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Why are careers in information technology unfulfilling?

In the personal finance community, we get to read a lot of people's stories about why they chose a path to early retirement (or at least financial independence)...
Feb 21, 2018·8 min read
In Retirement

The thing that surprised me the most about early retirement

I've had an early retirement surprise or two. The only real regret I have after retiring early is that I didn't do it sooner. This freedom is amazing. But, I would be lying if I said that everything's working out exactly as I had anticipated. It is not. In fact, I've learned quite a bit about myself since calling it quits. For example, I am not nearly as tired throughout the day as I used to be. Truthfully, I'm more frightened by this realiza
Feb 16, 2018·5 min read
In Retirement

If showing up is half the battle, what's the other half?

In one of my previous articles about the things I learned in corporate America , my #1 point was about how easy it is to look good in today's business environment. All you gotta do is show the hell up. First, how dreadfully sad is that by the way? Just showing your pretty face in the office is enough in many cases to keep your name off the chopping block. The mere presence of your ass in that seat means you're already ahead
Jan 8, 2018·5 min read
In Retirement

This extreme cyclist retired early before it was a thing

In 2002, Al Brody retired early at the age of 43. Before personal finance made its way into the blogosphere, without finance-related apps that so many of us use today to help us save, this Air Force Lieutenant Colonel called it quits to pursue a life of freedom and happiness. And a ton of cycling. This article contains a couple affiliate links. Using those links throws a few quarters in my pocket at no additional cost to you. Here's my disclosure . I met
Dec 21, 2017·4 min read
In Retirement

That time I almost bought Rockstar Finance

By now, most of the industrialized world (okay, at least the personal finance community) knows that J. Money sold Rockstar Finance to John from ESI Money . But, a lot of you may not know that I had put in an offer to buy the site as well. First, let me plainly state that I believe Jay made the right decision. John's an incredibly successful business guy who knows the personal finance community extremely well. There are no better hands to take over Rockstar Finance than Jo
Dec 20, 2017·4 min read
In Retirement

Performance review: One year anniversary of early retirement

In December of 2016, I officially called it quits from full-time work . Hopefully, forever. I remember my last day vividly - I did virtually nothing that was work-related. My manager allowed me to ride out the last day on the company's overhead budget to free up some project money, and away I went. I took a few moments to reflect on what was happening. I had done it. Finally. After all those months of saving and investing, through all those time
Dec 13, 2017·6 min read
In Retirement

My wife is going back to work!

Okay, I have a confession to make. My wife didn't "retire" back in April before we left Tucson in pursuit of full-time travel. She took a sabbatical instead...nice person that she is. But, that's not the whole story either. First, I did retire. I am 100% out of the workforce. I was offered a sabbatical before I left and I flatly refused. I am definitely out, and out for good. My wife was going to be out for good as well, but her boss practically begged her to take a sabbatical and come back to
Oct 4, 2017·3 min read
In Retirement

How early retirement turns into an emotional roller coaster

With early retirement, the emotional side leading up to it was strange. The closer you get, the more anxious you become. Nervous. Fearful. Why?
Oct 2, 2017·5 min read
In Retirement

What's your money's purpose? No one ever got rich by saving money

It's got to ruffle your feathers, doesn't it? Those people who say that saving money isn't how you get rich; how to retire early. "No one ever got rich by saving money", they say. How dare they. After all, saving money is what we personal finance and early retirement bloggers write so much about. We fill the digital airwaves with wickedly creative "hacks" to save a buck or two with virtually everything we do. Like going out to eat. Or shopping in bulk. Or refusing warranties [https://thinksaver
Sep 25, 2017·6 min read
In Retirement

You know you're ready to retire early if...

It has been nine months since I called it quits from work. A full-term pregnancy. It's been a wild ride, and I've learned quite a bit about what it takes to actually turn early retirement into a reality. You gotta be a special kind of person. Throughout these pages, I try to make one thing very clear: Early retirement is not for everyone. My goal with this blog isn't to convince anyone that early retirement is "the way to go". It won't be for all people. And, that's okay. The fact is most people
Sep 18, 2017·6 min read
In Retirement

Would you work 60+ hour weeks for two years if it meant immediate retire?

Last weekend in Idaho, I got curious about how bad folks want early retirement. Would you sacrifice your lifestyle (and possibly your health) for a period of time to guarantee early retirement? The question, which I asked on Twitter , was simple: Would you work 60+ hour weeks for two yea
Aug 9, 2017·3 min read
Lifestyles

I lost my six-figure income and I’m much happier

Trust me when I tell you that six-figure jobs aren't always what they are cracked up to be. I had one and quickly demoted myself. So did the blogger that I'm about to feature in today's post - only, this blogger wishes to remain anonymous. So, no links back to their blog. And without further ado - tell us about your story of a successful demotion! I sat in my one-on-one meeting with my boss Megan*, internally telling myself, "Don't cry! Don't cry!" I pictured Tom Hanks from, "A League of Their
Aug 2, 2017·6 min read