The Market Owes You Nothing

Invest for long enough in the stock market and you’re destined to exclaim: “I didn’t expect that!” (Or, something to that effect: “I can’t believe it!”, “Wow!”, “Holy s**t!”) Probably many times. You could be a longtime investor who was unphased by every bubble, bust and crash of the past 60 years. You can beContinue reading “The Market Owes You Nothing”

Financial Writing with Empathy

If you want your writing to be more engaging, answer one question: Who am I writing for? Berkshire Hathaway has legions of devoted shareholders, some of whom are quite famous — LeBron James, George Lucas and Bill Gates, among them. But when writing the annual shareholder letter, chairman and CEO Warren Buffett has only twoContinue reading “Financial Writing with Empathy”

How to Live Like You’re Already Retired

The late poet Mary Oliver never worked an interesting job in her life, just as she wanted it. Her fear was that it would take away valuable time and energy from her true passion — writing poetry. As she explained in an interview: I was very careful never to take an interesting job. I tookContinue reading “How to Live Like You’re Already Retired”

7 Habits of Successful Financial Writers That Will Improve Your Writing

A bottle of whisky within arm’s reach may make you a great writer. It is not what made Jack London a great writer. London had a reputation for drinking heavily, as did many famous writers. But what allowed him to write classic books such as The Call of the Wild and White Fang was notContinue reading “7 Habits of Successful Financial Writers That Will Improve Your Writing”

Journaling for Financial Independence

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK The Financial Independence Retire Early movement may not be for everyone. But if there’s one thing it can teach all of us, it’s the art of journaling. Many FIRE bloggers write from a personal space,Continue reading “Journaling for Financial Independence”

Are We Suffering from TMS (Too Much Storytelling)?

This is the part where I’m supposed to regale you with an enlightening, insightful or thought-provoking tale about an ancient Stoic philosopher, or some little known World War II general, or an apocryphal business anecdote featuring Steve Jobs, or my own personal reflection of what I learned running my first marathon. In other words, thisContinue reading “Are We Suffering from TMS (Too Much Storytelling)?”

Writing Costs What It Costs

The fashion of creativity is sentimentally visualized as berets and professorial attire against the backdrop of a bar. For those creating, it is every earned bit of hard hats and stained overalls and calloused hands carrying the fragments of ideas. Writing is an act of endurance. No wonder why so many people quit — orContinue reading “Writing Costs What It Costs”

Financial Writing Rules: What Not to Do

Writing for the most part is a liberating exercise (editing is a whole different animal). Lessons come from making mistakes rather than obeying any set of rules. You learn rules to know when or when not to break them. But here are some financial writing blunders that I see often and suggest avoiding: 1. OverwritingContinue reading “Financial Writing Rules: What Not to Do”

Is a Writing Course Worth Your Time and Money?

No. There is a price of admission to writing, but it is never tendered to anyone other than yourself. He didn’t like the thought of them knowing he’d been scared. Didn’t like the thought of them knowing what a fool he’d been. Oh, to hell with that! Tell everyone! He’d done it! He’d been drivenContinue reading “Is a Writing Course Worth Your Time and Money?”