About Young Retiree

January 18, 2018 Jordan Meola 0 Comments

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Welcome to Young Retiree

Hey! I’m Jordan, here with my wife Renee, blowing soap bubbles on the edge of a lake.

I cherish abundant living. Engaging with life, and the world around me. I like to experience new things. I like to be with the people I know and love, and to get to know the people I don’t know, to discover them and grow to love them too.

But what’s the purpose of Young Retiree? Why does it exist?

Here’s The Story

I’m 23. There are a lot of us 20-somethings out there. It’s a hugely formitive time of life, filled with a lot of pressure, a lot of decision making, and the need to start making our way in the world.

Like many college graduates, I job searched like a maniac for most of my senior year of college, and even MORE in the 3 months after I graduated. I had a Bachelors of Science in Communications and Marketing. Every spare minute that I wasn’t doing part-time work in an autobody shop, I was on Indeed, Ziprecruiter, and Glassdoor, putting my carefully edited, meticulously composed resume out to dozens and dozens of jobs.

I had dozens of phone interviews. Drove hours to one interview after another. The job market, as I’m sure many of you will find out, if you haven’t already, is pretty brutally tough. Jobs posted as “Entry Level” demanded you have AT LEAST 2 years of experience if you expect to work for them (what exactly does “entry” mean here?).

You now seem to also need a Masters degree to be deemed qualified. And this was all for jobs paying $25,000-$35,000/year at best. It beats minimum wage, but it’s still not much for moving out on your own, getting married, the works. No wonder more and more people in their 20’s are still living with parents!

Then there’s the almost unanimous notion that you need to work a 9-5 job, or a 40+ hour week just to make a living. You spend most of your waking life working under a supervisor, or a boss, hoping to eventually retire in your late 60’s, if your lucky, or work enough over time…

The idea of Young Retiree is to just start sharing ideas that I found through lots of trial and error, and a mix of good and bad experiences, that can completely transform those narrow ambitions.


From Little Savings to Entrepreneurship

So here’s the thing; my job searching had left me on the ropes, battered, tired, and feeling hopeless. There are thousands and thousands of young people, college graduates or not, that are feeling this too. I was also battling mental health difficulties, panic attacks, and trying to prepare for living with my wife who I dared to marry young. I wanted to live freely and abundantly with her.

Guys, there are so many ways that you can use the things you’ve learned to make money.

You may have a degree, or completely skipped college and just started living and working. You may have only basic people skills, and be trying to make it in a tiny apartment. You may feel like there’s no way out.

But you have ways to make money. To save money. To reach financial freedom.

It takes drive, discipline, and self-motivation. It takes work. It takes patience. But you can build a business.You can reach income goals that are far beyond what anyone believes possible at your age. From small habits and penny saving apps, to life-changing financial investments and business endevours, YOU CAN DO THIS!

Many of us dream of starting rock bands, or achieving wordwide fame and success, but for creative, outside-of-the-box thinkers, and entrepreneurs willing to put in work in the beginning, there are realistic paths to take.


My Goal

So the goal of Young Retiree is to share my experiences, and some of the things I’ve learned, about how to make money after college, without a typical 9-5 job.

I also want to learn from YOU! Everyone has different experiences and discoveries to offer.

I want to help you avoid scams (because, unfortunately, I crashed into my fair share) and find business building options that are actually worth your investment!

If you have any comments, questions, or ideas to share, I would love to hear them. Thanks!

Over and out,


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