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Reframing Retirement

Retirement can simply mean to maximize one's resources so that one can finally live life on one's own terms. It can mean continuing to work in projects that one finds interesting or fulfilling.

The core takeaway of all the personal definitions of retirement is Freedom. If one can do whatever is desired without worrying about resources or time, a fulfilled life ensues.

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Defining Retirement

Retirement doesn't have to mean that we stop working altogether.

It can mean different things to different people, and some people take to retirement as a way to work towards what they are passionate about.

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  1. Don’t Be a Consumerist: keep your expenses as low as possible without sacrificing the quality of life. Spend money on things that yield lasting benefits.
  2. Have An Emergency Fund: this gives you freedom and peace of mind to deal with issues without having to upset your long-term investments.
  3. Invest Defensively: investing in individual stocks is a dangerous business and it can take your peace of mind. Index funds let you invest in a whole group of companies, bonds, etc. without the time and risk involved in individual stocks.
  4. Diversify Income: relying on a single source of income is a dangerous strategy. Multiple sources will make you more financially resilient and give you the resources to acquire assets and invest.

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Cluttered digital lives

If people's physical lives were anywhere near as cluttered as their digital lives, their kitchen sinks would be full of dishes, their closets would be jammed, and their houses would be in chaos.

But our digital lives are limited to our devices, so we don't notice how messy they are. Our news feeds are filled with updates we don't care about. We're subscribed to 100 podcasts but listen to only a few.

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Minimalizing Your Life

To minimize your life is choosing to live by design, not by default. You decide where to allocate your time, focus, and efforts.

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