Don’t depend on your current job

The main argument used against pursuing financial independence (i.e. saving a lot of your income) is because someone likes their job.  After all, if you like your job then you’re not trying to get out of it quickly and retire.  And since you’re not trying to retire, you don’t need to save much and you can spend more money.  A win-win!  Sounds great right? Continue reading “Don’t depend on your current job”

I’m Retiring Today!

I’ve finally made the decision.  I’m retiring!  Time is precious.  It’s a scarce resource we can never get more of.  Many people (and it’s hard to argue) consider time to be the currency of true wealth, and the ability to spend it how we want as the ultimate luxury.  There are so many important things I want to spend time on that I have to be ruthless in how I allocate my time “spending”. So I’ve decided to stop working Continue reading “I’m Retiring Today!”

Inspiration for This Blog

Why does someone start blogging about financial independence?  Most people seem to start blogging because they become so immersed in their goal of financial independence that it becomes a big focus of their lives.  They constantly think about it and naturally gravitate to writing in the FIRE (financial independence, retire early) community.  In some cases, this evolves into a side business based on this passion.  In my case, it was a bit different.  I didn’t start blogging until my wife and I had already reached FI (financial independence).  So why did I decide to start a blog? Continue reading “Inspiration for This Blog”

One of the best reasons to pursue early financial independence

There are many benefits to becoming financially independent (FI).

Duh, you say?

Well, yes, it’s pretty obvious that the freedom of not being dependent on a job to pay for your lifestyle is pretty great for a lot of reasons.  You can find top 10 and other such lists of these reasons on the internet with a quick search.

But these lists tend to be matter-of-fact and obvious.

If you’re FI, you can quit your job if you don’t like it!  Really?  Maybe I have higher standards for my readers but I’m guessing 100% of you have figured that one out already!

Continue reading “One of the best reasons to pursue early financial independence”

Stress and the Role of Money

The American Psychological Association has ranked money as the top stressor for Americans every year since they started their survey in 2007.  64% rated money as a somewhat to significant stressor in their lives.  Studies on relationships also rank money as a top reason for stress in relationships and a leading cause for divorce. Continue reading “Stress and the Role of Money”

Would you be happier if you were more important in your job?

I just completed a nearly three-week global round-the-world trip for work, covering 4 different locations across Asia and Europe. I was able to fly business class from the US to Asia and stay in 5 star hotels.  I had local hosts that arranged transportation and very nice dinners.  It was a true VIP treatment.  Glamorous right?  Are you jealous?

But you know what, I would have been happier not going. Continue reading “Would you be happier if you were more important in your job?”