We had the good fortune of connecting with Maximillian Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maximillian, do you have a budget? How do you make lifestyle and spending decisions?
I try to view my personal finances as if it’s my own personal business. As such, I focus on paying myself first in the form of savings and investments. Right now I invest about 50% of my income and I keep my expenses very low. I’ve got no debts and have fairly cheap housing as far as L.A. goes. The reason I save so much is because I don’t want to HAVE to work for 40+ years. I’d rather my mandatory working life be as short as possible so I can become financially independent and only work on projects that are truly fulfilling. I also want more flexibility so I can take a 3 month trip through Europe or Asia if I want. So, I save 5x more than the average American so I can hopefully be done with mandatory work 5x sooner.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One thing that’s been extremely helpful for me professionally is not being attached to the fruits of my labor. In my current job, I’ve produced things like website banners that made my manager flat out say, “It’s ugly. I don’t like it. It’s super basic.” Instead of being attached to what I create and feeling defensive when it’s shot down, I take the criticism without ego and move on to improving on the thing my manager didn’t like. This has not always been the case, and I used to feel extremely defensive when I was criticized about my work or art. But the less I cling to the fruits of my labor, the more free I feel. And this also helps me not think about work when I’m not working. The moment I physically step out of the workplace, I step out of it mentally as well, and that’s been super helpful for maintaining a balance between work and life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were visiting for a week, we would spend at least a few days in Yosemite since we both love the outdoors. From there we would come back to L.A. and hit up a great vegetarian Vietnamese place we’ve been to in Anaheim. Aside from that, we would definitely need to take at least a day trip down to Malibu to chill at the beach and hang around there. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All the credit for where I am now goes to my dear mother. She taught me so many wonderful life lessons and provided me with tremendous love and support. Though she’s no longer here, she will forever be in my heart and I will always honor her and thank her inside.