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What happens when you get what you want?

Howdy, money nerds, and welcome to another edition of Apex Money. I’m your host, J.D. Roth. Here are the articles I’ve gathered for you today…

What happens when you get what you want? [The White Coat Investor] — “The Grand Narrative of Success provides structure, meaning, and identity to our lives, and it is scary to leave that. At cocktail parties, we ask ‘What do you do?’ and we ask young people ‘What are you going to do?’ Heaven forbid if the answer isn’t something tangible and preferably profitable.”

More older Americans are living alone then ever before. [New York Times gift article] — “Nearly 26 million Americans 50 or older now live alone, up from 15 million in 2000. Older people have always been more likely than others to live by themselves, and now that age group — baby boomers and Gen Xers — makes up a bigger share of the population than at any time in the nation’s history.”

Five reasons to retire often. [Jillian Johnsrud] — “When I talk about ‘retiring often’ people are generally confused by the idea. Why would you retire more than once? Why not just push through for 40 straight years and then take the next 30 off? There are a hundred benefits to retiring often. And honestly the non-stop career path has some fatal flaws.”

The need to read. [Paul Graham] — “You can’t think well without writing well, and you can’t write well without reading well. And I mean that last ‘well’ in both senses. You have to be good at reading, and read good things.”

I’ll be back again tomorrow with more fun stuff. Come back then!