Go Get Some, Work Harder to Get Ahead

Go get some a motto used a lot by Jocko Willink in his podcast about leadership and extreme ownership. In these contexts, go get some means to do something badass, to deliver results, to be awesome. The way I see it, working hard is the way to move forward in life. If you move faster than your competition, make more hours (when necessary of course), and reliably deliver results, you will come out ahead in life. Go get some.  People blame a lot of their failures on a lack of talent. But talent is optional. What really matters is work…

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Develop your Skill Stack

In life, there are two ways to get better. One, you can get ahead and specialise in your niche. Or you can try to broaden your horizon and learn new skills. In this article I argue for the latter, and show you why you should develop your skill stack by building up more and more skills. This article was inspired both by Brad and Jonathan from the ChooseFI podcast, and some tweets I exchanged with CheesyFinance the other day. This go me thinking about why I do the things I do. Okay, let’s start with the most obvious two skills…

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My Birthday and a Quarter Life Crisis?

So this week was the week of my birthday. I turned 26. Turning 26 is a point in my life where I have to think about my future. Now that I’m officially closing in on 30, as Girlfriend would like to say, the goals I have in life are getting closer. My big financial goal is to fire my boss when I turn 40. Retiring at 40 means I have 14 years left. 14 years is a short amount of time to acquire the funds I need to retire on. So maybe I have to revisit my goals and look at…

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When to Play the Game, When to Break the Rules

In the Jocko Podcast published the 26th of December last year Jocko and Echo were talking about this dilemma of when to play the game and when to break the rules. They were discussing discipline and ownership in wide ranging topics from business to war and from relationships to everyday life.  The discussions were centred around the question whether you should play along when you don’t agree with decisions made by higher ups. Sometimes you should just break the rules to take ownership. However, in some cases it’s better to just play the game to be more effective. Jocko and Echo…

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Goed met Geld Podcast #002 “Spaarpercentage”

Aflevering 002 is live gegaan, luister hem hier! We praten over het spaarpercentage, en hoe dat een indicator is voor wanneer je kunt stoppen met werken. We halen Mr Money Mustache aan, maar ook onze eigen manieren hoe we ons spaarpercentage bijhouden. Vind je onze podcast leuk? Abonneer je dan op onze nieuwsbrief hier, en laat een rating en review achter op iTunes. Tot volgende week!

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Business Travel is Worth the Hassle

I’m a consultant. My job is to go to a client, fix a problem, and leave. Sometimes the problem is easy and we’re gone after a few weeks. Sometimes we stay for months or even years. Anyway, usually there is a fair amount of business travel involved.  Most clients are in The Netherlands. But not all of them. Currently I’m staffed on an international project in Europe at a small multinational client (<5,000 employees).  Business travel allows me to gain cool life experiences, and earn more money.

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January 2019 Overview

Another month has past and we’re now officially up and running with the new year! January was a fine month. As promised, 2019 is the year for me where I will be sharing real numbers instead of only percentages. So let’s not waste time and dive right into my income and expenses for the month, and what my investments have been doing (spoiler: they’ve done great!) Read the full post here.

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Job Hopping to Increase your Income

Job hopping is often frowned upon. But it is a proven way to increase your income over time. But what exactly is job hopping? You might be wondering now if you should change your job every year, just to keep pushing your income. Well, the answer is as you might guess, no. No, changing jobs every year might not be a good idea. Read the full article here.

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Salary Increase 2019: Bad, but Good

That’s a strange way to describe your salary increase for 2019!  Yup it is. My salary increase this year wasn’t that high. But a company wide increase of secondary benefits plus lower income taxes made my net income rise by about 100 euros. As said, it wasn’t good. I mean really, not good. I got a measly 1% raise on my gross monthly salary. When I switched jobs in March 2018, I made quite a jump. My gross monthly income went up by about 17%, but that’s after the increase I already got at my previous employee. Compared to my…

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Financial Planning for the Intermediate Term

This article is a continuation of the one I posted on Monday. During our money date [link] we discussed among other things buying a house together in the intermediate term. The financial planning around a decision like this is quite important. When you want to reach financial independence, it’s important that you keep your expenses in check. And since housing is the largest expense for most people, this is extremely important to keep down.  Currently we live in my apartment. I bought it roughly three years ago, and it’s nice and affordable in an OK part of the city. For…

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