#50 50th Anniversary! The First 50 Articles

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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.

APRIL 2015:

#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.

MAY 2015:

#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.

JUNE 2015:

#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.

JULY 2015:

#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.

AUGUST 2015:

#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.



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  1. Thank you for posting this executive summary of your blogging history. I find it fascinating seeing and reading the evolution of your writing style. Each of the message clear and concise. Yet at the same time, the depth and breadth of your content evolved into a true professional writer.
    I’m looking forward to many more of your posts.

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