Buy Your Freedom First

How would your life change if you woke up tomorrow and were financially independent? It’s the lottery question all over again. Would you do anything differently? What changes would you make in your life? Stop working? Work more? Fish at the beach all day? Coach your kids’ soccer team? Bike across the country? Write a book? Build a house? Travel to Europe without any cares? What would you do?

Most readers will look at their own list and say.. If only. If only I had more time. If only I had less stress. If only I had more shiny things in my driveway. If only I was out of debt. If only I had a better boss. If only.MH900390686

Prioritizing financial independence doesn’t mean you stop your entire life and quit all your goals. Becoming financially independent actually allows you to pursue your dreams even faster! It’s a matter of deciding that freedom is more important than all the other junk that gets in its way. Continue reading Buy Your Freedom First

The Joy Of Working For Someone Else

I’ve read a lot about lifestyle design, following your dreams and becoming financially independent. To be honest, I really enjoy all of those topics and most of the authors that write in the field. The irony is that the end goal of almost every guru out there ends with quitting your day job and starting your own business or stopping life to pursue your passion. Everyone seems to get really excited when you talk about the mythical working for yourself. Does anyone actually talk about the enjoyment of working for someone else? For many, working for yourself may be great- and someday that may be me. But, for right now, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy life and celebrate the joy of working for someone else.Two businessmen jumping and celebrating on the beach

I’m an entrepreneur. I like starting things. I gain joy from fixing other people’s broken things and I am an extroverted instigator of multiple projects. Every time I take a personality test it puts me in the extreme category of someone who will be self-employed. And for many years that was my internal expected goal. But what I’ve come to realize is that a good employer can be equally as rewarding as doing everything on your own. After thinking it through, I realized there are tons of things I can appreciate about my current employment situation. Continue reading The Joy Of Working For Someone Else

Getting Rid of Justin Case

I’ve had many long, hard fights with my dear friend Justin. In fact, he is always coming over and filling my house with things I don’t need. It took many years but I’ve finally kicked Mr. Case out of my life. At least mostly. He still tends to to come visit occasionally and enjoys spending time with house tools and infants. But I’m making progress. He also makes me worry. He has the strange ability to keep me uncomfortable even in the most comfortable of situations. He brings with him a long list of potential hazards that dot my future path. Most of the time, he is not needed. He just gets in the way. I think it’s time we all take a collective breath and kick Just-In-Case out of our life.

winter2012-DontLeaveHomeFor many of us, we surround ourselves with stuff and the anxiety about all the potential what-ifs. We tend to keep things around that no longer have current use. We tend to worry about minutia even if the probability of problems and issues is tiny. In fact, many people proudly boast about the little details they worry about and the lack of sleep it causes them. But not me. I’m flexing my stress free muscle and cleaning out the crap I don’t need in my head and my closet.

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Tim Ferriss and Parkinson’s Law

Sumo wrestling and tango dancing? Red wine and learning Japanese? How about working less and getting more done? I’ll introduce you to an interesting set of characters that helped introduce one of my favorite productivity tips of all time. Without further adieu, let me introduce you to Tim Ferriss and Cyril Parkinson.

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I’ve had it happen. I’ve had a small project that could be done in just a few hours but wasn’t due for months. I should have just done it. But instead, it went on the to-do list and stayed there for weeks. Finally, after several bouts with mental procrastination, I started to work. Instead of just cranking out the project, I slowly and distractedly meandered my way though revisions. Spent days instead of hours and finally finished with a result that may have been marginally better than something I could have done with a few hours of intense concentration. Have you ever had a seemingly small project that had a really long time frame to do it? Did the project or task grow in relation to the time you had to do it? Do tasks really swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for their completion? Welcome to the entertaining thoughts that make up Parkinson’s Law. Continue reading Tim Ferriss and Parkinson’s Law