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Chautauqua 2016
Katie
• Jim
Thank you for being incredibly generous with
your time and for giving us so much actionable
advice to go away ...
Alan
• Jim
Thanks for the advice, friendship and
opportunity to invest in Florida. See you for
Aston Martins and Pizza in ...
Ken
• Jim
It seems crazy, but it took until now for me to
truly appreciate the advantages of VTSAX
• Pete
I enjoyed our 1:...
Brigid
• Jim
Thanks so much to you and Jane for the
friendship and advice and for having the
inspiration to start the Chau...
Brent
• Jim
Thank you for sharing both the investing and
life lessons you are teaching your daughter to
all of us. No matt...
Ani
• Jim
It was fun getting a seal of approval from
you on my financial strategy. Long live
VTSAX!
• Pete
You have had a ...
Van
• Jim
Thank you so much for sharing not only your
knowledge of finances, but the deep love you
have for your family. I...
Danielle
• Jim
Thank you for your human warmth, reflective
candidness, and thoughtful advice. Our
conversation was deeply ...
Carl
• Jim
Hey Jim; it was fantastic meeting up with you
and Jane again. I hope our paths cross many
times in 2017 and bey...
Maddy
• Jim
You have made the overwhelming world of
investing a simple reality for me. FI is within
reach and I could not ...
Deborah
• Jim
Thanks for making investing simple enough for
me to actually do it. My daughter thanks you for
inspiring me ...
Mark
& Joon
• Jim
Thanks for sharing not only your analyses but
also the stories that illustrate them in real-
people term...
Helen
& Jon
• Jim
Your insights and advice on investing and life have
created a foundation for us to grow upon. Your kind
...
Robert
• Jim
Jim, I was glad to meet a fellow ballroom dancer, New
Hampshirean, and motorcycle enthusiast. I hope you and ...
Suzanne
• Jim
Thanks for generously sharing your advice
wisdom, and friendship. I’ll see you and Jane
again in Ecuador or ...
Ying
• Jim
The 1-on-1 session was immensely helpful and
was pivotal in helping me decide to stay on the
entrepreneurial ro...
Brady
• Jim
Thanks for creating such a clear and concise
presentation on something that has now
become so important to my ...
Shaina
& Jason
• Jim
You’ve made us feel comfortable and confident in
taking the next steps in our journey to financial
fr...
The Team
Thank you for a life changing event and
incredible time in Ecuador
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The Thank you from the participants of Chautauqua November 2016 to Mr Money Moustache, Jim Collins and Mad Fientist

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Ecuador Chautauqua 2016

  1. 1. Chautauqua 2016
  2. 2. Katie • Jim Thank you for being incredibly generous with your time and for giving us so much actionable advice to go away and think about. We really enjoyed spending time with you • Pete You rock MMM! Thank you for the random chats, your advice and only giving us pretend face punches. • Mad Fientist Big thanks to you and Jill for your time and your invaluable advice. Feel like we really connected with you guys and would love to hang out with you back in the UK! • Cheryl Thank you for your hard work, warm energy and inspiring talk
  3. 3. Alan • Jim Thanks for the advice, friendship and opportunity to invest in Florida. See you for Aston Martins and Pizza in England soon. Your ideas, energy and generosity of time have inspired us so much. Thank you Jim • Pete Loved the FacePunch, enjoyed chatting, your philosophy inspired and challenged thank you. Incredible week and so much energy and I am inspired to help more people like you • Mad Fientist Chatting with you and Jill was a real highlight of our time at Chautauqua. Thank you for your insight, energy and friendship, thank you for helping us to Brute Force the Spreadsheet and getting us closer to joining you in FI! • Cheryl Thanks for organising everything and making us feel welcome and for the energy bars when we needed them the most after football
  4. 4. Ken • Jim It seems crazy, but it took until now for me to truly appreciate the advantages of VTSAX • Pete I enjoyed our 1:1 immensely. It was great to get to know (at least a glimpse of) the man behind MMM! • Brandon You’ve inspired me to push myself to achieve a personal goal once I return home. Can’t wait to hear your first song … good luck! • Cheryl Awesome job organizing the trip and making sure everyone got to the right place. • Alan Terrific presentation and a funny guy. It was great to meet you
  5. 5. Brigid • Jim Thanks so much to you and Jane for the friendship and advice and for having the inspiration to start the Chautauqua. • Pete It’s been great getting to know you better this week, and thank you for helping give me the confidence to aspire to FI in the first place. • Mad Fientist Your presentation wasn’t what I was anticipating at all – it meant so much more than I would have gotten out of more graphs. If your mom ever lets you venture south when you’re in Florida, you and Jill are welcome to visit. • Cheryl Walking around town today, I can see how the love you have for Ecuador developed. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all.
  6. 6. Brent • Jim Thank you for sharing both the investing and life lessons you are teaching your daughter to all of us. No matter the age, this information is so important to a happy life. • Pete Thank you for teaching us that it’s okay to Mustache-punch a few things every once in a while. • Mad Fientist Thank you, and Jill, for showing everyone how awesome a post-FI relationship can really be! • Cheryl Thank you for teaching me that it’s okay to follow what you love.
  7. 7. Ani • Jim It was fun getting a seal of approval from you on my financial strategy. Long live VTSAX! • Pete You have had a huge impact on my life. It was great to discuss my real estate strategy with you. • Mad Fientist Thanks for the friendship! It was great chatting about my podcast plans with you and I am looking forward to you and Jill visiting California soon. • Cheryl Thanks for sharing your stories , it was a good learning experience.
  8. 8. Van • Jim Thank you so much for sharing not only your knowledge of finances, but the deep love you have for your family. I will remember that the most. • Pete You are an inspiration to all of us to strive for the highest level of happiness and badassity. Thank you for being so generous with your time. • Mad Fientist Magic tricks?!??! Relationship advice?!?! We aspire to have as loving a relationship as you two. Thank you for the inspiration • Cheryl Words cannot express how thankful we are that you put together this incredible event. Im in awe of your generosity and giving spirit.
  9. 9. Danielle • Jim Thank you for your human warmth, reflective candidness, and thoughtful advice. Our conversation was deeply impactful. We will live happier lives because of you! • Pete Appreciate your humble yet assertive perspectives on life. Thanks for being your authentic self and extending your badassity to us. We will be better for it! • Mad Fientist It was a privilege to experience the first 2:2 with you and Jill! We learned so much by just connecting on similar struggles. Thanks for being vulnerable and sharing your story with us. • Cheryl Your sweet and cheerful persona is contagious and welcoming! We felt at home because of you and Rich. Thanks for your generosity and passion for making the world better.
  10. 10. Carl • Jim Hey Jim; it was fantastic meeting up with you and Jane again. I hope our paths cross many times in 2017 and beyond! • Pete Hey neighbor, thanks for the inspiration and advice. Life 3.0 (working at my passions) begins very soon. • Mad Fientist Beer! Scotland!! 2017!!! • Cheryl Cheryl, your presentation was one of the high points of my trip. I have a feeling our paths will cross more than once in the future and I greatly look forward to it.
  11. 11. Maddy • Jim You have made the overwhelming world of investing a simple reality for me. FI is within reach and I could not be more excited about my future. I have enjoyed getting to know you and Jane, and look forward to hearing of your travels and dental woes. • Pete Thank you for the blog and the concept of FI. I have so much more to learn and challenges ahead to refine my life for the better. Sweet Simplicity. • Mad Fientist Branden and Jill I feel like I have found two new great friends. I plan to read more of the MF blog/ideas but more than taxes, I have enjoyed getting to know you both personally. • Cheryl Your smile and soul are warm and welcoming. I have enjoyed Ecuador through your eyes and am inspired by the world you have created for yourself and Don Rico.
  12. 12. Deborah • Jim Thanks for making investing simple enough for me to actually do it. My daughter thanks you for inspiring me to jumpstart her financial independence. Hope to see you and Jane in NH! • Pete Thanks for keeping me from waking up at 4:00 a.m. ever since you wrote Pension Schmension…and for all the great advice from savings rates to garage construction. • Mad Fientist Your surprising, inspirational talk about your journey helped so many of us to imagine our own. Thanks also for opening up the world of travel hacking. Hope to cross paths with you and Jill again. • Cheryl Thanks for making this marvellous week happen, and especially for offering me the opportunity to play decorator. I look forward to visiting you at Above the Clouds inn.
  13. 13. Mark & Joon • Jim Thanks for sharing not only your analyses but also the stories that illustrate them in real- people terms. We greatly respect the feedback you gave on our questions. And it’s great to spend time with such a great couple as you and Jane. • Pete Thanks for your humor and clarity in thinking, as well as teaching us to really examine what happiness means for each of us. • Mad Fientist Thanks for your and Jill’s honesty, humor and daring us to put dreams into action. • Cheryl Thanks for making arrangements so conducive to mutual encouragemens; spacing things out so our heads were not spinning with TMI in TSP (too short a period); tools for thinking about happiness; and yours and don Ricardo’s warmth.
  14. 14. Helen & Jon • Jim Your insights and advice on investing and life have created a foundation for us to grow upon. Your kind words from Jack Bogle are more than deserved. • Pete Our discussion was amazing and showed us an alternate path. To say this is life changing is to understate the impact this will have on our life! • Mad Fientist Your tactics are amazing but even more valuable for us were your words of wisdom regarding the emotional transition. After meeting with you we feel confident to retire 1 year earlier than imagined. • Cheryl You have created a truly unique and amazing experience. Thank you all for your amazing advice and support and the incredible, life-changing week in Ecuador.
  15. 15. Robert • Jim Jim, I was glad to meet a fellow ballroom dancer, New Hampshirean, and motorcycle enthusiast. I hope you and Jane have a fantastic journey around the US! • Pete Pete, I enjoyed our walk-and-talk and your relationship stories. Thanks for the years of motivation through your blog and your useful thoughts this week. I found your “cut waste not happiness” recommendation, and the tactical considerations (exercise, sleeping enough, etc.) really useful. I’m also looking forward to trying a version of the “part-time Elon Musk approach” for a skill I want to develop for work. I hope you enjoy your second week in this lovely place. • Mad Fientist Brandon, it was great talking with you and Jill. I plan to use your mastery ideas and the “part-time Elon Musk approach” you synthesized from your and MMM’s approaches to learn a few things I had not been prioritizing by pushing them into work hours. Good luck with the album goal, and I hope the rest of your trip is fantastic. I hope you both enjoy Tokyo and that I get a chance to see you again in Edinburgh or maybe London! • Cheryl Cheryl, thanks again for arranging this chance to meet so many like-minded people in such a fantastic environment. Thanks also for sharing your thoughts on happiness and meaning. I really enjoyed my time here and appreciate the effort that you and Rich took to make sure everything ran smoothly!
  16. 16. Suzanne • Jim Thanks for generously sharing your advice wisdom, and friendship. I’ll see you and Jane again in Ecuador or ??? • Pete It was great to get to meet you and to hear all your badassity tenets in person. • Mad Fientist Chatting with you and Jill was a high point of my experience. Thanks for sharing so much. • Cheryl and Ricardo Thanks for all your hard work and preparation. I appreciate your effort and enjoyed getting to know you both.
  17. 17. Ying • Jim The 1-on-1 session was immensely helpful and was pivotal in helping me decide to stay on the entrepreneurial route. Thank you for sharing your experience and insight—it was much appreciated. • Pete Thank you for the fun chats on the bus. This week was a good introduction to mustachianism and your contributions to the FI space. Mad Fientist & Jill It was super fun to chat with and get to know you and Jill. I hope we cross paths in Hong Kong (if not elsewhere!) • Cheryl & Rich Thank you both for running this wonderful event. Your passion and attentiveness are much appreciated. Thank you Cheryl for keeping me fed and Rich for leading the morning runs.
  18. 18. Brady • Jim Thanks for creating such a clear and concise presentation on something that has now become so important to my life! • Pete Loved meeting the man the blog and hearing your viewpoints on things throughout the week. Your presentation helped clarify some of the next steps I want to take when I return home. • Mad Fientist It was great chatting with you 1:1 and having with someone to relate to about some of lessons and experiences I’ve been going through recently. See you in SF! • Cheryl Incredible location for an incredible event. Thanks for organizing it all!
  19. 19. Shaina & Jason • Jim You’ve made us feel comfortable and confident in taking the next steps in our journey to financial freedom. Thank you. Our door is open in AZ when you and Jane hit the road! • Pete Thanks for not face-punching us out of Ecuador. We’re working on it man…expense slash n burn when we return. Shaina has vowed to eat only Cricket flour and Jason to add Fuck Wit to his everyday vocabulary. • Mad Fientist You are badassity personified. Thanks for having the courage to lead the way and sharing your woes and worries on the way to F.I. And Jill is a rock star…until Up Helly Aa…cheers!!!!! • Cheryl What a beautiful place and an amazing experience. Thank you for your hospitality and sharing the Ecuadorian culture with us. Thank you for sharing your journey….and your coffee  We look forward to visiting again.
  20. 20. The Team
  21. 21. Thank you for a life changing event and incredible time in Ecuador Familia Chautauqua 2016

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