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Around here we discuss:
Money – Life – Travel – Business
Almost anything can fit if it captures my imagination and I think you might be interested.
Beyond the Stock Series, and to give you some idea of what else around here resonates with the regulars, these are the Top 5 most popular posts:
- What we own and why we own it
- How I failed my daughter and a simple path to wealth
- Why your house is a terrible investment
- Why you need F-you money
To help you get started, check out the sidebar for lists of the Most Popular and Most Recent, along with the Archives, and Categories. My talk at Google is also a good overview of my investing philosophy:
I started out writing this for my daughter. It’s about what has worked for me and what has kicked me in the ass.
Me? Well since you asked…..
I started selling flyswatters door-to-door and picking up empty pop bottles from the side of the road to turn in for the 2-cent deposit. Hey, gimme a break. I was eight.
My first real job was in an ice cream parlor, although I spent most of my time in the back scrubbing out the big metal ice cream cans. I was 13 and it paid $1.25 per hour. A fortune!
From there: Busboy, dishwasher, order-puller, grocery bagger, stock clerk, produce clerk and gas station pump jockey back in the day when someone pumped your gas, washed your windows and checked your oil for you (ask your grand parents).
Mail clerk, ground man for a tree crew, landscaper, ad agency founder, account executive, ad space salesman, investment officer, entrepreneur, consultant, sales trainer, speaker, writer, radio talk show host, publisher and group publisher. Pretty much in that order although I’ve done some more than once. And I may have forgotten one or two.
My work has taken me to most states across the country as well as Canada, Germany and England. One of my few regrets is that I’ve never had the occasion for an international posting.
But I’ve had the good fortune to see a bit of the planet on my own: Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Wales, England, Greece, Crete, Puerto Rico, Tahiti, Venezuela, Curacao, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Paris, India, Kashmir, Goa, Nepal, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Eleuthera, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Barbados, Antigua, Martinique, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Prague, Guatemala, Galapagos, Maui, Guam, Philippines (Manila, Cebu, Bohol, Dumaguete, Siquijor), Taiwan, Japan, Mt. Olympus, Amsterdam, Bruges, Beziers, Portugal (Lagos, Porto, Douro Valley). Pretty much in that order although I’ve visited several more than once. And I may have forgotten one or two.
I’ve traveled to and around those places by plane, train, bus, boat, subway, taxi, hired car, motorcycle, bicycle, rickshaw, hitch-hiking, foot, horse, donkey and elephant. Not only traveled by elephant, but herded rhinoceros by elephant back in Nepal. I love saying that!
My degree in English Literature is from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. They still send me alumni letters mostly, I think, hoping I’ve become rich and famous. I’m working on it.
Here’s my favorite cartoon:
Cartoon illustrated by:
Monica H. “avid reader of this blog and fellow index investor”
This blog launched in June 2011 simply as a way to archive this information for my daughter. It has grown into an international readership and has become one of the most highly respected blogs in the world of Financial Independence. I have been called The Godfather of FI. No one is more amazed than I.
In 2013 I created the annual Chautauqua retreat with the goal of going to cool places, to hang out with cool people and discuss cool stuff. So far, these have been held in Ecuador, England, Greece and Portugal. If you think you might like to go, sign up for the mailing list here:
I am the author of The Simple Path to Wealth. It has sold over 400,000 copies and has been published in Korean, Japanese and German. Deals are signed to publish it in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Russia, Poland, Spain, Brazil and in Arabic.
My second book, How I Lost Money in Real Estate Before it was Fashionable, is due out in October 2021.
A pal of mine once said I had won the family lottery. He is right.
My wife Jane and I have been married since 1982. Our daughter Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island, served in the Philippines with the Peace Corp and is well established in her business career.
This blog, as with everything I do, is dedicated to them.
Oh, and one last thing…..
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