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Be Wealthy with Others, or Poor on Your Own

It’s often said in the self-help literature and online articles that social/emotional intelligence is a key determinant of economic success, particularly in helping people up the career ladder. I can say that this is true from experience, having witnessed brilliant people get fired due to…

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2018 New Year’s Resolution Update

Today will be a short post. Its been a few months since I’ve last discussed my New Year’s Eve goals, but I feel that now is a good time to rehash it. The more I focus on them after all, the more likely it is…

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Contemplation by Thomas Couture, 1875

Is Early Retirement the Moral Thing to Do?

I was reading an article on The Green Swan recently, and blogger JW’s article Why The Government Doesn’t Want You To Retire Early which struck a chord with me. JW argues that of the US governments $6.5 trillion in revenue, 2/3rds of this comes from the…

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Work can be Hell

The Job Strikes Back

A dark shadow looms over the land. An oppressive power holds the people in chains. Lives are crushed at a whim and the power that symbolizes it hangs in the sky like an ever-present reminder of doom.  No, I’m not talking about a science fiction…

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Stock Trading Basics – The Mindset

Trading stocks is hard. You need to guess the right stock, the right price, and the right direction in order to make money. Options are even harder, because the contracts come with an expiration date before which your prediction must come true. That’s four obstacles…

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Bathroom Remodeling – Permits and Plumbing

It’s been a bit of work, but I’m making more progress on the bathroom remodel. After we hauled the concrete out of the basement I went over to city hall to pull a permit for installing the new plumbing and fixtures in the bathroom…and instead…

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Bathroom Remodeling – Demolition

Hi all, I haven’t written much lately because the long-discussed basement bathroom is finally underway.  I was waiting for ages to hear back from the plumber on his availability when suddenly he was free to do the work the very next weekend.  The starting price was…

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