Financially speaking, there’s a whole lot of goodness that has gone down in our household over the past year. I mean, seriously life-altering shit that prepared my wife and me to achieve financial independence and retire before I reached the age of 40 36 35. Things are happening quickly for us and I think that … Continue reading The 3 most critical steps to retire early
Back in September of 2016, Brandon (aka: Mad Fientist) wrote an article for Business Insider about seven pieces of financial advice about retiring early from a guy who retired at 34. The article contained incredible wisdom. Oh, and damn you, Brandon, for beating me to early retirement by a year. 🙂 In the article, Brandon argues … Continue reading The best advice I can give about retiring early
It’s pretty damn surreal right now. I am done with full-time work. Like, “done” done. Unless something absolutely catastrophic happens, I will never set foot in an office again as a member of their full-time work staff. That’s it. I’m free. Best damn Christmas gift ever. I am free to pursue everything that I’ve always … Continue reading My name is Steve, and I just retired at the age of 35
When I told my boss that I am quitting in December to travel, his first question was: “Is this permanent?” His question lead us neatly into a short discussion of taking a sabbatical instead of quitting outright. Perhaps a sane person would have accepted the sabbatical. I, however, did not. 🙂 At most companies, a … Continue reading Why I refused to take a sabbatical and quit instead
The Snowball of Early Retirement – it is a remarkable concept that strikes deep at the heart of how people achieve financial independence and early retirement. It’s a phenomenon that makes ER easy and no assembly required. Just add momentum. I stumbled on this phrase quite by accident writing a blog comment. The comment was … Continue reading Snowball of Early Retirement
The train continues to chug along, pushing forward through a familiar landscape. I can see the faint outline of our destination, finally. It’s there, albeit small. I glance down and slowly follow the narrowing direction of the tracks with my eyes as it leads straight into the City of Retirement. In my first installment of … Continue reading State of Our Retirement: Three months out!
Lean startup. Those of us involved with small businesses may be aware of a set of new-age principles that distill business ownership down to its most basic foundation. And with a little thought, we early retirees can apply these same principles to maximise our desire to quit the rat race. The Lean Startup method is a … Continue reading How lean startup can improve early retirement
What if I told you that my wife and I are planning to retire early at the end of the year, and we won’t have a million saved? Well, that’s the deal. We aren’t waiting around for a million before we call it quits, and there’s a good reason for that…three, in fact. There’s no … Continue reading 3 reasons why I won’t be a millionaire when I retire
The closer I get to early retirement, the tougher it becomes to wait for it. Virtually every day, I am conscious of the fact that I’m still “going to work”, even though I am close to the end. I am still working, checking email, writing reports, answering phone calls. It’s still happening. I know the end … Continue reading Honey, would you be mad if I just go ahead and quit now?
The day, as most of them tend to do, started like any other day. I made my way through my well-oiled routine without a squeak – wake up, grab a shower, make some coffee and sit down to check out what is in store for me at work. So far, everything’s cool – until our … Continue reading That time I unexpectedly told my boss that I’m quitting