less talked about path in the direction of Financial Independence. Getting paid! Particularly getting paid extra for the work I’m already doing.

My job as a Digital Advisor (anyone who helps corporations construct software program to unravel enterprise issues) takes me everywhere in the world. At present I’m scripting this with my laptop computer sitting on a tray desk flying again residence from Silicon Valley. I simply completed every week of conferences with one among my largest shoppers and even acquired a preview of some prime secret know-how that hasn’t been launched to the general public but. Not solely do I get to work with the most important family names within the tech business, however I’m paid financial institution to do it. When you had informed my 17 yr previous self I’d be making six figures and flying everywhere in the world to unravel technical issues I might have blown smoke in your face and walked away.

Get out of right here with that mess bro…

Small City, Restricted Alternatives

To offer you an concept of how I obtained my hefty wage and how one can too, let me again up a bit and inform you about my house city….It was so small that there have been solely 63 college students in my graduating class. Have you ever heard of a “One Stoplight” city? Properly, we didn’t even have that. One restaurant, one financial institution, one cop automotive, you get the image… In a tiny city like that the perfect job I might get was a manufacturing unit job within the auto business as a result of school was one thing that different individuals did.

Proper out of highschool I landed a producing job in, you guessed it, the auto business. It was the one choice I assumed I had. It wasn’t all dangerous although. Manufacturing unit work purchased me a home, automotive, and a couple of.four youngsters. Nicely not fairly…no one needed to sleep with me so I spent that portion of my wage on cigarettes and beer.

Engaged on a manufacturing unit flooring isn’t what it was. My grandfather labored at Ford Motor Firm with a beginning wage of $15.72/hr (adjusted for inflation) in 1957. Then retired after 25 years with a full pension. Whereas my first job began at $7.50/hr with no pension. After 12 years I used to be making $21.25/hr as a result of I averaged $1/hr annual raises.

On the age of 30 I made a decision to make a profession change from manufacturing unit work to information work. And it paid off. Let’s check out my wage over the previous 19 years.

That is the primary time I’ve checked out my wage in a graph. What stands out to me probably the most is the facility of schooling. That massive dip round 2012 and the skyrocketing line afterward is once I went again to high school to complete my diploma in Worldwide Enterprise and Administration Info Methods–the primary in my household to take action.

I labored more durable in school than I ever had in my life and 6 months earlier than commencement I accepted a suggestion from the most important privately held firm on the earth. I had no expertise in know-how, outdoors of serving to my mother log onto Fb, but my beginning wage was considerably larger than my manufacturing unit pay.

Discovering FIRE

Fortunately I found FIRE (shoutout to GoCurryCracker) shortly after my wage began growing exponentially. In any other case I’d nonetheless be spending my additional revenue on cigarettes and beer as an alternative of creating it work for me. As I devoured the varied FIRE blogs I observed that folks targeting two primary paths to get there.

  1. Chopping prices by consuming lentils and sharing a toilet with smelly roommates
  2. Incomes extra cash from a aspect hustle like actual property or some sort of way of life enterprise.

No one appears to focus on growing their wage as a way to get there. Perhaps it’s as a result of lots of people pursuing FIRE hate their jobs. For individuals like me who love their jobs although I really feel prefer it’s a wonderfully legitimate path. I can hear the haters now, positive, positive you’re keen on your job. Would I do it without spending a dime? No. Would I proceed to work after FIRE? Perhaps, perhaps not. I’m wanting ahead to having the choice.


A yr and a half into my Digital Consulting profession one thing sudden occurred. I used to be laid off with the opposite 80% of my division in 2015. Shit. No job = no wage.

Once I lastly discovered a brand new job, to my shock, it got here with one other increase. As you possibly can see from the chart from 2015-2018 I continued to have vital raises. My wage is simply over $100,000 which is the quantity that made FIRECracker gasp in disbelief. “You have to write a post on this. People have to know!” She stated.

It appears there are solely two locations the place speaking about wage isn’t taboo. Chautauqua and blogs. It’s a taboo topic and there’s no means round it. I want it weren’t although. I’m pleased with my raises and I need to share my story so you will get paid too! My function for sharing my story is 2 fold. To shine some mild on a much less talked about path to FIRE and to point out you ways I did it so you are able to do it too. You’ve gotten extra incomes potential than you assume however it’s a must to take some dangers to unlock it.

What I’ve discovered about getting paid

Every of my 6 raises after school got here from a special managers. It labored to my benefit as a result of I feel managers take their staff as a right. They get acquainted with you and if you’re badass they arrive to anticipate that from you. So it doesn’t appear to be an enormous deal to them whenever you go over and above. That’s when you must decide to remain or go since you’re supervisor shouldn’t be supplying you with the popularity you deserve.

Your supervisor solely has a lot authority. Even when they needed to pay you extra, it’s not their cash. They’re doubtless working inside a price range or another sort of firm constraint. The work you’re doing may be value a 20% increase however they could solely have authority to provide you 5%.

Raises are given in context of everyone in your organization. Once I acquired the most important increase of my profession my supervisor went to bat for me and she or he needed to sacrifice giving raises to her different staff to do it. Maintain this in thoughts too, each worker thinks they need to be making extra. Each single one. You, me, and that incompetent bum that is available in late day-after-day. Managers need to stability all these expectations.

One of many hardest truths about compensation is that it’s not linked to efficiency. Let that sink in for a minute. Wage and efficiency are usually not associated. We’re programed to assume that if we work more durable we’ll receives a commission extra. My expertise has proven me that isn’t true. Working example, you in all probability know some fool that makes a ton extra that you simply. A boss, proprietor, and so forth… and also you ask your self “How the hell did they get in that position?”

If you’d like a fats increase and also you’re supervisor can’t or gained’t give it to you then you must change managers. Meaning discovering a brand new job. “But I’m comfortable at my job and I like the people I work with.” Okay that’s superior. Simply know that you’re sacrificing your fats increase for them.

However Wait There’s Extra…

There’s a chance to extend your wage regardless of your state of affairs. Quitting my job and going again to high school was one of the difficult issues I’ve ever carried out. There have been some days that I used to be so frightened of failing that I didn’t even go to class. Counter intuitive I do know however that’s what nervousness does to you.

I really like the phrase “You’re stronger than you think.” We have now a lot potential inside us however we’re so scared to pursue it as a result of we’d fail. I’m not going to inform you I’m not afraid of failure. I’m. However wanting on the potential I’ve been capable of unlock up thus far assures me that I’ve to take these huge dangers in an effort to receives a commission.

My path in the direction of FI is a much less conventional one. I’m not counting each penny or utilizing my additional time for a aspect hustle. As an alternative, I’m pushing arduous, taking dangers and up to now I’ve been capable of double my wage. Now, I’m sharing my story with you so you are able to do it too. What’s my compensation for sharing my story? Some crappy Greek wine that Wanderer shared with me whereas we watched the moon mirror off the Aegean Sea. Ahh properly, it’s higher than a swift kick within the face with a golf shoe.

Have you ever ever needed to negotiate a increase? Did you get what you needed? If not, what did you do about it?

What are you concepts for getting paid what you deserve?

Observe: To study out extra about Brandon, take a look at his weblog “Today, I Learned About Myself”

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