January 2, 2020

Roads To Happiness and Success (Life Outside The Maze) – It’s possible to be both successful and happy.

 

In Defense of Work That Doesn’t Scale (Jennifer Taylor Chan) – “As a romantic, I am deeply sympathetic to the idea that doing good work on a consistent basis will lead to a remarkable career. The byproduct of such efforts — including high profit — is but a mere bonus.”

 

In One Map: Where the U.S. Economy is Built (HowMuch) – A neat map that shows how much different areas of the U.S. contribute to the overall economy.  

January 1, 2020

5 Life Lessons from Our First Year of Early Retirement (Route to Retire) – Jim shares five lessons he has learned during his first year following early retirement.

 

History Of A Successful Side Hustle (Accidental FIRE) – Dave shares how he has successfully created a side hustle with graphic design over the past few years.

 

The Illusion of Productivity (Ness Labs) – “All these moments we spend on meaningless tasks to avoid being alone with ourselves can be used for thinking, meaningful work, or time spent with people that matter. It all adds up pretty quickly, and getting rid of the illusion of productivity is worth the initial discomfort of confronting our own thoughts.”

December 27, 2019

My Ten Year Early Retirement Anniversary: What’s Next? (Leisure Freak) – Tommy reflects on ten years of early retirement, including how he made it happen and what the future holds.

 

The Real Cost of Hustling (The Three Year Experiment) – Picking up side hustles and working more might help you earn more money, but there’s always a cost you must pay.

 

Will this $1,000 matter when I’m financially free? (Budgets Are Sexy) – “It’s never fun to lose $1k or any number of dollars for that matter, but when you think longer term and what life will look like in retirement, it’s not gonna make too much of a dent in it.”

December 26, 2019

Occupation Growth and Decline (Flowing Data) – A fascinating chart that shows how various occupations have grown or declined since 1970.

 

One More Year Syndrome (The Dragons on FIRE) – Dragon Guy reflects on whether or not he should have succumbed to “one more year” syndrome and stayed longer at his day job before retiring.

 

How to Reset Your Life (Becoming Minimalist) – If your life needs a reset, it is within your power to do so. But you must face some difficult questions about your spending habits, your work habits, and your relationships.

December 25, 2019

A Strange Divergence (VERDAD) – A fascinating analysis that looks at how small cap stocks performed relative to large cap stocks in 2019.

 

Emotional Alchemy (The Irrelevant Investor) – “Making people feel guilty about spending money does not motivate them to do the opposite.”

 

Should You Invest Internationally? (Humble Dollar) – International stocks have badly lagged U.S. stocks in recent history, but that doesn’t mean the trend will continue in the coming years.

December 24, 2019

Financial Independence Let Me Walk Away From Harassment at Work (Financial Mechanic) – The story of how financial independence gives you options and a position of power when it seems like everything is falling apart.

 

Welcome to freedom. Now what? (RadReads) Freedom does not guarantee a good life, but it could certainly be a pre-cursor to a good life.

 

Goalless 2020 (Fervent Finance) – “2020, for me, is going to be a goalless year. I want to do a better job of enjoying the here and now, without getting caught up in what I “should be” doing or striving for.”

December 23, 2019

Visualizing the 20 Best Performing Stocks of the Decade (Visual Capitalist) – A neat visual that shows the 20 best performing stocks of the past decade.

 

A Look Back at My First Year of FIRE (Minafi) – Adam reflects on his first year of early retirement.

 

The Conundrum of Cash (Casey Wolf) – “There is no one optimal portfolio. Each individual has different needs, biases, and concerns. At the end of the day, your portfolio should not be the reason you lie awake at night”

December 20, 2019

Is “Your Number” Stressing You Out? (Money Maven) – Having a retirement “number” can be helpful as a framework, but don’t let it cause you stress and aggravation.

 

The 4 Kinds of Side Businesses You Can Start (Justin Mares) – Justin shares the four basic types of side businesses you can start along with the pros and cons of each.

 

Work before passion (Seth Godin) – “Passion comes from feeling needed, from approaching mastery, from doing work that matters.”