Category: Work

Financial Independence is Mandatory, Retiring Early is Optional

The title is a line I often use with friends and even in comments I leave on other websites.  There is no compulsion that financially independent people must retire early.  In math, there is a concept called ‘necessary’ and ‘sufficient’ condition for a given outcome.  Without getting into math, a real-life example will make the concept […]

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M.O.N.E.Y. for Nothing

Recovered from election fever yet? As I said before, we will be persistent and will progress forward no matter who gets elected. Can we get back to business and personal finance?  Good. Everybody wants money.  Okay, maybe not these disciplined Buddhist monks going to their prayer hall.    But even the slippers they wear cost […]

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How I Screwed Up My Early Retirement

Don't miss it!

  Don’t miss it!

Opportunities in life are like a train in an impoverished country.  You better get on it whenever you see one going in the direction you want. Otherwise, you don’t know when the next one will come!

This post is a confession of my screw up where I passed on a rare chance to retire early….real early.  Read this tale and avoid the mistake I made, so you can catch the express train to early retirement.  Otherwise, you never know if it will stop by your station again. (more…)

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How to Earn Like a Boss AND Be Treated Like One

Stop paddling through a lousy job. You deserve better!

Stop paddling through a lousy job. You deserve better!

Most people work in jobs that drain their energy away.  Faced with mortgage or rent, car payments, student loans, credit card debt and other IOUs, most of what gets deposited to your bank as your ‘paycheck’ is gone by the first week of the month.  You still have 3 more weeks left before the next paycheck comes.

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How to Recover From Personal Budget Setbacks

It is a dollars and sense decision.

Budget setback? Don’t worry.

The following is a guest post from my friend Ethan.  Given the retirement crisis, learning how to handle setbacks in personal budgets is relevant to many.  I hope you find it useful.

Effective budgeting typically lies at the core of a successful, long-term financial strategy. Whether it is a relatively informal register of income and expenses, or a detailed, categorical log of household cash flow, keeping track of your money increases financial security.

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Get Mental

Fitness, that is!  In the professional world, we spend a lot of effort trying to look good.   This ‘looking good’ can happen by dressing, demeanor, dialogue or documentation (the last one is also part of how you are judged).   All of this looking good business can leave you tired and chasing the wrong habits.  There are coping mechanisms to retain your sanity and stay mentally fit.  

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Boss: Aren’t we supposed to have a meeting now? Where is everyone? Secretary: Didn’t you read the memo? They have all quit and are blogging about ER.

Your Job. Your Attitude. Your Independence!

Boss: Aren’t we supposed to have a meeting now? Where is everyone? Secretary: Didn’t you read the memo? They have all quit and are blogging about ER.

Boss: Aren’t we supposed to have a meeting now? Where is everyone?
Secretary: Didn’t you read the mails? They have all quit and are blogging about ER.

It’s no surprise your job feels like a prison after reading many personal finance blogs.  It has become a rite of passage for many early retirement (ER) bloggers to declare their freedom from the ‘chains’ of corporate life.   After all, being free from what 99% of the world’s salaried class are doing every day certainly gives an early retiree the bragging rights.  At times, the financially independent ER bloggers seem like the real 1% as we remain part of the 99%.

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