The Sunday Best (2/12/2017)

The Sunday Best is a collection of a handful of posts I share with you each week. With so many informative and inspirational writers out there, I have no trouble coming up with a number of worthwhile reads each week.

Every featured post should be of interest to any physician seeking financial independence. Some will be written by your physician colleagues; others will be written by our friends and patients who share common goals and interests.

Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:


I was honored this week to have a guest post published @ Financial Samurai this week. I vigorously sliced through numerous arguments with my counterpoints in Rejecting Every Reason Not to Retire Early.


Joe Udo @ Retire by 40 sliced through one more reason not to retire early when examining How Early Retirement Impacts Social Security Benefits.


Struggling to get ahead? Learn from another physician taking advantage of Geographic Arbitrage. Live Free MD & The Alaska Factor.


Does it ever feel like you spend most of your time doing what you need to do rather than what you want to do? Oh, it’s just me?!? Dr. Mo @ Urgent Care Career invites you to consider What Do You Want Your Ideal Day to Look Like?


In an oldie but goodie, The Onion urges you to Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life


How does one introduce a brilliant post called Alligators & Kittens? I think you just let the title speak for itself. The Happy Philosopher delivers a magnificent metaphor.


Are you getting the most out of the business credit card in your wallet? Check out the top business credit card offers today.The Best Business Credit Cards
The Wall Street Physician takes advantage of his Wall Street cred, writing Wall Street Profiles: Jim Simons, Renaissance Technologies. Wall Street!


Exploring a potential downside of early retirement, Our Next Life ponders When We’re No Longer “Important” // Ego, Invisibility and Early Retirement.


An educator asks a question that I often contemplate. Vicki @ Make Smarter Decisions wants to know, Would You Work an Extra 200 Days for $200,000?


Family Tree DNA & Spice Trading


My wife and I decided it would be fun to learn a little more about our ancestry. After $59 each, a swabbing of the inner cheek, and about a month’s time, I learned that my parents are who we thought they were. Scandinavians.

No big surprise there. Apparently my DNA is 52% Scandinavian and according to Family Tree DNA,  I’m related by blood to people with awesome surnames like Åkesdotter, Bjørnsdatter, Ellström, and Axelsson.

The results were not entirely without surprise, however. I guess I’m 8% middle eastern, represented by the green glow over Turkey. Who knew? I certainly didn’t. Perhaps my ancestors did a little “spice trading” in that part of the world, if you know what I mean (and I think you do).



The results just came in, and I haven’t had a lot of time to play with the data, but there are a number of tools available to explore common ancestors and build your family tree. If only I had more time. Soon enough, I imagine I will.

Have you submitted your saliva to a similar service? What did you learn?



Have a great week!

-Physician on FIRE


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