How to Hack Your Brain for FIRE
“How do you stick with it?” Whenever I tell friends and family about our children’s novel, the non-profit app, or the blog, one of the questions we get asked the most is how the heck do we stick with these projects? Generally, they have no problem starting projects, but finishing them is the hard part. One friend wanted to lose 30 pounds and joined an expensive gym. Another wanted to start his own online business. A third wanted to publish a novel, like us. The first friend quit after just 2 months. Apparently, lifting weights and running on a treadmill […]
Let’s Go Exploring! The Terrifying Truth About Mexico City
“Why would you go to Mexico City? It’s so scary and dangerous!” We heard these words from friends and family every time we mentioned “Mexico City”. Which is strange because when it comes to homicide rates, Mexico city doesn’t even make it to the top 50—unlike St.Louis, Detroit, and Chicago. And yet, they never bat an eye whenever we mention going to any of those cities. But facts and statistics didn’t matter. Going to Mexico was bad enough, but Mexico City? You might as well just save the Cartel the trouble of kidnapping you and just kill yourself right […]
Investment Workshop 36: Obamacare Repeal 3
Hello again and welcome back to the Millennial Revolution Investment Workshop! New readers, please click here to start from the beginning. In what appears to be a never-ending cycle, the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare continues to careen from news story to news story. If you were to try to keep up in the day-to-day negotiations, back-room dealings and press briefings, you’d probably go nuts. Fortunately, you don’t have to since I did it, and JOKES ON THEM, I’m already nuts so no (further) damage done. Why Is This So Important? To recap, if you’re reading from Canada, […]
Spend Less. Be Happy.
Last week, I wrote about a simple rule that helps people get control of their budgets back. Rent More. Own Less. Now as with every rule, it’s not a universal blanket that applies to everyone. Rent doesn’t ALWAYS beat owning. But owning big, expensive shit exposes you to the unexpected costs like maintenance, insurance, repairs, etc. associated with owning that big, expensive shit. And depending on who you are, there are always ways of mitigating those unexpected costs. If you’re Mr. Money Mustache, for example, and can fix a broken window or a burst pipe on your own, or you’re […]
Reader Case: Can I Afford my Big Goals with a Small Income?
One of the things I love about reader cases is finding badass people. Those brave, gritty badasses who refuse to let their circumstances define them and find a way out without whining or wallowing. Yes, empathy is important and yes I agree, sometimes we do need our feelings acknowledged. But really at the end of the day, after you’re done feeling shitty and crying, you still have to pick yourself up and DO something about it. Wallowing accomplishes nothing. And that’s why I love this reader case (note: email has been edited for brevity): “Hi there, I know y’all are […]