Recent Episodes

May 22, 2024

Retiring Early? Access Your Retirement Money Before 59.5 (Without a Penalty) | E141 Sean Mullaney

We always hear the importance of taking advantage of our 401K and IRA accounts. The tax advantages and employer match are too good to pass up on. But is this true for early retirees? If I’m planning on retiring in my 40s, sh…
May 8, 2024

Does My FIRE Number Account for Inflation? | E140 Jesse Cramer

I love playing with compound interest calculators and one equation I’m routinely calculating is the number of years until I reach financial independence. Using the 4% rule, I multiply my living expenses by 25 to get my FIRE …
April 24, 2024

6 Essential Skills to Have a Successful Career (and Make More Money) | E139 Dave Lamont

As someone pursuing early financial independence, it is almost guaranteed that over time, a lot of your wealth will come from investment growth but as we all know, it takes money to make money. The first $100,000 of your net…

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The Ultimate Year-End Financial Checklist: Get Ready for 2024!

  The holiday season is upon us, and before you know it, we'll be welcoming 2024 with open arms. But before the year comes to a close, there are a few essential financial tasks you can tackle in just 30 minutes or less to set yourself up for…

9 Tips to Prepare for Your Doctor’s Appointment

9 Tips to Prepare for Your Doctor’s Appointment Did you know the average doctor’s appointment only lasts 16 minutes and 14 seconds? With doctors under immense pressure to see as many patients as possible, it’s crucial to use this …

The Intentional Networking Tool to Help You Stay Connected

The Intentional Networking Tool to Help You Stay Connected Networking is a key ingredient for success. You can find job opportunities, increase sales, create collaborations, and learn new things through conversation. If we simplify networking, it …

About the Hosts

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Kyle Peters

Producer and Engineer

I've only guested on a couple episodes, but I do a lot of the production work behind the TSIR brand.

I joined the team in January 2022, but I've been a die-hard fan of the show since Justin published his first episode. I love to see how it's grown, and I believe this is only just the beginning.

Editing and producing publishable content from raw audio is my favorite responsibility. Of course, I love having behind the scenes conversations with Justin as well.

I just moved down to Austin in August of 2022, but I'll never forget the dirty Lou in hometown Missouri.

Some of my favorite things are electronic music, live sports, chess, and finance.

If you're a fan of the show, send us a message. We'd love to hear from you.

As always, thanks for tuning in!

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If you’ve listened to an episode of The Struggle is Real, you’ve heard my voice.

I’ve been hosting the show since the inception. Has it really been almost 3 years!? Thanks to you that have stuck around with me as I find my voice as a host.

Prepping for our guests and asking the questions are my favorite responsibilities.

I’m currently living in Austin but St. Louis will always have a soft spot in my heart.

Some of my favorite things are Cardinals baseball, plants, and rock climbing.

It’s been an absolute blast creating this show for y’all (I’m allowed to say that in Texas). I’m not going away anytime soon so if you have feedback, I’d love to hear it.

Thanks for tuning in!