The Sunday Best (10/22/2017)
The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
It’s been some time since Stealth Wealth was featured here. In Stealth Wealth: Why This Millionaire Hides His Riches, Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich profiles a certain “Dr. Erikson” you just might recognize.
While no numbers were shared, I’m confident the good Dr. PIMD has at least a couple million to claim FI in sunny California. Another multimillionaire, Brad of Maximize Your Money, shares How We Made Our Second Million.
Here’s some rigorous data that makes me feel like less of a wuss when I fire up my electricified Fortified bike. From Paul @ Electric Bike Report, Riding an Electric Bike is NOT Cheating. Here’s the Data to Prove It.
I don’t know the costs involved, but I do know that J.D. Roth, who once sold his site for 7-figure sum, has bought it back. From the newly improved Get Rich Slowly, I Bought Get Rich Slowly! (or The Return of J.D. Roth).
ESI Money has been pumping out the Millionare Interviews.
- Lessons From Millionaires
- Millionaire Interview #16
- Millionaire Interview #17
- Millionaire Interview #18
- Millionaire Interview #19
- Millionaire Interview #20
Boston Meetup Monday Evening
I’m in Beantown for the largest anesthesiology meeting in the world, The American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. I figure there must be a few of you who either live in and around Boston or are in town for the same reason as me. Or you may have just discovered this site after picking up a can koozie labeled with my site and logo that I left in select locations around the convention center.
Whoever you are, you’re welcome to join me tomorrow for a brewery tour of Harpoon Brewing, which is conveniently located a few blocks east of the meeting site. I’ll be there by 4:45 and will be wearing this cap.
If anything is going to convince me not to retire early, it’s this meeting. Whenever I come, and I’ve probably been to at least half of them over the last 15 years, I map out a schedule and attend lectures and panels according to my interests all day long. I always leave with new information or a greater depth of knowledge on pertinent subjects, and often implement those ideas in some way in the work that I do.
This is the first Annual Meeting I’ve attended since achieving financial independence. With a likely retirement in the next couple years, one might expect me to tune out. Enjoy the city, watch some football, and show up enough to claim a few CME credits.
I’m doing the exact opposite. I approach these lectures with a newfound vigor. In the past, my focus was quite narrow. What could I learn and directly apply to the patients I care for in my practice? I would pick up a few nuggets and alter my practice slightly, adding TAP blocks to my repertoire, giving decadron to prolong peripheral nerve blocks, or giving oral acetaminophen and gabapentin preoperatively.
This go-round, I have expanded my focus to include anything I find intriguing or inspiring. There are issues much bigger than patients that I care for a few at a time. The opioid crisis. Attempts to decrease mortality in anesthesia and surgery worldwide. Compassionate and appropriate end of life care and access to healthcare of any kind here in the United States.
My clinical career may be winding down, and I am eagerly looking forward to a break from work. The beauty of financial independence is that I can once again decide what I want to do when I grow up, and compensation no longer needs to play any significant role.
If a need to remain productive endures after I’ve left clinical medicine, I could use my education and background to continue helping people in an entirely different way than I do now. Perhaps I’ll find inspiration over the course of my five days here in Boston that will someday lead to an entirely different chapter in my life.
Or not. Time will tell. Either way, it’s a blessing to have an open slate.
Boston Meetup Last Evening
I had the pleasure of getting to know a few other financial independence fans on Saturday evening. It’s always refreshing to be able to speak freely about these topics without feeling like I’m hiding something or holding back in some way.
I was joined by Liz of Chief Mom Officer, Laurie of The Three Year Experiment, the Actuary on FIRE, and Ron a.k.a. Enron. The five of us came from four different states to bond over expense ratios, exciting plans for the future, and some tasty appetizers and beverages.
It’s always fun to connect faces with blog and forum names and verify that these are good, normal people with goals similar to your own. This was my third or fouth group blogger meetup, and the people behind the monikers never fail to be more impressive in person than they are online.
On Wednesday this week, I leave this conference and join another in Dallas called FinCon where I expect to meet hundreds of other bloggers and others in the personal finance space. Judging by the people I’ve met thus far, I imagine I will be in great company. If you plan to join me in Dallas, I look forward to seeing you there!
Have a stupendous week!
-Physician on FIRE