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Are You Your Greatest Asset?

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Here is a tricky question for you – What’s your greatest asset? Is it your house, car, jewelry, or investment portfolio? Ha! You’re thinking - I know the answer to this one. It’s me! I’m my greatest asset. Yes, that’s a great answer to this trick question. Many successful people like Warren Buffett would support […] Read More

What’s Your Ideal Work?

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What’s the difference between 'work' and 'job'? We use these two words interchangeably most of the time, but there is a subtle difference between them. Here are the definitions from the Oxford online dictionary. Work - Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result. Job - A task or piece […] Read More

How to Start a Blog and Why You Should

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A few weeks ago, I went to drop RB40Jr off at school and met one of his friends’ mom. We hit it off because she's from Thailand and we had a short conversation while we waited for the kids to go inside. She asked what I do, and I told her I’m a blogger. She must […] Read More

How to Fund Your Early Retirement

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Early retirement sounds awesome, but how do you pay the bills? Many financial planners recommend saving 10% to 15% of your income for retirement. That standard plan should enable you to comfortably retire in your 60s, but it will be practically impossible to retire early. You will have to think outside of the box if […] Read More

5 Years Blog Anniversary

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I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I started blogging! It was tough to juggle full time work, a baby, and a blog over the first two years. However, the last 3 years really flew by since I left my job. Wow, what can I say? English was one of my weaker subjects in […] Read More

5 Unusual Reasons Why I LOVE Self Employment

{ 52 comments } 5 unusual and entertaining reasons why I LOVE self employment

It has been over a year now that I left my corporate job and became a stay at home dad/blogger. I LOVE being self employed part time. If I knew what a great fit it was, I would have tried to get here much sooner. Every day is like Christmas combined with Thanksgiving! For this […] Read More

The Pros and Cons of Working Less

{ 54 comments } The Pros and Cons of Working Less – Would you work less for less pay?

Would you work less if you could handle it financially? According to the latest State of Engagement Survey from Gallup, 70% of workers don't like their job. I'd guess that more than 70% of us wouldn't mind spending less time at the office. However, middle income households usually do not have this option because they […] Read More

{ 31 comments } When you have your dream job, you don’t spend a lot of time dreaming

Last weekend at WDS was full of great speeches and I wrote down a bunch of quotes. Tess Vigeland talked about leaving her dream job as the host of Marketplace Money on NPR. She is working on getting back to being remarkable again and it isn't an easy process. She is struggling, but I’m sure […] Read More

What would you do for a buck?

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Yesterday, I was walking to the Portland State University library to do a little blogging and saw a big van with a sign “We’ll Pay You $1.00 to Watch This 4-Minute Video.” How could I say no to that? A volunteer led me to one of the 10 video monitors installed and I spent 4 […] Read More

Why I gave up my engineering career

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One of our readers is going back to school for an engineering degree and asked me to write a detailed post on why I gave up my engineering career. It’s a great career that pays well and are in demand, but it might not be for everyone. Computers fascinated me when I was young and […] Read More