Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?
Old 03-16-2006, 11:40 AM   #1
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 306
Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?

I thought this was a pretty good article for all the 'young dreamers' out there....

http://www.fastcompany.com/online/66/mylife.html
__________________

__________________
-----------------------------------------------------
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
mickj is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?
Old 03-16-2006, 11:52 AM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
MasterBlaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,359
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?

I like this part:

It turns out that having the financial independence to walk away rarely triggers people to do just that. The reality is, making money is such hard work that it changes you. It takes twice as long as anyone plans for. It requires more sacrifices than anyone expects. You become so emotionally invested in that world -- and psychologically adapted to it -- that you don't really want to ditch it.

I met many people who had left the money behind. But having "enough" didn't trigger the change. It had to get personal: Something had to happen such as divorce, the death of a parent, or the recognition that the long hours were hurting one's children. (One man, Don Linn, left investment banking after he came home from a business trip and his two-year-old son didn't recognize him.)

The ruling assumption is that money is the shortest route to freedom. Absurdly, that strategy is cast as the "practical approach." But in truth, the opposite is true. The shortest route to the good life involves building the confidence that you can live happily within your means (whatever the means provided by the choices that are truly acceptable to you turn out to be). It's scary to imagine living on less. But embracing your dreams is surprisingly liberating. Instilled with a sense of purpose, your spending habits naturally reorganize, because you discover that you need less.
__________________

__________________
MasterBlaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?
Old 03-16-2006, 12:53 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Jay_Gatsby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,719
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?

I've never thought much of Po Bronson's work. Do a search and you'll find quite a bit of discussion of him.
__________________
He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it . . . It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. -- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay_Gatsby is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?
Old 03-16-2006, 02:42 PM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,616
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jay_Gatsby
I've never thought much of Po Bronson's work.
I think he's an excellent writer who started quite an interesting discussion with "What Should I DO With My Life?", although he does tend to wear his heart on his sleeve.

Of course Bronson is flogging a new book now, and he's an experienced marketer, so he's probably trying to generate a buzz... http://www.pobronson.com/index_why_d...ese_people.htm

If that's too heavy, then just back off to lighter fare--
http://www.pobronson.com/index_nudist.htm
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?
Old 03-16-2006, 04:22 PM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Jay_Gatsby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,719
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nords
I think he's an excellent writer who started quite an interesting discussion with "What Should I DO With My Life?", although he does tend to wear his heart on his sleeve.*

Of course Bronson is flogging a new book now, and he's an experienced marketer, so he's probably trying to generate a buzz... http://www.pobronson.com/index_why_d...ese_people.htm

If that's too heavy, then just back off to lighter fare--
http://www.pobronson.com/index_nudist.htm
It's the whole "heart on the sleeve" aspect of Po's work that I find unpleasant. He approaches things, at least in his book "What Should I Do With My Life" with the idea that everyone, no matter what their stage in life, can (and should) do what they WANT to do -- without giving equal time to the repercussions of doing so. The vast majority of people in this world have responsibilities (e.g., families, debts, ill relatives, etc...) that they just simply can't walk away from on a whim. Being true to yourself is important, but ensuring that you carry out responsibilities you voluntarily assumed (in most cases) is more important.

Bronson admits that he walked away from a $300k+/year job to follow his dreams (which he really didn't even know at that time). While some might characterize this as brave, I call it short-sighted.
__________________
He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it . . . It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. -- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay_Gatsby is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?
Old 03-16-2006, 04:34 PM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?

I've seen him on tv twice and I hope he's got something going on that I havent seen yet, because I was very, very unimpressed.
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?
Old 03-16-2006, 05:28 PM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
maddythebeagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,450
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?

Quote:
I've seen him on tv twice
I havent seen him once. Was he in between a little giant ladder and ronco infomercial OR the PBS pledgathon?

__________________
- Hurry! to the cliffs of insanity!
maddythebeagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?
Old 03-16-2006, 07:17 PM   #8
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?

Someone was interviewing him and I want to say it was Jon Stewart. IIRC Jon was cracking some jokes and trying to liven the guy up a little and he just sat there not 'getting it'. Made Al Gore look wild and snappy and GW look bright...
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?
Old 03-17-2006, 01:35 PM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,382
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?

Well, whatever. But it is a very interesting article.

Ha
__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?
Old 03-21-2006, 09:43 AM   #10
Full time employment: Posting here.
bow-tie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 687
Re: Interesting Article--- What should I do with my Life?

Ditto what Ha said...
__________________

__________________
Diggin' my way to financial freedom, one buck-at-a-time
bow-tie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Polymeal: Increase your life expectancy by 6.5 years wabmester Other topics 22 06-20-2007 12:15 PM
OK ... The REAL Question of Life ... Your Socks Life Craig Other topics 25 01-19-2007 04:24 PM
Article on FI Googlers who moved on kramer Life after FIRE 3 01-08-2007 08:03 PM
CNN Money article - we could have wrote it! dex FIRE and Money 1 03-11-2006 12:20 PM
Another article on our inability to save REWahoo Other topics 49 03-10-2006 10:59 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:34 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.