Life After Full-time Work Blog

Learn about preparing for life after full-time work through posts from Don's upcoming book.

#13: Teachable Moments And Wake-Up Calls

Life is so busy, there never seems to be enough time or even a good time to think about this stuff. And then suddenly something happens and triggers a connection. Let’s examine teachable moments — and their scarier companions, wake-up calls.

#12: How Long Should You Plan To Make Your Money Last?

Since you don’t know how long you’ll live, what is a sensible planning horizon for the length of your retirement?

#11: Is Retirement Complicated? Or Is It Scary?

Most people are scared to think about a phase of life that could represent a big change. It’s possible to confront and overcome that fear. Here’s how.

#10: How Much Income Do You Need, To Support Your Current Lifestyle?

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Sometimes we think that making a budget is a long, complicated process. But for the purpose of setting a financial target, it doesn’t have to be. It’s surprising how simple it can be, while still being useful.

#9: “I’m Rich!”

I’ve come across lots of rules about how much money you’ll need for a happy, comfortable retirement. And all sorts of numbers, and all sorts of ways to calculate them. When I saw what colleagues of mine came up with, about what it really means to be rich, I loved the simplicity of their concept.

#8: Dreaming About Life After Full-Time Work

Mostly we don’t think about life after work until it gets really near. So I asked some people to think it about now, while they’re still working. Can you learn from the dreams and hopes and fears of others?

# 7: Taxes

How to think about the taxes you pay, and why there are no universal principles that you can follow.

#6: Thoughts About Investing

All that’s necessary is to understand a couple of very basic things: why people invest, and what sort of general goals they have for their investments.

#5: What Does Life Expectancy Mean?

Why do so many people misunderstand life expectancy? Is it the arithmetic or the concept? Let’s take a look. (Spoiler alert: the arithmetic is simple.)

#4: Life’s Abundance is Not Just About Money

Of course money is important. But life is about so much more.