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Why do married men and women work longer than unmarried?

I stumbled on an interesting statistic this morning as I was perusing the web for, well, interesting stuff. This one is about the average working hours of married men and women vs. those who are unmarried. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics : > Married men work an average of 4.6 more hours per week compared with unmarried men. > Married women work 1.6 hours more. Interesting! Some thoughts that might account for this discrepancy: * Ma
Apr 6, 2019·2 min read
How to Retire

How much does income affect your post-retirement lifestyle stability?

One of the most spirited debates within the early retirement community revolves around the influence that a high level of savings (as well as income) has on a person's ability to retire early. I have argued in the past that although a high income can help, an aggressive savings schedule is a far better measure to determine a person's fitness for early retirement.
Apr 3, 2019·4 min read

What was it like to manage people [more than] double my age?

I was 32, and in a single day, I got an opportunity to leap several layers of management - to go from a common staff member writing mundane software to the Director of Information Technology. This was seriously humbling in an "I'm a badass" kind of way. That morning, I robotically strolled into work as I always had. Walked into the office around 6:30am and lazily commuted straight back to the kitchen, fixed me a cup of coffee an
Feb 22, 2019·6 min read
Corporate America

It's okay to love your work, but here's the problem with loving your job

Jobs are like your three-year-old child – just like kids, some days your job is literally the best thing in the world, and the very next day it seriously tests your patience. WTF, you were doing so well!
Nov 30, 2018·6 min read
How to Think

Your complete guide to a money-making career in the tech industry

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a reader asking me if I would work in the tech industry again if I had the chance to do it all over. Like I said before, this IT business can drain the life out of you. Long hours. It's boring, but also exciting, frustrating and lucrative all at the same time. I would do it again, but only because of the techniques that I have developed to keep this business from killing me. One
Nov 14, 2018·9 min read
Guest Posts

Working 'til retirement scares me to death

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today, I bring you a guest post from a newer blogger in the Personal Finance blogosphere, Cody from Dollar Habits . He and I have something in common - we both hate the idea of working until 65. Cody, take it away! Limited Exposure to Early Retirement Growing up, I didn’t have many examples in my sphere of influence of anyone who retired early. My older relatives, for the most part, all worked up to the traditional retirement age be
Nov 5, 2018·5 min read
In Retirement

He nearly drove through a funnel cloud, then ended his career

The other day, I got a remarkable email from one of my readers. He told me a story of when he nearly drove right into a funnel cloud in the wee hours of the morning in his semi truck, nearly ending his life. Luckily, he managed to only end his career, not his life. Online, he goes by the pseudonym "wolverine307" - or, Wolverine for the rest of this post. In the late 90s and early 2000s, he was an off and on OTR (Over The Road) truck driver. He drove thousands of miles transporting stuff from h
Oct 2, 2018·4 min read
In Retirement

If you don't think early retirement is possible, you may have a point

If you push through the vitriol inherent in some of the anti-early retirement propaganda that permeates mainstream media, you eventually make your way down to a few arguments against the concept of retiring early that do make sense. In this post, I'm going to take the top three most common legitimate arguments made against early retirees, such as myself , and try my very best not to be an asshole in my response. Think I can do it? Let's see.
Sep 14, 2018·8 min read
In Retirement

I don't believe in early retirement

I don't believe in early retirement because the term "early retirement" just doesn't tell the whole story. It never does.
Sep 13, 2018·5 min read
How to Think

The wisdom of financial independence without retiring early

Truthfully, it is only natural to link financial independence and early retirement together. In fact, the term "FIRE" means precisely that, Financially Independent Retire Early. I talk a lot about these two issues as if they were linked at the hip, but this article is going to be different. Much different.
Apr 6, 2018·6 min read
In Retirement

8 not-so-extreme and non-ridiculous principles of early retirement

What if I told you that the principles of early retirement aren't all that "extreme"? If your goal is to retire early, you've probably already discovered this remarkable truth. 
Apr 4, 2018·9 min read
Guest Posts

Counterpoint: Information technology jobs can be fulfilling

Last week, I read Steve's post “Why are careers in information technology unfulfilling ?” as I too have spent my entire working career in this field. Fact is, I’m still there. I understand the viewpoint presented, yet I also felt there is - or could be, a different perspective. Rather than dumping this entire post into a comment, we decided a separate guest post was better. Let’s jump in. The three main arguments in the
Feb 28, 2018·5 min read