I'm more successful then Jeff Bezos. He's the richest man in the world. I have enough to keep my family fed. He wins? No. His marriage is a failure. My marriage is awesome and my kids are happy. I win! I wouldn't trade my life for his. My life is more successful then the life … Continue reading Jeff Bezos v. me
Dave Ramsey. Financial guru of sorts. Christian. Strong personality. Famous. He's helped many people get their financial lives on a better track. Some of my friends have benefited from his advice. From what I understand his philosophy is pay off your debts as quickly as possible and stay out of debt. Nothing wrong with that. … Continue reading Dave Ramsey?
On July 4, 1776 we signed the Declaration of Independence and were free from the hateful British at last! Now every 4th of July we celebrate our freedom on the anniversary of the greatest day in our history. I'd like to take a little look at this event and the results and try to give … Continue reading Independence Day
I never finished high school. I quit my formal education after 8th grade. Bang. Just like that. "Welcome to the school of life" they said. Most Amish and many conservative mennonites stop with school after 8th grade. The kids start helping with whatever work their parents have for them. I starting working in my family's … Continue reading How much education do you need to succeed?
In the last year or so I've become aware of a segment of society that manages their money in such a way that they are often able to retire in their 30's and 40's. They call themselves the FIRE community. FIRE stands for financially independent retire early. I have a lot of respect for many … Continue reading Conservative mennonites (and FIRE?)
I love the people in the FIRE community. They are awesome! I like the way they save and invest their money. I like that they don't go for the average mindless consumerism. They also do some things that annoy me to no end. Gasp! What ? How do you dare? Don't touch the sacred cow. … Continue reading Loving Criticisms of FIRE
How much would you pay if you could pay to instantly be fluent in a new language? I would be happy to pay $50,000 I think, maybe more. My first language as a small Amish toddler was Pennsylvania Dutch. This language has very little or nothing to do with Dutch, but is more like a … Continue reading Learning a new language for early retirement.