Clean Sweep Friday @ MegaCorp

Today is “Clean Up” Day at MegaCorp.  It’s the annual office tradition when once a year the strange bedfellows of MegaCorp Facilities & Legal team up to get everyone to throw out old files.  Legal loves this day because they are always worried that in some deep file cabinet there is an old memo that…

The Foolish Route To Millionaire Status

I heard some interesting factoids about America’s millionaires recently on the Zig Ziglar Podcast.  This isn’t a podcast that I had listened to before (or are necessarily recommending), but I enjoyed the insight into where America’s millionaires come from and thought it might be instructional to many people who are thinking about financial independence. First, the…

FIRE Milestones – Picking Your Early Retirement Date

Setting long term goals is one thing, but following through with them is another.  When you first start thinking about playing with FIRE – being Financially Independent & Retired Early – the key question is are you tracking to a nest egg number, or a specific date? Like many people, I always figured we would…

Blue Days @ MegaCorp / Financial Independence

Yesterday my MegaCorp employer announced weak sales, record profits, and 1,500 job cuts. The rumors started about a week ago and proved true the old adage that 99% of organizational rumors are true. While no plans have been announced for how they are going to go about the layoffs, a couple things are understood:

The Three Stonecutters

One of the executives at the MegaCorp where I first started my career once shared a story called “The Three Stonecutters”.  It’s a vision & leadership parable, that I still remember 20+ years later.    

Daily Routine versus Daydreaming

I’m definitely going to need a bit of routine in early retirement. I’ve always been too much of a born daydreamer to allow myself to live life completely unstructured.  I worry I will absentmindedly dawdle my time away if I don’t create create some regular plans.   Like Joe Walsh sang, “People say I’m lazy, but…