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Steve A

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Early Retirement
Financial independence, lifestyle, photography
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I went back through some older posts and stumbled upon my fictitious “I Quit” letter to my boss, written back when I worked a full-time job. It was a fun article to write. These letters get us thinking about why we’re looking to escape to happier pastures. What do we hate so much? I re-read it, trying to pick out areas where I may have over exaggerated my “I Quit”. You ...
Posted: Aug 23 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Today, I’m publishing a guest post from Robert Bockel, who is active on Twitter and believes that many of us are missing a critical component to financial independence and early retirement. We talk about the fun stuff…the cool stuff. Offense. But, that’s only one side of the coin. Robert, take it away! The offense vs defense conversation I believe is an important one. Offense is more fun to talk about and generally ...
Posted: Aug 21 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Let’s face it: A recession is coming. But then again, a recession is always coming – just like an economic boom – because the market naturally ebbs and flows. Even so, most of us understand that we’re probably rounding third in our current boom. Many of us who love the thought of buying stocks at cheaper prices welcome a recession. Some might even look forward to it. I, however, am not ...
Posted: Aug 16 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Last week, I published a post asking for questions about, well, anything. The deal was simple: The floor is open to any appropriate question, and I’ll answer as honestly as I can. Today, I answer them. Ready? Here we go. All questions will be italicized. My answers are provided below each question. Slow Dad asked: Is that YouTube video really you? The one with the wet suit, the gallon of baby oil, and the teaspoon ...
Posted: Aug 15 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Want to get rich, quick? Say, in like a week? Believe it or not, I have the solution! I found it. After years of near expert-level badassery, living my “zen” like a monk in Tibet and diving with the sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands, I’ve found the answer to riches. And gawd, it’s so simple. And because I’m such a nice guy, I’m going to give it all away right here ...
Posted: Aug 14 2017 @ 6:00 AM
The personal finance community is filled with so many talented writers and inspiring families in search of something better out of life than the traditional society-approved plan of buying lots of stuff and retiring in your 60s if you’re lucky. I am changing things up a bit! Most of you will probably notice that I haven’t been publishing many Friday Feasts as of late. That’s because curation takes a LOT of time. As a ...
Posted: Aug 11 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Let’s say you’re 40, wake up one more and suddenly realize that you’re practically broke. Hardly any savings. Your career seems never-ending. How can you turn things around and begin rapid wealth accumulation so you aren’t working until the day you die? Brian Loman is here to push you in the right direction. Brian, take it away! I think you’ll agree when I say that it’s VERY important to have enough money ...
Posted: Aug 10 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Last weekend in Idaho, I got curious about how bad folks want early retirement. Would you sacrifice your lifestyle (and possibly your health) for a period of time to guarantee early retirement? The question, which I asked on Twitter as well as the Rockstar Forums, was simple: Would you work 60+ hour weeks for two years if it meant immediate retirement? On Twitter, some folks basically (and literally) said hell yes. In the ...
Posted: Aug 09 2017 @ 5:15 PM
I am going to burn a post today with something a little different. Instead of giving you a bunch of words to read, I’m going to instead make you an offer: You know our story. You know our lifestyle. Tell me: What else do you want to know? That’s me holding a container of recently discarded pee As long as the question isn’t dreadfully inappropriate (wink), you’re free to ask me any ...
Posted: Aug 08 2017 @ 6:00 AM
I was 32, and in a single day, I got an opportunity to jump several layers of management – to go from a common staff member writing software to the Director of Information Technology. This was seriously humbling in an “I’m a badass” kind of way. Really wish I had the opportunity to work with this guy. He looks like a bad ass. That morning, I went to work as I always ...
Posted: Aug 07 2017 @ 6:00 AM


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