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Weekly articles about how to live a secure, fulfilling retirement.

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...

Memento Mori

Memento Mori.  In English it means: “Remember that you will die.” This has been a tough couple of weeks for me.  My mom died very unexpectedly after a brief illness.  On January 29th, I met her for dinner to celebrate her 67th birthday.  We had a wonderful time.  On...

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...

Travel Roulette

For a while I’ve wanted to show up at the airport with no plans, no luggage and no ticket and ask the agent to book me a flight somewhere.  I think it would be a fun experiment.  Travel roulette.  So a few days ago, I sent this text to four of my friends: To my...

Every book I’ve read for the last 5 years

Happy New Year!  December is crazy busy in my line of work so I didn’t have much time to write, but the calendar has flipped, I’ve come up for air and I’m excited about 2018. In past years I’ve written about my annual review process and how I set goals.  You can read...

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...

If something happens to you

Note: For help accomplishing the things discussed in this article, you might be interested in my book and organization kit If Something Happens to Me. It’s been a rough couple of months in the U.S.  Devastating hurricanes.  Wildfires.  Nuclear tensions with North...

You don’t find yourself. You create yourself.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”  - George Bernard Shaw. When I was in college a friend of mine dropped out and said, “I’m going to move to Colorado for a year and try to find myself.”  This totally made sense at the time.  None...

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