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A Minimalist Wardrobe for the Well-Dressed Man

January 5, 2015

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About two years ago, I embarked on a journey to improve how I dressed. Like it or not, how you dress plays an important part in how people perceive you and it’s fully within your control. My track record with dressing well was horrible to say the least. Throughout high school, I wore clothes so […]

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$500K net worth: How minimalism and investing helped me get there

November 11, 2014

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10 years after my savings journey began in 2004, I officially hit the halfway point of my $1 million net worth goal. Along the way, I’ve internalized two concepts that I believe were instrumental in helping me get to this point — minimalism and investing. Minimalism To me, minimalism is the philosophy of owning what […]

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Get more from your travels by DOING

September 5, 2011

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As my trip to Portugal comes to an end, I have had some revelations regarding how I have been traveling. I am disappointed to say that I have not been true to my nature and have resolved to make some changes in order to make my trips more fulfilling. 1. I don’t take any pleasure […]

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How I picture retirement

July 22, 2011

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In the book, The Art of Non-Conformity, Chris Guillebeau talks about writing out your idealized, perfect day and taking the steps necessary to achieve it. For me, the perfect day looks a little something like this: I wake up naturally in the morning without the aid of an alarm clock.  I prepare myself a cup […]

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Getting Married and Having Children Doesn’t Make You an Adult

February 21, 2011

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I recently read an article on WSJ.com entitled, “Where Have the Good Men Gone?” In it, the author laments the fact that today’s men seem to be stuck in an extended adolescence characterized by actors like Seth Rogen in “Knocked Up”. The men of today are less likely to achieve the milestones that characterize adulthood, […]

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How reading has changed my life

January 9, 2011

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About a year and a half ago, I canceled my cable subscription and gave my TV away.  I had decided that nothing that I was watching had really provided me with anything of substantial value in my life.  In fact, all those hours I had spent in front of it had only taken away time […]

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The importance of developing actual skills

January 2, 2011

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I am a big fan of the blogs Early Retirement Extreme as well as I Will Teach You to be Rich.  The former, written by Jacob Fisker, teaches you how to become financially independent within 5 years by saving 75% to 80% of your income, maximizing the use of your resources, and cutting expenses to […]

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Why your job will never make you happy

October 28, 2010

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There are two fundamental reasons why I believe your full-time job will never make you happy. 1) You are working for a paycheck that you need in order to live in today’s society. 2) You are working on projects and on a timeline (M-F, 9-5) that is important to someone else, not you. When you […]

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“You can afford to eat that” and other things I hate hearing

October 18, 2010

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Most of the time when someone offers me a doughnut or some other type of unhealthy junk food, I’ll politely decline.  It is at that point that they say something along the lines of, “Oh, you’re skinny.  You can afford to eat that.”  This brings to light some underlying, disturbing beliefs that we have as […]

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The Myth of Monogamy

August 26, 2010

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Is monogamy a human trait?  With the string of recent infidelities constantly bombarding us in the media in addition to the experiences in our personal lives, I believe this is a question worth asking.  While on a plane, I had the pleasure of reading a book called Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda […]

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