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Leif Dahleen: Finding Financial Independence

The Physician on FIRE blogger discusses the financial and lifestyle choices that go into retiring early, passive sources of income, and why and how he and his family give back.

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Our guest on the podcast today is Leif Dahleen, who heads up the popular Physician on FIRE blog. Leif retired from his career as an anesthesiologist at age 43. Since that time, he has been blogging about his own financial independence, retire early journey, sharing early retirement and investing guidance with other professionals who might also wish to retire early. He attended the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate and medical school education, completed an internship at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and finished his residency at the University of Florida.



Physician on FIRE

Early Retirement Lifestyle and Financial Considerations

Ramit Sethi: ‘What Is Your Rich Life?’” The Long View Podcast,, Nov. 10, 2020.

Karsten Jeske: Cracking the Code on Retirement Spending Rates,” The Long View Podcast,, Oct. 14, 2020.

Tanja Hester: The Pandemic Will Stoke Interest in Early Retirement,” The Long View podcast,, June 3, 2020.

Chris Mamula: What Young Retirees Need to Know,” The Long View podcast,, Jan. 15, 2020.

Afford Anything

The White Coat Investor

Choose FI Over Fire,” by Leif Dahleen,

The Most Important Factor in Retirement Withdrawal Plans,” by Leif Dahleen,

How Early Retirement Prepared Us for the Pandemic,” by Leif Dahleen,

How to Get Wealthy Investing in a Bear Market,” by Leif Dahleen,

Asset Location and Making Your Money Last in Early Retirement,” by Leif Dahleen,

Prices Are Rising. Should We Be Worried About Inflation?” by Leif Dahleen,

Social Security & Early Retirement 2021: Know Your Bend Points!” by Leif Dahleen,

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Social Security in Your Retirement Calculations,”, March 30, 2021.

Real Estate and Passive Income Sources

12 Passive Income Ideas for 2020 and Beyond,” by Leif Dahleen,

My 5 Current and 3 Future Passive Income Streams,” by Leif Dahleen,


Taxes on a Million Dollars of Earned Income,” by Leif Dahleen,

Top 10 Ways to Lower Your Taxes,” by Leif Dahleen,


Charitable Giving

Pros and Cons of Donor-Advised Funds,” by Amy Arnott,, May 17, 2021.

Giving Faceoff: Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) Versus Donor Advised Fund (DAF),” by Leif Dahleen,

A Gift on Giving Tuesday: $100 to 100 of Your Favorite Charities,” by Leif Dahleen,

DAF Giving Tutorial From Fidelity and Vanguard Charitable,” by Leif Dahleen,