As far back as he can remember, Steve Canesso’s goal was to achieve financial freedom and retire by the time he was 50 years old. Everything went back to this goal and he worked towards anything that would take him to early retirement. After years of hard work and serial entrepreneurship, Steve achieved his goal early, retiring five years early at just 45 years old.
Born in Italy, Steve moved to Canada when he was a child and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. A computer programming graduate before personal computers even existed, Steve has always been ahead of the game. With an ability to recognize trends, Steve discovered his interest in real estate investing and had purchased four investment properties within his first two years of employment at the young age of 24. He has worked in many fields throughout his life, including computer programming and even the bridal gown design industry, where he met his wife Bonnie.
Steve believes saving money is more important than how much you make and that you have to find a balance you are comfortable with. To him, being happy is more important than making a lot of money, because money is worthless if you aren’t happy. He also thinks life is too short to live in the past and has the mindset that “worrying doesn’t add a day to your life.”
On the latest episode of The Everyday Millionaire, Steve discusses his early influences and the importance of resilience, as well as partnerships and his experiences and surprises in retirement so far.
Click here to listen to REIN CEO Patrick Francey’s full podcast interview with Steve.