Nords, I will try to go point by point in ur ramble, but try to do so a little more tactfully than "u,"
"- People have a tendency to overestimate their financial skills-- the foundation of investor psychology. (And the lifetime employment of investor psychologists.)
- Highly intelligent, confident, articulate, and driven people tend to overestimate their financial skills even more dramatically than those who are less so"
those that r arrogant and overestimate their skills in life are those that do without thinking and move ahead without seeking advice from more experienced people. the intelligent r those that gather info from as many sources as possible, put it together, look for overlaps, and confirm what they have found. I have gathered info from as many places as possible and am continuing to do so, which is why I am part of this forum. I don't act on anyone's advice, but am smart enough to listen.
"- Your energy and focus is probably much more profitably directed toward perfecting your chosen avocation than toward tweaking your incorporation plans and finagling your tax obligations.
- It's not really different this time, and you probably aren't either. Do you feel that you've discovered an oversight that hasn't been found by any of the thousands of doctors who've gone before you? Is it possible that your "edge" doesn't exist, or that these medical people were busier focusing on the "medical" side of their business? Do you really think that you're the Buffett of medicine? It doesn't matter what I think-- only what you think."
Well...I don't really know how to respond to something like this, but i'll try. First of all, you may considerer yourself one-dimensional but i take great pride in trying to learn about everything i can, and yes, that can include finances AND medicine. last time I looked, doctors aren't dumb, and chances r, it doesn't take too much to be smarter than ppl that say tactless and rude remarks. Warren Buffett of medicine? Saving for retirement is hardly high-powered, multi-billion dollar investing.
"Your situation is compounded by the appearance of getting your advice from Internet strangers."
Once again, a completely idiotic remark. Guess what, financial planners and lawyers are strangers too, and most of the time, they do not have ur best interests at heart. this is why it is important to educate yourself from as many sources as possible. I am also talking to friends as well, which leads me to my next point.
"You don't seem to have found another doctor who's used your contemplated methods to achieve riches in their 30s and retire to a life of self-directed exploration. Is it possible that these mentors don't exist? Is it possible that your sought-after methods don't work? I guess it'd be a stretch to expect you to actually pay a real no-foolin' experienced legal professional the money it would take to either do it right or to learn an effective way to set up your practice."
Well, most of the doctors I've interacted with are in their mid-40s and early 50s, and ALL have said they wished they had my mentality when they were my age. Being a doctor is about delaying gratification for decades, and when they do make money, it gets thrown in a nice house and car, "golden handcuffs." I am avoiding that at all costs.
You must be completely dilluted if you think throwing money at a "no-foolin' experienced legal professional" without some understanding of what you are doing will suddenly make everything right.
"If you've been reading this board, you'd form the impression that the #1 contribution to ER is living below your means. Minimal spending and extraordinary savings. Mainstream ER doesn't come from brilliant investing or tax evasion avoidance or even (very often) from stock options. It mainly comes from saving a gargantuan amount of money to compound for a little time, or saving a goodly amount of money to compound for a longer time. It mostly happens while people are doing other things like practicing their chosen profession or learning enhanced methods of applied frugality."
Wow, let me take a breath. absolutely blown away by this amazing advice. Spending less means saving more! No way! If this is ur one tidbit of constructive advice, move one. Similar to: "doctor, how do I lose weight?" Response: "Exercise more and eat less." amazing
"I don't have much faith that you'll bother to do the legwork, but for the benefit of other MDs who may be reading this thread I'll recommend a book that was suggested to me by an MD who is well on his way to ER:
"The Physician's Guide To Investing: A Practical Approach to Building Wealth"
. The author, also an MD, has some tough love for guys like you."
Guess what, read that. New edition coming out in March by the way. Since I don't believe in using just one source, I continue to learn from other books and other people. You should really try that some time.
Nords, since u've been so kind to to take the time and give me advice, let me return the favor: chill out.