Life is short – Do you really want to spend it working?

A relative of mine recently visited us in Asia for two weeks.  She works a normal kind of job.  Nothing fancy or high powered.  She is paid by the hour.  Dreads some aspects of work, loves other parts, but for the most part just does what she needs to do to bring home an income to keep the household going.

About a week into her visit, she pulled me aside and said, “Mr. Zero [no, she doesn’t really call me a Zero], I am worried about you.  You are obviously doing great, but the amount that you work is just not right.”

A typical week for Mr.
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What’s a day worth to you?

Tiananmen Square Beijing- Entrance to the Forbidden City.

My marathon of travel has continued through May. One of the most enjoyable aspects of being an engineer is having the opportunity to solve problems. As I have moved up the ranks in my company, opportunities to personally lead difficult problem solving activities has decreased significantly, but on rare occasions, when the problem has large financial or customer implications, I get tapped on the shoulder to do my thing. For the last 6 weeks, that is exactly what I have been doing.

I originally traveled to Beijing for a quick three day stop to check-in on my team who was already on the ground troubleshooting the issue.… Continue reading

April Financial Progress and Some Complaining

It’s been a slow month for posts but that’s because it’s been quite busy in other areas of my life.  After returning from our sailing trip to Thailand, I have been on a marathon of business travel.  In the last three weeks, I have been home with sweet Mrs. Zero a grand total of two days.  Mega-Bummer –  but my company doesn’t send me those paychecks every two weeks for my good looks.   No, lately it seems I am paid for blood pressure points above 110/70.

I am currently in Beijing China taking a break from work, spending an afternoon at an outdoor cafe’ with an incredibly overpriced Stella and the accompanying  “free” Chinese style spicy peanuts.  … Continue reading

Wealth Building and Weight Loss – Zero Style

Today I am going to reveal a magic system that, if followed, will enable you to build financial wealth and lose weight!  Does that sound good?  You betcha!

Full disclosure, the inspiration for this post came from a recent post on Club Thrifty that struck a nerve for me.  The author (who writes some pretty good stuff by the way), was arguing that the 50/20/30 budget that many advertise as being a great tool for beginners was not such great advice.  I have to say that I agree 100%.

The 50/20/30 budget is a guideline of how to allocate your income.  … Continue reading

A Zero’s Approach to Career Building

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the Zero’s path to financial independence has been driven by increasing our income, forming a lifestyle ceiling and having the patience to let compounding interest do its work.  In this post, I thought I would expound on what I have found to be the key factors for successfully growing income in my corporate job.  There are certainly many resources on this topic and some may find my advice to be somewhat old school, but I believe very strongly that these principles apply in most corporate organizations and functions.… Continue reading