I asked Benjamin Brandt how deploying to a war zone prepared him to be a financial planner. He said in the military they learned to act without thinking. In his profession now, it’s important to think without acting.
He was a member of Task Force Trailblazer where he was a combat engineer. Their mission was to identify IED’s so US and coalition forces are assured mobility. While deployed in 2003-2005 for 15 months, he saw IED’s get more and more sophisticated.
Now 12 years later he has a successful business teaching people how to retire. He also gives us solid advice how to plan a vacation on a limited budget by:
- have 30 daily (not monthly) budget meeting with spouse
- do not round numbers, be specific. You can save a few dollars here and there that will add up each month
- Press pause on what you can – cable, Netflix, lawn maintenance, etc
We have a great talk about actionable steps we can take to put ourselves in better financial positions. And Benjamin is open about his PTSD and how he has no side effects now.
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You can watch him on his weekly show “Money Monday” in a Gorilla suit here:
He’s an interesting guy with no secrets. He even hired a private investigator to find out everything about him and he published on his blog.
Learn more about Brandt here, including listening to his podcast:
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