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Why so many engineers retire early and how to overcome burnout

This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting up with some of my favorite people in the world at FINCON.

So many of the other bloggers came up and told me how much they love Apex Money, what J.D. and I are doing, and to learn about where we hope to go. This is on top of all the warm emails we get replying to the daily curations (keep your emails coming!).

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Here’s today’s curations:

Why Do So Many Engineers Retire Early? [The Frugal Engineers] — “Have you ever wondered why engineering is so prominently represented in the early retirement community? Is it actually easier for engineers to retire early? What can everyone learn from the engineering mindset to propel their own early retirement journey?” As a former software engineer, a lot of the reasons resonated with me – it’s more than a relatively high income. That certainly doesn’t hurt (and not all engineers are highly paid) but the other characteristics matter more.

How to Stay Hungry on Your Journey to Financial Freedom [Dividend Diplomats] — “Time can wear you down or time can build you up. You may feel tired from putting in all of the blood, sweat and tears on your journey. I am here to show you what you may need to STAND back up, to stay HUNGRY and to keep GOING on your journey.” It’s hard to work towards a multi-year goal and this post by the Dividend Diplomats shows you how to identify what is essentially burn out and reinvigorate yourself.

I’m Finally Making Money, But It Doesn’t Feel Great [The Cut] — “For the first time in my life, I’m making a really good salary, and so is my husband. We’ve always been very careful with money. We both maxed out our 401(k)s and IRAs even when we made tiny starting salaries. […] It’s like now that I have all this extra money, I feel like I’ve become this whole new person I don’t recognize. How can I go back to being someone who’s fine with mismatched plates and thrift-store items, instead of this trend follower with a perfect house filled with nice shit that doesn’t matter?” When you don’t much, it’s hard to understand the problems of those with means. But they have problems too and they’re often quite pernicious and Charlotte Cowles gives fantastic actionable advice free of platitudes.

The Troubling Business of Bounty Hunting [GQ] — “You may not realize it, but bounty hunting is still alive and well in America in 2019. It’s fueled by old laws, loose guidelines, and not-great money. In order to get a closer look inside the world of “bail enforcement agents,” writer Jeff Winkler got licensed and spent months working as a BEA. What he found was a mess for pretty much everyone caught up in a broken system.” Some of the best articles are those where the names and locations have been changed… this one is no exception if you ever saw Dog the Bounty Hunter and wondered what actually happens.

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