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How to Think

What will make you happier: retiring early or never retiring at all?

What's the difference between people who retire early and who never retire? The answer is actually pretty complicated.
Oct 17, 2019·10 min read
Perfection

Kill It: Seeking perfection is your sworn enemy

In the public sector, we have a saying that goes something like this: "Good enough for government work!". It implies that the government doesn't expect perfection, so "good enough" is often all you'll need to put into an assignment. This article is a part of the Kill It! series of articles aimed at streamlining your life into a well-oiled machine. Sadly, it also implies that "good enough" is somehow inferior. After all, the saying isn't "Give it your all
Mar 12, 2018·5 min read
Minimalism

Kill It: Minimalism need not apply

You've heard it time and time again, I bet: Minimalism is where it's at. It's how to declutter and take back control of your life. But, I also don't believe living that small is required to take control of your life. You don't need to be a minimalist.
Mar 5, 2018·4 min read
budget

Kill It: Pay yourself first

Let’s face facts: Budgets kinda suck. They aren’t fun. They take time and effort to create and maintain. Maybe it’s time to ditch the budget. Maybe it’s time to pay yourself first. But what does that even mean, "pay yourself first"?
Feb 26, 2018·5 min read
success

Kill It: Don't let experts talk you out of success

Dogma - the belief that our way is the right way. Sadly, dogma fills the discourse in our culture. We feel personally insulted when someone takes a different route than we took. They must be wrong - after all, our way worked for us ! It's gotta work for everyone else, too. Experts tell us how to get out of debt. To build wealth. What cars to buy. The computers to use. There's no shortage of "experts" out there. Here's a sec
Feb 12, 2018·4 min read
Kill It series

Kill It: Reduce exposure to advertising

Short of moving out of the first world, it's nearly impossible to escape the incessant draw of advertising. Television. Radio. Hell, even blogs (like this one) contain advertising. It's all over the place, and it takes its toll on our wallets. This article is a part of the Kill It! series of articles aimed at streamlining your life into a well-oiled machine. The biggest sources of ads come from television. Even if you have mastered the art of ignoring adve
Feb 5, 2018·5 min read
Kill It series

Kill It: Earmark your money and give it purpose

Imagine sitting around your house twiddling your thumbs. Literally doing nothing. Void of anything meaningful in your life, hardly a reason to get out of bed in the morning. This sounds like a life without purpose, doesn't it? This article is a part of the Kill It! series of articles aimed at streamlining your life into a well-oiled machine. It sounds awful. And truthfully, it is. We all want a purpose in life; something to strive toward; a reason for get
Jan 29, 2018·5 min read
Kill It series

Financial automation was the key to our early retirement

One of the most important keys that allowed my wife and me to retire when we did was financial automation. We took a lot of the discipline out of early retirement by simply setting it on autopilot. It meant we didn't need to think about saving money all the time. Here's the deal: It doesn't matter where your money is going. Whether we're talking your 401k, Roth IRA, a brokerage or a savings account, taking the time to setup automation [https:
Jan 22, 2018·4 min read
Kill It series

Why your debt is the Mr. Burns of success

We all know Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, don't we? The hard-ass boss, hell-bent on world domination who owns the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Mr. Burns remains in a perpetual cloud of evil, wanting more. Always wanting more. This article is a part of the Kill It! series of articles aimed at streamlining your life into a well-oiled machine. It reminds me of debt. Debt is a powerful force, and it has a way of taking as much willpower from us as it can.
Jan 15, 2018·5 min read