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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 - 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! Jobs are fragile things. They come and go. Sometimes they are the best things ever, and other times they suck so hard it's tough to get out of bed in the morning. It's all you can do to drag your ass out of your warm and comfy house and plop down in the seat of your car and make the drive, yet again, into the
Nov 30, 2018·4 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
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
Careers

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). Commonly, the impetus stems from working unfulfilling jobs, and many times, those jobs just so happen to be in IT. I'm a primary example. I worked in information technology my entire professional life. From the moment I graduated college, my life revolved around the computer, as if the computer had this invisible gravitational pull tha
Feb 21, 2018·5 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

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
How to Think

The work experience: Moving on to sales and beyond

In part one of the Work Experience, I talked about my first job. I was 15 and wanted extra cash, and I was willing to do just about anything. And honestly, I HAD to do just about anything; 15 year olds don't have marketable skills. At least I didn't. I spent the majority of my time in pick-up basketball games in the neighborhood. The rest of the time I was inside watching movies or Saved By The Bell with the aforementioned cheese balls. S
Nov 9, 2016·5 min read
work

The work experience: In the beginning

As we drove, I remember thinking about a void in my life. It was a powerful feeling, one that ultimately kick-started what I like to call my "work experience". Earning paychecks. I was 15 at the time, the age where kids were permitted to work in my state. The void I felt was real and it wasn't getting any better. It cycled every month, beginning anew. It got so bad, in fact, that by the end of the month, I would have nothing left. It was gone. There just wasn't enough. The void was money. I got
Nov 7, 2016·7 min read
Vacation

That generous vacation package might not be as nice as you thought

At my former company (before retirement ), employees could take as much vacation as they want. It's virtually limitless, within reason. Vacation time isn't "accrued". You take it when you need it, as much as you want. At first blush, this seems pretty damn sweet. As much vacation as you want? Score! Here is the rub: My company also tracked your utilization time, which is time spent directly in support of a billable contract to a client. The gr
Aug 8, 2016·4 min read