The Cost of Friendship

An oak tree can grow to 100 feet tall and live for more than 100 years. In a mast year, an oak tree can shed as many as 10,000 acorns, hard little squirrel delicacies raining down dozens of feet on your lawn (or head) like tiny missiles. These are things I learned only after shippingContinue reading “The Cost of Friendship”

“Follow Your Passion” Is Good Financial Advice

Here’s an interesting financial paradox: the less you obsess over wealth, the wealthier you will likely become. For example, Michael Batnick, Director of Research at Ritholtz Wealth Management, notes this wild investment fact: “Since 1916, the Dow has made new all-time highs less than 5% of all days, but it’s up 25,568% over that time.Continue reading ““Follow Your Passion” Is Good Financial Advice”

5 Real Reasons You Won’t Reach Financial Independence

We are not perfect, and those imperfections often manifest themselves in our finances. But never fall for the illusion that wealth is wholly dependent on your character and behavior. To explain what I mean, let me ask: Have you met the Welfare Queen? She is irresponsible and shameless, engaging in behavior counter-productive to financial self-reliance.Continue reading “5 Real Reasons You Won’t Reach Financial Independence”

3 Retirement Myths of the Social Media Era

Social media has altered our perceptions of success, relationships, politics, culture and even retirement. But know this: no matter what type of designer retirement you think you have put together for yourself, bereavement, illness, ennui and financial challenges happen to everyone. No amount of wealth, success, power or planning can make you impervious to them.Continue reading “3 Retirement Myths of the Social Media Era”

Four Things That Make Money Meaningful

Behind the long braids of barbed wire and tall machine-gun towers of Dachau came the unmistakable sound of laughter. A transport of prisoners from Auschwitz had just arrived, and they were joyful.  To me, this was the most affecting scene in Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, about his physical and spiritual survival inContinue reading “Four Things That Make Money Meaningful”

The Super Rad True History of Money

Actually, I don’t know the history of money. Sorry. It probably involves the Romans somehow. What I do know is that we all have our own personal history of money. A history of money that touches every aspect of our lives. It shapes our work, our lifestyles, our relationships and our futures. Here is yours.Continue reading “The Super Rad True History of Money”

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”