Making Better Tough Decisions

Making tough decisions is by definition — tough. One strategy that I’ve found to work for me is something I picked up from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. In it, Franklin writes about creating a standard “pros and cons” list. But Franklin takes it one step further by assigning values to his pros and cons. The values would represent their … Read More

3 Steps to Setting Better Goals

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,”  Alice in Wonderland Setting financial goals is important but people find it difficult. There’s a trade-off between … Read More

Reaching Financial Independence – Non-Financial Tips

Achieving financial independence can be defined as reaching a state of no longer needing to trade your time and energy for money to support your lifestyle. This requires a portfolio to support your ongoing expenses. A quick and easy rule of thumb is to take your annual expenses and multiply them by 25 (this is derived from the “4% rule”). … Read More

It’s Vacation Time! Why You Should be Planning Your Vacation Now.

Executive Summary: More vacations correlate with more raises and bonuses More vacations correlate with increased productivity More vacations correlate with better health outcomes Here I will lay out the argument that taking more vacations makes more sense from a personal finance and health perspective. Personal financial advice, unfortunately, tends to encourage self-denial and perpetually delayed gratification; this financial advice encourages … Read More

Practice Gratitude

Did you know you can practice invoking certain thoughts and feelings? It’s true, many times our thoughts and feelings, just like our actions are habitual; meaning we just do them on autopilot without thinking about them. By consciously bringing to mind certain thoughts and feelings around certain stimuli, we can set ourselves up for creating helpful cognitive habits. How can … Read More

Quit Creepin!

Have you ever wondered how people like Michael Jackson, Fifty Cent, and Burt Reynolds end up bankrupt? Here’s how: It’s called lifestyle creep. Lifestyle creep refers to our growing spending habits as we earn more money. As we earn fatter paychecks, we also start to buy nicer things, eat out at nicer places, drink fancier drinks, vacation in pricier resorts, … Read More