In honor of this, my 50th post, following is a compilation and summary of each of my 49 articles written to date, as well as a link to a recent radio interview! It’s been an interesting four months, and I trust you’ve enjoyed the journey thus far. I receive no financial compensation in this venture, but am richly rewarded by the stories of the impact I’ve had in many readers’ lives. I sincerely hope you, personally, have gained at least a few items of real value and insight.
For new readers, this is a great opportunity to scan through all of my content to date and read a few of the posts in areas that interest you.
For long term readers, it’s a great time to pick up on any articles you’ve missed, or re-read a favorite! I’d also be appreciative if you could pick one to send to a friend.
Every title is hyperlinked back to the original article. Pick a few, and enjoy! If you’d ever like to reach out to me, don’t hesitate to send an email (I answer each one personally). My email address is Fritz@theretirementmanifesto.com.
Thank you for your support of The Retirement Manifesto.
#1 Contentment – A Personal Choice: My first post, and I choose to make it an opportunity to publically declare my personal decision to be content.
#2 College, For Life (Paying for College): My parents paid for my college education, now I’m returning the generosity. Someday, hopefully, my daughter will do the same for her kids.
#3 The Retirement Manifesto – How It Started: The story of the first 30 hours. Have you read the definition of “Manifesto”? It’s a perfect description for this website.
#4 48 Hour Milestone – God’s Leading: Does God lead us into things? Did he lead me into this?
#5 A Day With My Daughter (Leaving A Legacy): Life lessons to my daughter via her search for the perfect gun.
#6 A Call For Help (Budget Priorities): A friend calls for advice: tax savings or emergency fund?
#7 The Kayak (Carpe Diem): Life. Just Do It!
#8 The Purpose (Planning your future): My personal rules for The Retirement Manifesto.
#9 Should I Buy Gold? My advice to a friend when he asked me this question.
#10 Why Does Personal Finance Matter? How personal finance applies to our daily lives, and why it’s important for a great retirement.
#11 45 Seconds Of My Life: How small action can lead to big results. Take the first step!
#12 The River (Married Life): How a kayak trip is a good analogy for a marriage.
#13 Building Block One: The Levers Of Wealth: Building wealth is easy, spend less than you make and do it for a long time. 3 Levers: What you make, what you spend, and what you do with the difference.
#14 High Five (Encouragement): Encouraging others benefits the giver as much as the recipient.
#15 Building Block Two The Most Powerful Force In The Universe: The power of compounding. Start early – once the opportunity is missed, it’s gone forever.
#16 Listen To Your Mother: A great summary of top advice numerous authors received from their Mom’s (in honor of Mother’s Day).
#17 Dogs, Cats & Pygmy Goats: How pets add joy to life, and enhance retirement.
#18 Learn From Those Who Have Gone Before: Learn from others who have gone before you, and teach those who follow in your wake.
#19 Mortality: 7 lessons I learned from my brother-in-laws premature death.
#20 Building Block Three: The Net Worth Statement: Why you must track your net worth.
#21 Car College – Podcasts: The value of podcasts, and a list of my favorite ones.
#22 Life At Full Throttle: How a train station is a good analogy for life.
#23 No One Has Ever Become Poor By Giving: Anne Frank, The holicost, and sacrificial giving.
#24 Building Block Four: Asset Allocation: Where should I put my money? A description of various asset classes, and the sequence in which you should invest.
#25 When Can I Retire? Step 1 – Spending: How to project how much you’ll spend in retirement, the first step in determining when you can retire.
#26 When At Work, WORK!: As you near retirement, don’t drift. Take personal responsibility.
#27 Will You Be Forced To Retire Early? (Chances are “Yes”): A study in USA Today reports 60% of Americans retire earlier than planned. Do you have a Plan B?
#28 When Can I Retire? Step 2 – Income: Part 2 of the series, focused on how much income you can realistic expect to achieve in retirement from all sources.
#29 Take Time To Say Thank You: I went to Montreal this week, with the primary purpose of taking time to recognize the retirement of a good friend.
#30 Shower Them In Love: A most unusual wedding gift, a most unusual shower.
#31 Have You Got 5 Minutes?: Relationships should be our priority, not money.
#32 When Can I Retire? Step 3 – The Contingency Plan: Part 3 of the series, focused on identifying potential risks to your retirement plan, and building them in to your cash flow.
#33 A Bench In The Woods: A description of my respite.
#34 What’s In Your Bucket?: Build a bucket list for all facets of your life, not just travel.
#35 What Me, Worry?: 10 practical tips to minimize worry in your retirement.
#36 When Can I Retire? (Putting It All Together): The final article in the series, with methodology to determine when you can target your retirement date.
#37 Enjoy YOUR Independence Day: Celebrate your Financial Independence Day.
#38 Top 5 Regrets People Have On Their Deathbeds: A pallative care nurse outlines top common regrets. I give advice on how to avoid them in your own life.
#39 Not My Circus, Not My Monkey: Identify what you’re responsible for, and take ownership. Don’t waste time on things you can’t control.
#40 The Purpose Of Life Is A Life Of Purpose: The purpose of The Retirement Manifesto.
SPECIAL EDITION – INTERVIEW: Radio interview with Jason Parker of Sound Retirement Radio, in which Fritz Gilbert outlines the purpose behind The Retirement Manifesto.
#41 7 Signs You’re On The Road To A Great Retirement: 7 simple tests to determine if you’re on track to a great retirement.
#42 The Best 5 Articles I’ve Read This Week: Compliation of good articles on personal finance.
#43 When Is Enough….Enough? Define your “enough”, don’t get stuck on the treadmill.
#44 How I Made $2,000 In One Hour: Shop your insurance, it will save you a lot of money.
#45 The Millionaire Next Door: Lessons you should learn from wealth builders.
#46 Mental Sovereignty: Make up your own mind, avoid the noise.
#47 Downsizing – Our Retirement Strategy: A review of our personal downsizing plans, including how we determined the target purchase price for our downsized home.
#48 5 Lessons On Attitude From A 92 Year Old: Examples of people who have made a decision to be content. Chose for yourself – it’s your life.
#49 Why Don’t Americans Save String? A comparison between the savings habits of The United States and China, where strong motivation drives the Chinese to a 30% savings rate.