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What my 7 months of mini-retirement has looked like

A little over seven months ago I made a major life change, leaving a stable, high-paying job to take a yearlong mini-retirement.

I had loosely defined visions for what I would do with this time, but no significant plans per se. I more envisioned my mini-retirement as a field to wander around than a new path to follow.

What I’ve found is that the things I thought I would do have not been as prominent as I expected, and some things I had not expected have opened up. I am not ready to call this overall experiment a success or failure. I don’t think it would be possible to summarize the whole thing in those terms anyway.

But I can say what I’ve done, what I haven’t, what lived up to my expectations and what has surprised me. Continue reading

Mini-retirement book review: ‘Outwitting the Devil,’ by Napoleon Hill

The Devil controls 98 of every 100 people on Earth, coercing them not into a life of evil but one of malaise. He leads people to his command by instilling fear in them, which weakens their resolve to pursue a purposeful, meaningful life.

“Think and Grow Rich” author Napoleon Hill wrote “Outwitting the Devil” in 1938 as a one-on-one interview with the Devil himself, in which Hill was able to force the Devil to confess to how he conquers men at an astounding rate and how they can escape his grasp.

The book was deemed too controversial to print – for reasons I’ll delve into later – and shelved an amazing 73 years until its release in 2011. It was incredibly relevant at that time, as the economic climate reflected that of the original period in which Hill wrote it. However, the principles in “Outwitting the Devil” are timeless and valuable even today.

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Book review: “Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life”

Gary John Bishop makes it clear in no uncertain terms: You are currently living the life you want to live, whether you like it or not.

Bishop says our brains are wired to win, and so we naturally and subconsciously act in ways that support our view of ourselves, even if that view is negative or harmful. Continue reading

Mini-retirement is not a magic elixir

The to-do lists are still there. The calendar notifications, too.

These are the ways I’m used to measuring productivity, and I find them difficult to break free from. I probably won’t actually get away from the traditional trappings of work life, at least not in this mini-retirement. I’m not going feral, after all.

But I need to find new ways to appreciate results that are less tangible. Continue reading

So long anonymity — I’m featured on CNN Money today

Well, this is a birthday to remember! Not only is today my last day of work before I start my mini-retirement, but I’m also featured in a CNN Money story about it.

Being a source in a major media outlet requires taking off the mask of semi-anonymity I’ve been wearing since starting I Dream of FIRE in June. Since the main reason I went that route was to keep my blog separate from my work identity — and my mini-retirement makes that unnecessary — I guess that means I’m going public. Continue reading

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