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pain + reflection = progress

Pain + Reflection = Progress

Retirement often involves making important decisions with incomplete information when the stakes are high.  You won’t have everything figured out on Day 1.  More likely, you’ll arrive at your ideal retirement through a process of trial and error.  You’ll make mistakes.  That’s unavoidable.  The important thing is that you learn from them.  How best to […]

travel roulette

My number one takeaway from travel roulette

I recently played a game of travel roulette with my friends.  We showed up at the airport at 5 am with no tickets and no plans and told the ticket agent we’d go anywhere warm.  The only conditions were that the flight had to leave that morning and cost less than $500.  After running through […]

metrics that matter

Metrics that matter

I just finished watching the new Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam.  During the war, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara had commanders and soldiers in the field collecting vast amounts of data each day that was then put onto punch cards and fed into a mainframe computer for analysis.  The hope was that by measuring hundreds […]

bezos

Retirement lessons from the world’s richest person

Jeff Bezos became the richest person in the world last week.  In a little over 20 years, the founder of Amazon.com went from no money (or very little) to more money than anyone.  Warren Buffett once called him “the most remarkable business person of our age.”  That’s like Michael Jordan calling you the best basketball […]

surprises in retirement

4 Unexpected emotions in retirement

I’ve helped many people transition into retirement over the years and when I ask a new retiree how things are going, the response is generally positive.  That said, retirement is a huge transition and there are always unexpected feelings or emotions that crop up.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with your retirement.  […]