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The Sunday Best (1/7/2018)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best
The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.

Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.


Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:


I’ve seen a lot of year-end recaps, but none as beautiful as this one from the outdoorsy Chris IstaceYear in Review: A 2017 Photo Essay of Outdoor Adventures.


We saved and invested quite a bit of money in 2017, my last year of mostly full-time work. But did we save the optimal amount? From DQYDJ (Don’t Quit Your Day Job), What’s the Ideal Savings Rate for Retirement or Financial Independence?


How does one write an obituary for a surgeon, husband, and father after he kills himself and his children? I have great respect and sorrow for Rachel Dawson, the widow who wrote the powerful words featured by Pamela Wible, MD. The Most Honest Obituary.


Is FIRE even possible in a socialist society? The FIRE Viking thinks so. The Start of the FIRE Saga: Is not the least I can do making my wildest dreams come true?


J. Money at Budgets are Sexy reminds us it’s not too late to resolve to make 2018 the best year ever. Don’t Have a New Year’s Resolution? Steal One of These.


The good doctor strayed from his frugal ways. From DiverseFI, a tale of regret. Stealth Wealth Fail.


A few of my favorite writers got together in a soap shop to chat about money. From The Bigger Pockets Money Podcast, The Surprising (Scientific) Truth Behind What Makes You Successful with Mr. Money Mustache.


I’m at least 20 years away from collecting Social Security, but it’s an interesting topic to debate. From Doctors Cory S. Fawcett and Jim Dahle of The White Coat Investor, When to Take Social Security — a Pro / Con.


Please don’t be stupid. Hormones Demystified takes a break from the hormonal talk to contemplate the Top 10 Reasons Why Smart People Are Stupid About Their Health.


Mr. Money Mustache takes dead aim at cryptocurrency. Why Bitcoin is Stupid. Also, from The Huffington Post, The Bitcoin Hoax.


Camp FI Southeast and Other Public Appearances


I’m currently enjoying a long weekend in a part of the country that’s at least a little bit warmer than home, and completely snow-free. A hard freeze isn’t what we were hoping for, but we’re making the best of it here in Gator country just around the bend from the University of Florida. It’s great. To be. A Florida Gator! Even if just for a weekend.

Later this month, I’ll be dutifully clapping on stage as the closing bell is rung at the New York Stock Exchange. Thank you to Inspire Investing for the invite, and look for me on CNBC Tuesday, January 30th! I’ll be the guy with the look on his face that says “How on earth did I get here?”

We’ll be spending pretty much all of February in Hawaii, flying out Super Bowl Sunday, which means the Vikings will probably make it to the big game at home and I’ll miss it. I haven’t figured out if I should be happy or frustrated if that happens, but my team hasn’t made it to a Super Bowl since I was a baby, so I’m still hoping they make it, and I’ll gladly pony up the $9.99 or whatever it is to get DirecTV on the plane. Aloha!

Early March, I’ll be meeting up with a bunch of new friends at the White Coat Investor’s Physician Wellness and Financial Literacy Conference. If you are going to be there, or anywhere else I’ll be this year, I look forward to meeting you. Cheers!


Have an outrageously good week!

-Physician on FIRE


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25 thoughts on “The Sunday Best (1/7/2018)”

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  2. Great Sunday best as always PoF! Enjoy the “warm” weather in Florida and your trip to Hawaii in Feb!

    That’s the secret to living in cold places, isn’t it? Go somewhere else when it’s butt-freezing cold!

  3. As awful as it is to read the obituary, I’m actually relieved and thankful to see a suicide obit that says something more than just “died suddenly” as though it’s taboo. It’s a step in the right direction.

    • Thanks, J.

      It’s a lot to squeeze in with the other travel I had already planned, but it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.


  4. Hola, we are currently in Oahu doing a local tenems position. Worked out a .8 position so we have enough time off to hit the beach and breweries. It is a welcome break from the cold. Always enjoy reading your posts, keeps us motivated. Our colleagues at home always think we are crazy.

    • That’s awesome, Lily. How could anyone think working less than full-time in Hawaii in January is a crazy thing to do. Passing up the opportunity would be crazy in my book. We’ve got a week lined up in Oahu and look forward to some great hiking, an attempt at surfing, and of course the breweries and beaches.


  5. One heck of a wonderful way to wake up and enjoy my Sunday morning coffee. Thanks so much for considering my 2017 Photo Essay for the Sunday Best. So best wishes to an awesome year for all your travels, plans, work and health in 2018.

  6. You are on FIRE and not from a retirement stand point. Seems like your work is taking you far and wide. Nice job.

      • And don’t underestimate the beauty of shift work. No inbox to manage when you are on vacation either…that is an under appreciated benefit of fields like yours, radiology, and ER. No direct patient messages.

  7. Wow PoF, the adventures keep coming! Thanks for including my blog today. CNBC? Look forward to meeting you at CampFi Midwest. Happy travels.

    • You’re very welcome, DocG. I’m having a great time here at this CampFI, and I’m glad to see they’re bringing one to Minnesota. As of yesterday, there were eleven spots left for anyone that wants to join us.

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      See you there!

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  9. Wealthy Doc beat me again for a comment! How did you get an invite to the closing bell at the NYSE? You are a super networker. She you in Utah.

  10. Mexico
    Florida in Jan
    Hawaii in Feb
    Then speaking at WCI’s first conference in UT
    Man, I’m not sure which I’m most jealous of.
    Congratulations on all your adventures.

    • Yes, my dance card is full this winter. I don’t love spending time away from my family, but I’ve had a few opportunities to which I couldn’t say no.

      The 3+ weeks as a family in Hawaii will be great, though. We’ll have lots of family time, and I just lined up surfing lessons for us with Doug Nordman of the Military Guide.


      • Wow, with a travel plan like that, you have become a celebrity Dr. POF! And I am moving to obscurity…

        Good round up of articles as always. All the best for the new year!

        • All the best to you, TFR… Don’t fade away, unless that’s what you want to do, of course.


  11. Wow, POF… The most honest obituary article is spot on (and intense)! Thanks for sharing that.

    I couldn’t agree more that the leading cause of mental distress, burnout, depression, and suicide among physicians is a lack of talking about the issues and dealing with it.

    Thanks for putting that post up in this Sunday Best! Anything to encourage the conversation is a good thing, in my opinion.

    • I appreciate the brutal honesty the surgeon’s widow displayed there, even if it is a tough read.



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