Why the Education System is Broke

Why the Education System is Broke

So yesterday one of my friends that I currently work with came into my office to talk business (as well as to chit-chat a little bit).  In the midst of our conversation, he mentioned how his young twin boys are starting to understand the general concept of working. As a side note, he’s the only one at my office who really knows about this site (and he reads it)… so he’s probably going to throw a rock at me for bringing him into a post, but hey, what are friends for?!  😉 Anyway, he said the conversation between them went something like this: Boys:  Dad, where are you going? Dad:  I have to go to work. Boys:  Why do you have to go to

Am I Focusing TOO Much on Retirement??

Am I Focusing TOO Much on Retirement??

I’ll admit it… I am passionate about becoming financially free and quitting my day job.  I think about it 24×7.  It’s constantly on my mind and I’m always trying to figure out ways to make it happen more quickly.  I consider that to be a very good thing to help make my goals come to fruition. However, it can also be a bad thing.  And by that I mean that if I’m focusing entirely on early retirement, I’m not focusing all my attention on other things that may also be important. For instance, although I still stay on top of my task list at work, it’s no longer consuming my whole day.  My mind is usually elsewhere – and by elsewhere, it might

The Rental Property Investment Chase [Part 1]

Rental Property Chase

An enormous help to financial freedom is owning assets.  The key to assets is that they pay you even when you’re not working.  I’ve talked previously about my rental house and how it’s currently paying for the mortgage and a little extra.  The big payoff though will be once the mortgage is paid off and I’m done with my full-time job.  That will be a nice stream of income coming in every month. You can save a ton of money in your savings and IRAs, but the problem with those is that they’re finite.  Sure, your IRA will hopefully grow over time, but regardless, it’s still something you sure as heck better have saved enough of if you’re going to live off

What if…

What if…

I’ve talked a little bit about the company I currently work for, but I wanted to share an interesting scenario with you guys. The company I work for employs around 50 people.  In the managerial hierarchy, the company president is obviously the big dog.  I (along with a couple other managers) report directly to him.  There is also a vice president of sales, but I don’t directly report to him. Now, here’s the “what if” scenario… The president of the company is getting closer to retirement.  He hasn’t come out and said that he plans to retire, but it’s going to be happening and I’m going to guess we’ll see it happen over the next few years.  I would also guess

Is Retiring Early Selfish??

Is Retiring Early Selfish??

Financial freedom… I think about it more and more every day.  I wish I had put more focus on this in my younger years so I could be even closer to the goal than I am today. Part of my desire to retire early is to have more available time to spend with my daughter.  Unfortunately, with my late start, she’s going to be 15 years old when I finally quit my job.  Although that’s still young, it’s going to be a lot different than it is today while she’s 5.  Right now, she wants to play with dad (and mom) 24 hours a day.  I love every minute of it – and I hate those times when I’m not able to play with