Morning Meeting

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 their social incompetence, and having struggled controlling my own emotions under stress. But what does…

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Progress chart

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 that I will attain them! after all! Spend next to nothing outside of food &…

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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 income tax and associated FICA (social security and medicare) tax. Moreover, for many Americans the…

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Winter landscape

Monthly Update

Last month has been a whirlwind of activity for me – spending 8-10 hour days at work, then another three or four after work on the bathroom.  Just finished grouting the shower tile and will post pictures afterwards. I’m really looking forward to a week from now when all of this activity is done and I can focus on my…

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House Framing

Bathroom Remodeling – Framing and Electrical

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been working on remodeling my bathroom downstairs to increase the rent of my mother in law suit. Alas, like all good projects we hit a snag! First, we lost the battle with the city inspector and had to call the plumber back in to replace the coupling in the floor. Then we invited my Dad…

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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 classic. I’m talking about a job. I’ve been driven to write this due to my…

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Debt Freedom

No More Harvard Debt and Extreme Debt Payoff Strategies

I just finished reading No More Harvard Debt and I’ll admit that it’s close to the perfect blog. Author Joe Mihalic writes with personality, gives extensive details of his finances, and keeps it short by ending the blog once its served its purpose. It’s even better watching his evolution from a free-spending, career-obsessed bro to a frugal, outsider reevaluating life…

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winter sun

Monthly Update

Another month, another monthly update!  I’ve cashed in some assets for the new bathroom remodel, with my bonds totaling to $2,000 and my work stock options for another $4,000.  I then dropped around $5,850 dollars so far on the work ($3,300 for plumber, $1000 for shower walls, $1000 for shower glass, $150 for shower pan, $250 for concrete and jack…

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The Thinker by Rodin

Stock Trading Basics – Mental Management

Here is a question for you: if you think with your mind, how can you control it? It’s kind of like grabbing a ruler to measure a board of wood and the ruler grabs you back.  And how can you measure the wood when the ruler that is grabbing you back is also sawing away at the end of the…

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