A somewhat unexpected advantage of a career in investment banking is that you typically work so much over the holidays that going back to work (Monday for me) just doesn’t feel as bad or depressing as for people with “normal” jobs.
That being said, I did manage to catch a nice breather over Christmas and New Years – and hopefully, so have you.
It felt good to finally clear a long list of admin items that have been hanging over my head for a while.
Spend some quality time with the family – and relax with a quality book once the kids were asleep.
I was also a frequent visitor and the gym and managed to go out for some really nice dinners with my wife and our friends.
Once I’ve had a chance to decompress, I was able to take a step back and think about my plans for the upcoming year – and beyond.
I won’t bore you with the details, but for the first time ever, I wrote out a detailed vision of the life I would like to live when I am 45.
It’s the sort of exercise I always looked on with skepticism, but somehow, writing out a detailed plan felt great – and much more substantive than what I used to do in the past.
Thankfully, many of the components my dream life are already in place, but there’s still work to do. Well, what would life be without a challenge?
Finally, on an administrative note, you may have noticed some design changes on the blog.
Our old theme was getting a bit clunky, so I replaced it with something much simpler, faster, and mobile-friendly. Would love to hear any feedback you may have in the comments (and pls excuse any bugs in the interim!)
In the meantime, happy Saturday all – and enjoy the links!
From Yours Truly
20 Personal Finance Charts To Help You Build Wealth In 2022 – also marks the first (but hopefully not the last!) a post of mine has gone viral
Yes, You Can Beat The Market – Best Interest
Is This The Greatest Bull Market In History? – A Wealth Of Common Sense
2022 Stock Market Forecast: Uninspiring Upside – Financial Samurai
and most importantly:
How To Live A Rich Life – Ramit Sethi
If you are only going to read one post from today’s roundup, make it this one.
ERN is one of the most credible personal finance bloggers out there and his SWR series is worth a book of its own:
Ten Things The “Makers” Of The FIRE Movement Don’t Want You To Know – Early Retirement Now
Part of my holiday plan was to continue educating myself about the broader crypto / Web3 space.
Thankfully, there was an excellent report published by Messari just before the break which made for some very informative and entertaining reading. In other words, highly recommended:
Crypto Theses For 2022 – Messari (free but requires registration)
The Top Sectors Of Web3 in 2022 By Revenue – Tom Tunguz
Who Owns Web3 – The Pomp Letter
Endless To-Do List? Here’s How Not To Waste Your Life – Financial Times
A (Broken) Playbook For Happiness – Rad Reads
100 Ways To Slightly Improve Your Life Without Really Trying – The Guardian
Let me start with a fiction book I picked up over Christmas – and couldn’t put down until I finally finished it 48 hours later:
Dark Matter: A Mind-Blowing Twisted Thriller – Blake Crouch
and here are two others to get your year off to a great start:
Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance – Angela Duckworth
The 5am Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life – Robin Sharma
Have a wonderful weekend all!
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