The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated from the furthest reaches of the internet for your reading pleasure.
Every week, I scan hundreds of headlines, read dozens of posts, and bring you the best of the best to save you time and mental energy.
Financial Independence (FI) is a primary focus, but it’s an awfully broad topic. I tend to approach FI and early retirement from a fatFIRE perspective and through the lens of a physician, so expect to see those biases in the selected articles.
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I followed Mr. Firestation back when he was a marketing executive in St. Paul. That was more than five years ago, apparently, as he realizes while heading out to EPCOT Center on a Wednesday. Suddenly … Five Years.
Dr. Cory S. Fawcett of Prescription for Financial Success worked one year longer, retiring from a surgical career in his mid-fifties. Although like me, he runs a blog and remains quite active, he tells us that his life feels a lot like retirement. I concur. After Four Years of Retirement, All is Well.
There’s a good chance she’ll be a millionaire by 30. $1 Million is a lot of money, but becoming a millionaire doesn’t carry the cachet it once did. The Millionaire Definition Hasn’t Changed, But Its Meaning Has.
JL Collins is known for The Simple Path to Wealth and an affinity for VTSAX, but he didn’t always embrace simplicity with his investments. This one mistake cost him $1 Million alone. Mariah International: All that glitters…
Whether you believe we are or not, I wouldn’t hesitate to put $6,000 into a Roth IRA. If your income puts you over the limit, see Your Money Geek‘s Backdoor Roth IRA 2021: A Step by Step Guide with Fidelity.
If you’re not comfortable investing in this stock market, perhaps real estate is for you? It’s not for Jim at Route to Retire. Not anymore, anyway. Owning Rental Properties Is Smart, but I’m Out, Jack!
Devon Kennard, Arizona Cardinals Linebacker, speaks to a former Clemson linebacker about his real estate investments. How an NFL Athlete Used Real Estate Investing to Create $300,000 per year of Passive Cash Flow on Coach Carson.
Will time at a beach house cure your career burnout? It couldn’t hurt, but The Physician Philosopher has a different idea. I am a Doctor, and I Hate My Job: The Cure for Burnout.
How many uses does Dogecoin have? Beats me, but this story from Government Worker FI is awfully entertaining. I tried to get rich off Dogecoin and all I got was this lousy blog post.
Updates & Upgrades, CME, and a Sale
The White Coat Investor has updated, expanded, and completely revamped his FIRE Your Financial Advisor course. Additionally, there’s a new CME component, so you may be able to use CME funds for this if employed, and it can be a business deduction for the self-employed and partners.
Now through President’s Day, take $100 off either FYFA or the bundle that included both FYFA and an 8-CME physician wellness program with code WELLNESS100.
If you’ve previously purchased FYFA, you will be granted access to the upgraded course and the CME Component can be purchased separately.
If you’re looking for additional CME, don’t forget the WCI Physician Wellness & Financial Literacy Virtual Conference is coming up in about 3 weeks from 3/4 to 3/6. I’ll be flying out to Salt Lake City to participate in several live broadcasts as a part of the educational festivities. I’ll see you “there,” wherever you happen to be, watching from the comfort of your own home or call room. If you can’t make it live, fear not. Everything will be recorded and available indefinitely for paid registrants.
A Valentine’s Day Poem
Roses are red
Violets are blue*
Not feeling so hot
After Moderna dose 2
*Since when are violets blue? I’d say they’re a shade of purple. More specifically, violet. I mean, there’s a color named after the flower, for Pete’s sake.
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The flow of vaccine to our neck of the woods has slowed significantly, but my wife and I have each been able to staff a half dozen mass vaccination clinics apiece over the last month. One of the benefits of providing an essential service as a front-line worker / volunteer is becoming eligible to be vaccinated. Often, there are leftover doses that need to be administered or wasted at the end of the clinic day, and I got mine.
I received my second dose of Moderna early Thursday afternoon. I didn’t sleep all that well that next night, but I woke up in the morning feeling pretty decent 18 hours post-jab. My arm was sore, but I got my daily pushups and other exercises in without issue.
By late morning, though, I was feeling a bit sluggish and feverish. I slept it off with a nap, but the rest of the day, I had waves of fatigue and an elevated temp that didn’t quite reach 100 F and a heart rate that barely dropped below 100 all day. A small price to pay for excellent immunity.
I didn’t get away scot-free like I thought I might, but my symptoms weren’t too bad, and I’m thrilled to be twice-vaccinated! I’ll take that over a heart-shaped anything any Valentine’s Day. Unless we’re talking Reeses. That’d be a conundrum.
Nah. Vaccine wins.
How does a team with three transfer students who’ve never played with one another or the incumbent starters manage to knock off 5 ranked opponents at home? Luck may play a role, but I’d say coaching has played a bigger role in the Golden Gophers’ success on the hardwood this year. Rick Pitino learned from one of the masters — his father.
Can coaching play a role in helping you become the best physician / parent / person you can be? Dr. James Turner, a.k.a. The Physician Philosopher says “absolutely.”
Have an outstanding week!
-Physician on FIRE