Browsing category: How to Retire

The best advice I can give about retiring early

Published January 25, 2017  

Back in September of 2016, Brandon (aka: Mad Fientist) wrote an article for Business Insider about┬áseven 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. ­čÖé In the article, Brandon argues […]

My name is Steve, and I just retired at the age of 35

Published December 23, 2016   Tags:

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 […]
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. ┬á­čÖé At most companies, a […]

Snowball of Early Retirement

Published October 12, 2016  

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 […]

State of Our Retirement: Three months out!

Published September 28, 2016  

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 […]

How lean startup can improve early retirement

Published September 7, 2016  

Lean startup. Those of us involved with┬ásmall 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 […]
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 […]
The closer I get to early retirement, the tougher it becomes┬áto 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 […]
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 […]
It is only natural to second-guess yourself the closer you get to accomplishing a major life goal, and retiring early from full-time work is no exception. It seems the closer we get, the more unsure we become. Maybe another year of work will drive the nail more firmly into the coffin? There’s only one problem […]