The nice people at Millennial Money Guide recently approached me about contributing an article to their site. It was great timing on their part because I had just been helping a friend, who is in his late twenties, with his resume and we had been talking about how to increase his marketability. The article that I submitted is about the best career advice I was given in my late twenties when I decided to make a career change. This simple advice changed the trajectory of our financial lives; and that is not an exaggeration.
Mrs. R and I have recently become big fans of financial independence and early retirement blogs and podcasts. We’ve been so busy living our frugal lives that we didn’t notice there are a bunch of people online talking about how they are doing the same. We were also unaware that the way we have chosen to live our lives had been given the cool sounding acronym F.I.R.E. Some of our friends occasionally comment about us being good with money or call us frugal, but we don’t have in-depth conversations like the ones we see and hear on-line. Maybe we’ve misread our friends and they were trying to open up a conversation about money, but overall it has been our experience that most people where we live aren’t comfortable talking about personal finances. Also, as I’ve stated before we are pretty guarded about letting people know the full extent of our financial affairs. So retiring early definitely is outside the norm for our local peer group, but not retiring early also feels outside the norm for our online peer group. Which has recently led me to ask myself, “why am I still working as someone else’s employee?”.Continue reading “Why I Am Not Retiring Early”