I am a 34 year old Canadian. Until June 2013 I was invested entirely in registered mutual funds. Since then I have moved to DGR and deep value self-directed investing, mixing in some non-registered small taxable DRIP positions. My first inspiration to focus more on my future planning was from the book "The Wealthy Barber", which taught me some life planning fundamentals. Later, books by Derek Foster introduced me to the concept of DRIP investing, and helped inspire me to actively manage my investments with a long-term DGR focus. Finally, a blogger named Mr. Money Mustache is also inspiring me to make significant changes in my life to live happier, simpler, and invest more of my income at the same time. His ideas give very clear direction to reach my goals sooner in life, and reach my ultimate goal of Financial Independence.