How Not To Lose Yourself in Retirement

“So, what do you do?” How many times have you been asked this question? If you live in North American, I’m willing to bet, a lot. Given that our society places so much emphasis on “live to work” instead of “work to live”, I’m not surprised we believe we are our jobs. So, what happens if we reach financial independence and quit said job? Who do we become? My answer to that question has changed from “software engineer” to “author”, but for the first few years in retirement, I had to no idea how to answer it. Not only that, […]

Are Most Degrees Useless?

Like most people, I thought most millionaires are CEOs or top corporate executives. Go big or go home, right? But then I read this article in the Wall Street Journal and found out I was wrong. Apparently, only a measly 6-7% of the world’s millionaires are CEOs or executives. Ok, I thought, so what degree is the most likely to get you into the millionaire club? Probably med school, right? Or maybe law? Or a business degree? Nope, nope, and Nope. Turns out, the most common degree amongst millionaires is… Engineering! Followed by…NO DEGREE AT ALL! *cue record scratch* Wait, […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Stockholm, Sweden: Dark, Twisted, and Beautiful

Note: this post was written before the pandemic. We’re still hunkered down in Canada, waiting for the borders to open so we can go back to our nomadic life. This post is written for everyone who, like us, can’t wait to explore the world again. I’ve wanted to visit Stockholm ever since I read Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” back in 2011. One of the main characters is Lisbeth Salander, a tattooed genius computer hacker who is my favourite anti-heroine of all time. And not just because she can throw Molotov cocktails and (spoiler alert!) sodomize rapists. […]

Reader Case: No Degree. No Problem.

Going through the reader cases in our inbox today, this one immediately caught my eye. Specifically, because of this sentence: “it may expand some reader’s horizons and remove the stigma towards tradespeople”. As someone who grew up being taught under no circumstances should I ever consider getting a certificate in the trades (apparently, I might as well be a prostitute) or blue-collar work (given that my Dad once worked in a factory, I find that a tad hypocritical, but you don’t question a man who’s survived a famine and 10 years in a labour camp), this reader’s story blew my […]

How to Negotiate Rent Part 2

Following my last post on negotiating rent on a new place, here’s how you negotiate rent on your existing place: Do you pay rent on time? Take good care of your rental? Don’t nitpick on every light bulb that needs to be changed and bombard your landlord with endless demands? Congrats! You’re a dream tenant.  Just like employers who value existing employees that they trust, rather than take on new, untested employees that they need to train, landlords value existing trustworthy tenants.  That’s why you’re more likely to get a discount from your existing landlord, who knows and trusts you, […]

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