Brice, can you give us a summary of your investing/retirement
saving strategy? I remembered you said it years past but I didn't write it down.
I don't recall if you said anything about owning physical gold/silver?
My investment strategy largely is unorthodox but it's what works for me.
I purchase silver, diverting about 10% of my income a month in that and I have a money market account. I also have a slush fund that is used for nothing more than vacations and the like, along with no-interest credit cards that I use ONLY for their extended teaser rates (I have not paid credit card interest since 2010).
I primarily invest my time and energy in LEARNING new things. To me, the greatest investment is not in stocks, bonds, bitcoin, money markets, IRA, or the like. It's investing in YOURSELF by learning new things that have a value proposition for the market.
The best way to make money is by utilizing what you know - knowledge which marinates into wisdom which converts invariably into $$$$$.
I spent, for example, about 2.5 months straight, taking time off work (aka NOT WORKING at all), 8 hours a day, learning new technologies. I primarily learned what I described in the other posts.
I am now working on a contract on which I am using some of these technological capabilities and it is paying off in spades.
Everyone around me seems to be puzzled by my productivity and honestly, trying to explain what I am doing often creates a sense of dizziness from those who are listening.
The bottom line though is that NO ONE questions what I know and I mean no one. That is something I am proud of.
You can talk shit all day so long as you can back it up. The tools I have and the knowledge I know about technology, IMO, is second to none and I'm JUST getting started.
What I will know next year will absolutely pale in comparison to what I have learned this year.
To improve my analytical thinking, I play about 3 hours of online chess a night - been doing that for about a year and a half.
I have found that both my ability to focus as well as my productivity has improved - so has my chess game.
I am testing this theory as the greatest amount of time and energy invested in the learning process to see what it yields.
So far, I am very happy with the results.