Pathfinders: Extraordinary Stories of People Like You on the Quest for Financial Independence—And How to Join Them (Hardcover)

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Pathfinders: Extraordinary Stories of People Like You on the Quest for Financial Independence—And How to Join Them (Hardcover)

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From “The Godfather of Financial Independence (FI)”, a follow-up to his international bestselling personal finance sensation The Simple Path to Wealth!

Pathfinders brings together scores of amazing and insightful real-life stories from real people on the journey to financial independence—providing practical encouragement and inspiration for anyone who wants to join them.

Lighting the way in the real world to The Simple Path to Wealth, these are fascinating, heartfelt, often surprising tales:

- of struggles overcome and the rewards that followed
- of enterprising solutions to unexpected problems
- of sacrifices made and the kindness of strangers
- of surprisingly simple steps—and the amazing places they can take you

...and much, much more.

Author JL Collins accompanies these readers’ stories with reflections on his “rules for the road”—as well as a candid conversation about the journey to financial freedom with his daughter, the inspiration for his original international bestseller.


Pathfinders is the ultimate companion for your own journey to financial freedom—and the true and lasting wealth that lies at the end.

JL Collins is the international bestselling author of The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life. He has been called “The Godfather of FI” in the financial independence community. He launched his eponymous blog, jlcollinsnh.com, in June 2011 and is the founder of the legendary Chautauqua financial independence retreats. His Talk at Google has received over 1.4 million views, and he has appeared on dozens of popular finance shows and podcasts.

His first job was selling flyswatters door to door and picking up empty pop bottles from the side of the road for the 2-cent deposit (at the age of eight). His last was working as talk show host and magazine publisher. His work has taken him to most U.S. states as well as Canada, Germany and England. He has also travelled widely in his own time. He has been married to his wife, Jane, for 41 years.

Pathfinders is his third book.

“Few people have bridged the gap between spreadsheet and the real world like JL Collins—this book is full of real stories from real people seeking the greatest gift money can provide: independence.”
—Morgan Housel, Author of Same as Ever and the #1 international bestseller The Psychology of Money

“Most people believe that achieving FIRE is impossible. JL Collins’ brilliant new book proves otherwise. It’s packed with stories of ordinary people who mastered their finances and now live extraordinary lives, and proves that reaching FIRE is achievable no matter your current circumstances. It’s also filled with the wit and wisdom JL has become famous for. Highly recommended.”
—Brian Feroldi, Author of Why Does the Stock Market Go Up?

“Pathfinders proves that the path to financial independence is simple, achievable, and doesn’t require a degree in finance ... These stories will make you feel less alone in your struggles and find solace in knowing that no matter how bad your situation is, there is a way out.”
—Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung, Authors of Quit Like a Millionaire

“Prepared to be inspired, motivated, and humbled by the array of successes discussed in this must-read.”
—Scott Trench, CEO + President, BiggerPockets

“JL Collins has emerged as a leading light in the financial independence movement thanks to his special blend of hard-won wisdom, fabulous storytelling abilities, and good old-fashioned common sense. Pathfinders, which places JL’s own stories and insights alongside the stories of fellow travelers on the road to financial freedom, is an engaging and inspiring read from start to finish.”
—Christine Benz, Director of personal finance and retirement planning, Morningstar, Inc

“JL Collins does it again! He shows that money doesn’t need to be complicated. Success with money comes down to a few basic principles that anyone—under any circumstances—can accomplish.”
—Jon Luskin, CFP®, Advice-only financial planner

“JL Collins has created something spectacular with Pathfinders: it’s the perfect companion to The Simple Path to Wealth, and a true must-read for anyone pursuing Financial Independence ... a book unlike anything I’ve seen in the personal finance world. I think it’s another instant classic.”
—Brad Barrett, Co-founder and host of the ChooseFI Podcast