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Things happen, and sometimes it sucks

As you may have noticed, my timeline for releasing episodes (which I’ve intentionally left vague) has gotten a bit wonky. However, there is a reason for that, and I wanted to take an opportunity to explain some of the things that have happened, and some of the things I was trying to do. There will be some background here, and while I’ve talked about this a lot, I don’t know that I’ve talked about it here. Forgive me if I repeat myself, or if you’ve already heard.

In Episode 001, I mentioned that I am a Software Engineer by trade, and the art and science of Catching FIRE is a goal/hobby of mine, not my life or my job. I want to share my experience, my thoughts, and my understanding. One thing I have been aware of is that Software Engineering as a profession is a pretty lucrative one, and not everyone has that opportunity. To that end, I decided to experiment with a different kind of position, to better get a sense of what it is like for people in that situation.

Let’s begin with the premise, and the assumptions, shall we?

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Profiles in Prosperity

I’ve seen it happen more than I’d care to admit. It starts innocently enough.

Maybe it was around this time of year, and you just found out you owe some money to the IRS. You Google around and stumble across Jeremy’s Never Pay Taxes Again post, and it makes sense. You dig a bit deeper and get a glimpse into the life he and Winnie created.

Or maybe throughout the course of your day, you saw the Business Insider article talking about how Joe and Ali from Adventuring Along are travelling the world after retiring from being teachers.

Perhaps you were checking out your market returns, or researching a company, and you found this Fiscal Times article about the Everyday Millionaire.

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After Action Episode?

I’ve still got some feedback to go through, but now that I’ve started, it’s a bit difficult for me to wait for the next episode to start implementing changes. Of course, the content of the show would suffer if I rushed, and since providing a valuable show is the main point, I’m not going to let my excitement get in the way of that. So what is one to do?

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What motivated me?

One of the cornerstone ideas of Mustachianism is that at it’s most basic, it can be embraced by anyone, in any situation. I’ve interacted with all kinds of people, from all walks of life. That provides a unique challenge, and a unique opportunity with this show, and with this blog. Based on a poll that MMM did, it seems that Engineers of one kind or another make up the largest group of Mustachians. This is usually the kind of occupation that pays well, and seeing as how MMM (who started the “Mustachian Movement”) was also an engineer, some of the specifics are subconsciously targeted to those people. So with this show, my goal is to reach a much wider audience, in a format that is somewhat unique in the Early Retirement community. Continue reading What motivated me?

Monetization & Transparency

Even though I spend a large portion of my social life (online and otherwise) discussing money, I am still aware of the societal stigma attached to being super open about finances. However, societal expectations aren’t something that have regular stopped me from doing something, and I’m not starting now.

To begin with, no matter what happens as a result of monetization on this site (or any of my other ones), I’m not doing this for money. That will never be the goal. If anything, it will be a side-effect. GoCurryCracker writes about money made from their blog as Accidental Income. They write to provide knowledge, and because they like it. Simply, that is similar to why I am doing this. A more detailed post regarding my motivation is available here. Continue reading Monetization & Transparency