The Future – Why Optimism is more Rational than Pessimism

I’m a recovering pessimist.  I used to joke that I am not a pessimist, I’m a realist.  And the only reason I sound negative is because so much in the world is negative.  There is some truth to this of course.  There are a lot of problems.  But there are also a lot of wonderful things in this world and those are the parts that I am recognizing and appreciating more and more as I get older (or maybe now that money isn’t a big stress?). Continue reading “The Future – Why Optimism is more Rational than Pessimism”

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?”

Negative Visualization – A Stoic Method of Gratitude

I found the particular method of negative visualization from Stoicism in A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy.  It’s a nice book that describes the key tenets of Stoicism well.  I found a lot of ancient wisdom here that is relevant today, much of which is being rediscovered in our current craze of happiness research.  I also think that much of Stoicism will resonate with the financial independence, retire early (FIRE) community so I recommend taking a look.

In this article I’ll delve into a specific aspect from Stoicism called negative visualization. Continue reading “Negative Visualization – A Stoic Method of Gratitude”

Golden Handcuffs and Early Retirement – The Mental Challenge of Choosing Freedom when Slavery is Lucrative

 

Many of us pursuing financial freedom early in life struggle with making the decision to stop our current jobs and make the huge transition into the unknown.  This is a big life decision and it understandably makes everyone nervous.  And a lot about the struggle is about the numbers. Continue reading “Golden Handcuffs and Early Retirement – The Mental Challenge of Choosing Freedom when Slavery is Lucrative”

Gamify Your Journey to Financial Independence

Financial independence, especially early in life, is a very ambitious goal. The most reliable way to achieve this goal is through saving a lot of your income and investing it well. But this is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s a reliable get-rich-slowly approach that takes many years of consistent savings. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t really enjoy running and I certainly don’t want to run a full marathon (i.e retire after 40 years of work). How can we turn our journey into a half-marathon instead? After all, doesn’t 20 years (or less!) working sound much better than 40?

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Mind vs Money – Anchoring

Anchoring is a psychological term used to describe the tendency we humans have to anchor our thoughts to a reference point, even though that reference point often doesn’t have any meaning and shouldn’t be used to guide decisions.  This is an important topic to understand in investing, particularly in volatile assets like stocks or real estate.  It’s another area where knowledge of how our mind works helps us fight our natural but irrational instincts.  It will help make you a better investor.

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