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5 Things I’ve Learned From 5 Years Of Blogging

Starting a blog five years ago changed my life. Before my blog, I watched too much television and lacked self-motivation. The blog empowered me to make better use of my time. I became more productive, more thoughtful about investments and money decisions, and eventually, I replaced the part-time income my wife once earned. Through the […]

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Retire At 50. Live To 100.

I’m not one for round numbers. But I had a thought recently. What if I could retire at 50, then live to 100? Is that even possible? If so, which part is the bigger challenge? The whole basis of this blog is my goal to retire by age 55, one year prior to the age […]

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The Changing Realities Of An Ideal Retirement

I can describe my ideal retirement in three words. Long and healthy. If my retirement is long and healthy, I’ll have very little to complain about. Beyond that, everything else is icing on top of the cupcake. But like my four-year-old sugar-crazed daughter, I spend a lot of time thinking about the icing. A Healthy […]

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7 Smart Money Habits To Build Long-Term Wealth

Most of us aren’t looking for extravagant wealth. We simply want sustainable and long-lasting wealth that provides financial security for our families and enough money to fund the lifestyle we desire. That kind of wealth is more attainable than most people think. But there are no shortcuts. By consistently following a tried and true strategy over […]

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The Importance Of Job Satisfaction In Pursuit Of Early Retirement

Some people are driven to the idea of early retirement because they lack job satisfaction in their career. Working into their 60’s isn’t sustainable. Unhappiness at work comes in many forms. It could be a negative coworker that makes you dread going to the office. Or the job pays a low salary with few opportunities […]

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Does Growing Up Mean Outgrowing Your Dreams?

Last April on a long solo drive, I listened to the Mad Fientist’s interview with Vicki Robin on the Financial Independence Podcast. Vicki Robin is the co-author of , the book that popularized the term financial independence. The 2018 version includes a foreword by Mr. Money Mustache, who in 2012, wrote about the book causing a […]

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10 Lessons I Learned From 4 Months Of Unemployment

The warning signs grew more obvious over the course of last summer. But I still thought I’d survive the impending funding cuts that my IT project was facing. By the time fall arrived, I had already dodged a few rounds of layoffs. But it wasn’t much longer before my number was up and I was […]

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It Is The Working Man Who Is The Happy Man

True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents. – John W. Gardner I lost my job on October 2nd last year. The news was both disappointing and liberating at the same time. Disappointing that I’d have to pause my wealth-building campaign and draw down savings. And disappointing that my employer of 14 […]

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Are “Smart” Money Moves Preventing Us From Becoming Rich?

Back in January of 2017, most personal finance professionals, advisers, bloggers, and just about anybody willing to give you money advice said to avoid investing in crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin. The price of Bitcoin at the close of 2016 was $963.74 per $1 USD. On the last day of 2017, the price was $14,156.40. That’s […]

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Investing, Blogging, and Nine-To-Fiving – The Year In Review

2017 was an exciting year for me as an investor, blogger, and professional nine-to-fiver. The year started off as expected. But in the last quarter, I was let go from my job putting a halt to most new investments. The extra time has provided the opportunity to focus on my family and to work on […]

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What If I Don’t Go Back To Work?

Around friends and neighbors, I’m using the phrase “in between jobs” to describe my current employment situation. That’s a convenient euphemism to make it sound less bad. Most people aren’t familiar with my business so they only see a jobless Dad of three kids married to a non-working Mom, dealing with a mortgage and the same […]

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My Employer Just Liberated Me From My Job! Now What?

In the intro to a recently published blog post, I mentioned that there’s been some turbulence at my nine-to-five workplace. Funding was tight, but it looked as though I’d survive any downsizing. Well, things got worse. My project was hit hard, and the surrounding projects were hit even harder. I found out two weeks ago […]

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Don’t Need This Stinkin’ Job

Recent contractual turbulence at my 9-5 job has people nervous. Funding is uncertain. Job cuts are likely.  Thanks to my expertise and training, I should be OK. But the situation reminds me that the pursuit of financial independence prepares us for corporate layoffs and recessions, even if we’re not 100% financially free yet. A potential […]

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