Greetings and welcome!
My name is Daniel Shin, MD, and I’m a board certified surgeon in Southern California. Follow my journey as I build a real estate empire to break free from my student debt and golden handcuffs.
My motto is “Intentional evolution, every day.”
Despite the high cost of living in SoCal and an annual spend of more than $300,000, I’m aiming for financial independence within the next 10 years. I’ll record this in real time here on the blog with my personal brand of brutal honesty and over-sharing.
You’ll also read about personal finance, doctor life, mindset and more at The Darwinian Doctor.
My childhood was characterized by financial scarcity. By the time I entered high school, we had already lost our house to foreclosure and had times when even a meatball sub was out of reach.
I took out student loans for higher education and over 15 years of schooling and training, I ended up over $300,000 in debt.
The turning point
After a few years of practice as a surgeon, I felt handcuffed to my job and burnt out. I looked ahead to the next thirty years and wondered: “What’s next? What other goals and challenges are left to conquer?”
After much thought, I realized that I wanted more:
- More time with my family
- More opportunities to see my friends
- More freedom to enjoy all the wonders that life has to offer
I decided that achieving financial freedom is the single most important key to fulfilling these desires.
Read about My Why: family, friends, and freedom.
So come along with me as I explore the world of personal finance, investing, and real estate on my journey to financial freedom.
It’s my hope that you’ll be inspired to make intentional “evolutions” in your own life to live your life to the fullest.
Let’s start with a detailed look at my personal finances, and track the hard decisions surrounding debt repayment, frugality versus abundance, and investing for the long term.
I’ve committed now to building a real estate rental empire so it can do the heavy lifting in my investment portfolio.
I’m a firm believer that 80% of success is mindset. Learn how to get your thoughts working for you, instead of against you.
The choice to pursue a career in medicine is not one to be taken lightly. Few careers require so much in terms of sacrifice and delayed gratification before the payout.
Here I’ll discuss my own journey to becoming a physician, and try to impart real advice for others hoping to join these ranks. This area will also be for those who’ve come out the other side and are wondering what comes next.
How can I be the best husband, father, handyman, and gardener that my family deserves?
This section will keep it light and fun.
Do you want to live a long and vigorous life? Of course you do!
But it’s hard to know how to do this when the recommendations change every other month!
With a doctor’s critical eye, I’ll help to interpret the latest advice on how to eat and live.
“Stay focused,” they tell me. “That’s too much to cover in one blog,” they say. Screw them. Let’s do this!
— The Darwinian Doctor