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    Wealth,  Work

    Darn my 401k!

    *Take an egg….they’re up for grabs! I’ve just had a recent revelation that is a little embarrassing to admit. As someone who prides oneself on mathematics, planning, and accuracy, I’ve found a large flaw in my early retirement plan. Let me share it with you, it’s called my 401k. I’m sure you’re surprised to hear this, especially since I give out advice on the topic of the 401k among other types retirement accounts. But as I learned recently, the 401k becomes quite a different beast when mixed with early retirement. You’re probably thinking: wait a minute. Why wouldn’t retirement and retirement savings account be synonymous? Well, for the traditional American retirement, they’re designed to be.…

  • Self,  Work

    Is Your Job A Status Symbol?

    Do you depend on your job to give you an appearance of importance when interacting with other people? Do you experience pressure from friends, relatives, asking what it is you do, and do you feel the need to give them a justifiable response? Do you fantasize about entrepreneurship, but worry it could go nowhere and lead to feelings of nothingness?  Do you sometimes even wish you could just do nothing, but worry about feelings of inadequacy? It’s frustrating when we begin to think that we’ve discovered what’s wrong with our life and what we need instead, only to be stopped by doubt.  What is more frustrating, is when this doubt is fueled…

  • For Better or for Work

    Today Was a Bad Day

    Today was a Bad day in the working world.  If you’ve been following my financial progress on this blog, you’ll know that I am currently at my third full-time job since 2014.  I have also only been working at company #3 for a short while. Being the planner and numbers-lover that I am, I have already set-out to be in my current position at this company for a while, and I’ve of course factored that into how much I expect to increase my net worth by over the next couple of years.  As someone looking at early retirement, there’s only a few working years left, and I don’t exactly fancy…

  • Wealth,  Work

    Early Retirement in Two Steps

    From my calculations, I should be able to retire somewhere between the ages of 29-31. I’ve thought about this a lot, and been questioned about it a lot. To “retire” that young doesn’t sound realistic to a lot of people. Even my friends who are knee-deep in student loans are incredulous at how this could be possible. In that sense, I do feel a little guilty, because I make what feels like a ton of money, especially for my age group. My friends who count themselves lucky are in the $50-60k group. Meanwhile I’m making almost triple that. I realize that this alone means that retirement is a lot closer for…