For some people with minimal lifestyles in low cost areas of the US (or living internationally) that can be $30K.
I think the series does a good job covering principles such as leverage (software, capital, labour) which are rarely taught in school.
Most financial planners only talk about cutting costs, not making more money, because they don't know how... this is the opposite.
I have a friend who is pretty wealthy. I've noticed he spends a fair amount of time worrying that his money is secure. Seems like the ultimate first world problem to me, but it's real.
Of course, this can be accomplished by either dramatically increasing your assets, or by dramatically decreasing your expenditures.
But there are presumably other ways to engineer your account permissions so that one or two rogue associates cannot clean you out?
Once you're wealthy, kind of :) (there are some complications and the fact that often the main limitations of doing what we want are usually not wealth, but not knowing what we'd want the most in the first place, or lacking courage/skill to pursue it)
But there's the process of getting wealthy, which can include self-restriction of freedoms...
The wealthiest person I ever dated (he wasn't super wealthy while we were together just doing well, but I just saw him a month ago and he was excited because he CAN retire now but doesn't want to - he's 38) spent TONS of money doing rich people things in the pursuit of wealth, he stretched his bank account very thin over and over doing this.
Going to Sundance, Cannes, Burning Man, TED, etc to network. Spending gobs of money on impressing friends and others he wanted to be friends with. Picking up thousand dollar tabs for groups of people then minorly freaking out the next day.
But spend money to make money. Worked for him. And he got to be super self-indulgent along the way.
The thought of going to Burning Man for millionaire-business networking makes me sick, the quintessence of how Silicon Valley tech bros are murdering human culture.
And as smart as the guy is in many respects (language, social skills, etc), he is a dumb-dumb when it comes to technical anything or analysis of any type of market/business. But holy fuck, that guy can sell anything (most especially himself - was a fascinating person to watch).
Also, data point of one. Sometimes faking it doesn't work out so well.
Of course that's the far side of the line - someone with no real income at all. But if your networking expenses are regularly on the far side of your income and you don't have some kind of track record to prove to yourself you can make the networking work, you're playing some very high stakes poker.
That's because it's a dirty secret. Most people selling you wealth building strategies are loathe to openly talk about how so much of it is based on "who you know" more so than "what you know". They might touch upon it incidentally in the course of their spiel, but it's either glossed over, or they don't have the level of insight/self-reflection needed to be able to articulate the value and cost (and indeed the pathways and mechanisms) of networking.
Freedom to do what you want is given to you at birth