My Own Why of FI: Gym Epiphany

Wish I were as buff as this guy now! (Image used under license from Freestock.com)

I went to the gym recently, the first time in roughly 12 months. I had taken a break from my expensive, high end gym in New York City in order to reduce a high recurring expense. But then I cancelled it because my job at that time had become really stressful, and I didn’t have time for consistent gym work out sessions. Big mistake.

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What Are You Willing to Suffer For? A Response to Mark Manson

I recently came across an article written by author Mark Manson, who wrote The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a counterintuitive primer on how to deal with life’s problems.

I liked it, despite the profanity in the title. I thought his writing was refreshingly honest. And his traveling lifestyle was something I could easily identify with.

There were many elements of Greek Stoicism – written for the Millennial generation.
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Book Review: My Lessons From The Book Disrupted by Dan Lyons


Let’s face it. Ageism against older workers has always existed, but it has never become more obvious than now. Especially with the breath taking pace of technological change.

Once you hit 40, job prospects start to diminish. Employers begin to question your ability to learn and adapt. And at age 50, your prospects drop off a cliff. Exceptions are if you’re pursuing the “greeter at Walmart” minimum wage jobs. Or if you’re sufficiently well connected to be a professional board member. Otherwise, it seems there is nothing in-between.

But what happens when a baby boomer does not go quietly into the night and instead struggles to reinvent himself? Continue reading “Book Review: My Lessons From The Book Disrupted by Dan Lyons”

My Termination 2 Month Anniversary – The 80/20 Principle for My Schedule

Feeling like I’m still on the clock…

It’s now been 2 months since my termination from my company. I was actually not sure what to expect once the frenzied paperwork subsided. (Please see my post on my 1 Month Anniversary which was a roller coaster of emotions.)

I even took a pleasant vacation with my wife, which was fun and a lot of work planning and organizing. But since my 1 month anniversary, I’ve been settling in and thinking of the future. Continue reading “My Termination 2 Month Anniversary – The 80/20 Principle for My Schedule”

The Early Days: Stepping onto the Hamster Wheel

From my earliest memories growing up, I followed the rules. I checked off all the boxes.

And I was miserable.  Little did I realize it, but I had unwittingly followed society’s guidelines that led me to stepping onto the hamster wheel of constant consumption.

Check out this amazing YouTube movie by Steve Cutts which exemplifies the rat race. Yes, I know, I’m mixing metaphors but it’s a really good 5 minute movie!

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Clever and Lazy is the Sweetspot for… Financial Independence Retire Early?

The Person Who is Clever and Lazy Qualifies for the Highest Leadership Posts

– General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord, 4th Chief of the German Army Command, Weimar Republic

General von Hammerstein-Equord, 1929. Courtesy Wikipedia.org.

I came across the above quote a few years ago during my path to financial independence.

I thought it was extremely obnoxious, overly simplistic, and yet disturbingly true.

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My Termination 1 Month Anniversary – The Emotional Roller Coaster

Excited! Inching up!

I’m definitely not the most self-aware person. I’m just not in touch with my feelings – something which my wife tells me often. So I’m starting a series to reflect on what I’m going through post-termination.

As I look back on my first month post termination, I recognize that there is a distinct roller coaster of emotion.
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My Unconscious Pursuit of FIRE: To Be Unemployment-Proof, Part 2

Shanghai, baby, SHANGHAI! (If you ever watched the movie Swingers)

The second watershed moment that led me to want to be unemployment-proof was the U.S. immigration process for my wife, whom I met in China.

If I thought my career being in jeopardy because of my employment was stressful, imagine how I felt when I discovered my relationship with my wife might be in jeopardy!
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My Unconscious Pursuit of FIRE: To Be Unemployment-Proof, Part 1

I wanted all the protection I could get!

Getting back to my story, I must admit that I actually didn’t know about FIRE as a movement until recently. Yet it turns out I had been unconsciously pursuing it for a decade.

And initially I didn’t pursue it out of the dream of living a more fulfilling life. It was fear and anxiety that drove me.

I wanted to become unemployment-proof.

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