Today is the 51st edition of our periodic guest post series called 10 Questions. We have a list of 17 questions we pose to fellow financial bloggers, and they are free to pick and choose 10 or answer all of them. Let us know if you would like to be featured in a future edition of 10 Questions.
A wise man once said:
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”
This quote can also be twisted around to apply to frugality. When I was a college student, I was supporting myself on under $40/week. I was completely frugal. I had to be.
While I’m still frugal now, my lifestyle did expand when I started getting paid: Good-bye spaghetti 5 times/week! However, I still live modestly, saving most of my income.
Recently, I learned that there are physicians on the frugality/ early retirement blogwagon. This is awesome! I love to see people at the top of the income heap who choose to live a restrained life in favor of saving and investing. To rephrase the quote:
“The true measure of frugality in a man is found when he has almost infinite money to spend.”
Today, we have Physician on FIRE. If this Dr. Dude doesn’t make you laugh out loud, there’s something wrong with you. He’s an anesthesiologist, so perhaps he can hook you up with some laughing gas?
Before we begin, I’d like to thank Mr. & Mrs. 1500 Days for giving me a platform to publicize my blog and its mission. I intend to take full advantage of this opportunity, and will absolutely pepper the page with links back to PhysicianOnFIRE.com, a practice the instructions explicitly encourage. Thanks!
I reached out to Mr. 1500 when I realized I was more or less his evil Up North twin. We’re both about the same age, with 2 kids about the same ages, spend too much time at Home Depot, plan to retire early, share a zeal for science, Diet Dew and craft beer, and of course, have a blog. I’m not sure how he feels about run-on sentences, semi-colons, hyphens, and Oxford commas; I’m all about them, though.
Now, on with the 11 questions. That’s right. This one goes to eleven.
1. Tell me how you’re going to change the world with your blog (dream big or don’t dream at all!).
I offer perspectives on life and personal finance that can be helpful to most everyone, but I’m specifically targeting my physician colleagues. Doctors are in a rut. The burnout rate is skyrocketing. There are real consequences for the individual physician, and for society at large.
Frustrated doctors can’t deliver the best care. Depressed doctors will find a way out; the suicide rate of female physicians is double that of non-physicians. Efforts are underway to identify and correct some of the underlying causes of burnout, and I’m glad to see the issue being recognized and addressed.
I’m approaching the issue from a financial perspective. I see other doctors trying to buy happiness. Work more, spend more, smile more? Nope. Not working.
My message is this: work some, spend more time doing the things you want with the people you care about, spend less, and create the life you deserve with financial independence. My goal is to educate, entertain, and enlighten my readers, leaving them informed and inspired to consider living a life unlike the stereotypical spendthrift doctor.
2. What post(s) are you most proud of and why?
I made it plural; I gotta get my links in! I recently wrote up a very actionable 20 Steps to Effective DIY Investing. I think it’s a great starting point, chock full of resources and links to sites better than mine, that can help anyone who’s wondering “how do I get started with investing?”. Investing Fees Will Cost You Millions is a true statement, and you don’t have to be a big saver for this to be true. Writing about the Things I’ll Miss gave me a renewed appreciation for the positive aspects of the work that I do. Continue reading