Hi, my name is Michael Quan.
I am a dedicated family man, financial educator, and international best-selling author of The F.I.R.E. Planner (released May 4, 2021).
My passion is helping others to achieve financial freedom and live intentionally.
Why I Created This Site
I reached financial independence (F.I.) in my 30s and retired early (R.E.) from a traditional career when I was 36. This was made possible through a combination of aggressive saving & investing, entrepreneurship, and real estate.
However, none of this would have been possible without a positive mindset. I attribute this to great parents, mentors, coaches, and of course, some luck and grace from up above.
Now it's my turn to help others to become financially alert. This means openly sharing the knowledge, strategies, and beliefs that can fuel financial freedom for life.
I'm originally from the Los Angeles area, and now call sunny San Diego my home.
I co-founded an I.T. services company when I was 25 years old and wore many hats, including CFO and President. We had humble beginnings but managed to build a profitable service company over 10 years. We eventually expanded nationally before selling it to a larger service provider. I spent a year and a half with the new company, but a 9-5 corporate job definitely wasn't to my liking. So, I negotiated a generous severance package in 2013 and dove headfirst into early retirement!
Just so you know, early retirement isn't all roses and sunshine... it certainly has challenges. I will definitely discuss these in this blog.
My FIRE Life
These days I use the term "early retirement" loosely because now that I don't need to work a corporate job, I tend to work even more! But, at least it's work of my choosing and on my own terms. I believe a FIRE life is all about the freedom to choose. (I'll leave it up to you if think I'm retired or not.)
I am a lifelong student, always seeking knowledge and ways to grow. As an investor, I am constantly looking for a better return while minimizing risk. Real estate has been good to me and I continue to focus on single-family homes, syndications, and most recently STRs (short-term rentals).
Now that my kids are in primary school, I've shifted some of my priorities to writing a book, launching a wealth builders mastermind, podcasting, and playing lots of tennis. I love financial coaching because I get to see people shift the entire direction of their lives with a few key decisions and "aha" moments.
I am happily married to my wife (Mrs. J) of 18+ years. We met at University on a blind date of all things! She is an incredibly passionate teacher and well-loved by her students. (Interesting side note: those who love their job are typically NOT interested in the "RE" side of the F.I.R.E. equation... my wife included)
We have two wonderful children - Little K, our daughter, is quite outspoken and independent. And, Little L, our son, is compassionate and fun-loving.
My hope is that this site will offer your inspiration, encouragement, and tangible resources on your path to financial freedom and/or F.I.R.E.
I've been blessed to have my story and/or strategies featured in several larger publications which you can find here - https://www.financiallyalert.com/press.
Here's a clip of a LIVE news interview I did with CBS8 in San Diego. (Fun fact: public speaking was my number one fear before!)