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by Scott 2
Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: A Jacob Mention
Replies: 125
Views: 6377

Re: A Jacob Mention

In my experience - the N+1, N+2, etc. conversations aren't feasible in an open online forum. They emerge from people with their feet on the ground, doing the thing, collaborating in person. New ideas can be disseminated and gain broader traction via a forum, but inherent limitations cause the medium...
by Scott 2
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Help Getting A Job Working Remotely
Replies: 14
Views: 431

Re: Help Getting A Job Working Remotely

I think you can use the SSCP as a feeder into CISSP. Security and audit work though... It's mostly meaningless checklists and powerless nagging, especially at junior levels. Our team members were always on site and the auditors often travelled to us for days at a time. What type of work do you want ...
by Scott 2
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: A Journey of Mindfulness--the Remaking of Life in Midstream.
Replies: 809
Views: 197737

Re: A Journey of Mindfulness--the Remaking of Life in Midstream.

Six weeks then! Having worked from home for 10 years, I wouldn't do it in your situation. It could quickly feel like living at work. I think you are making the right choice. Younger than you, but for the most part, I'm "not working right now, figuring out what's next". The word retirement ...
by Scott 2
Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:13 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: A Jacob Mention
Replies: 125
Views: 6377

Re: A Jacob Mention

Independent forums as a medium are dying. Centralized social media won the attention wars. Long form text exchange is fading into the past. IMO, any culture change is a reflection of that larger overall trend. Jacob's moderation style has been remarkably steady over the years. Nothing in his most re...
by Scott 2
Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Digital tools/hacks
Replies: 12
Views: 556

Re: Digital tools/hacks

Beyond compare is a tremendous productivity multiplier. One of my favorite work tools. Learning to diff effectively is right up there with being proficient in Excel.
by Scott 2
Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Digital tools/hacks
Replies: 12
Views: 556

Re: Digital tools/hacks

I've been very happy with the paid version of TickTick, a digital personal organizer:

https://ticktick.com/
https://ticktick.com/about/upgrade

Google calendar integration and recurring tasks have been killer features for me. I tried Habitica, but found the gamification created too much overhead.
by Scott 2
Mon Jun 14, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: What I Spend
Replies: 428
Views: 96314

Re: What I Spend

Some developments: 1. We returned to the gym. New COVID cases have slowed to a trickle and the vaccination rate is leveling off. Social pressure is making the decision for us, short of never leaving our home again. I was forced to concede my perspective on COVID does not align with the lifting envir...
by Scott 2
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Methods and examples of highly developed social capital
Replies: 85
Views: 4783

Re: Methods and examples of highly developed social capital

I still get the sense that sometimes it's best to approach in a more instantaneous sense where the payoff is the social interaction itself. For most introverts that means in modest doses. I heartily agree with this. I spent too long fighting my nature, faking extroversion, exhausting myself in hope...
by Scott 2
Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: How will you evaluate this job offer
Replies: 29
Views: 1699

Re: How will you evaluate this job offer

Best of luck. One thought - Rather than say no to additional responsibility, a manger is expected negotiate priorities and the resources to meet them. The game is to create needs, so you can grow your team, people, and personal power/influence. Not to say you are ready for all that on day one, but I...
by Scott 2
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Can I retire with 4 children?
Replies: 81
Views: 4007

Re: Can I retire with 4 children?

Your post reads like someone ready to take the next steps towards retirement. What's stopping you?
by Scott 2
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: How will you evaluate this job offer
Replies: 29
Views: 1699

Re: How will you evaluate this job offer

If Lead implies hiring and firing, your are moving into management. It is a career change. People and politics become your top priority.
by Scott 2
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Can I retire with 4 children?
Replies: 81
Views: 4007

Re: Can I retire with 4 children?

The easiest place to find part time employment may be your current employer. It's not an uncommon offer, especially if a good employee is leaving to spend more time with family. The core question is - Are you (and your wife!) comfortable retiring within the limits of your current net worth? Doing th...
by Scott 2
Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Can I retire with 4 children?
Replies: 81
Views: 4007

Re: Can I retire with 4 children?

Caveat - I do not have children or know anything about raising them. I did stop working this year, after extensive analysis. My personal family situation has been hit pretty hard with medical expenses, so I am sensitive to them. The biggest risks I see: 1. Many doctors view Medicaid patients as char...
by Scott 2
Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Methods and examples of highly developed social capital
Replies: 85
Views: 4783

Re: Methods and examples of highly developed social capital

I'd encourage framing this in the context of - "who is the person I want to be? what is the role I want to fill in my relationships? Is that a realistic need other people have?" Ideally that aligns with the person you are or enjoy being. The social capital emerges from a strong fit. Adopti...
by Scott 2
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: How will you evaluate this job offer
Replies: 29
Views: 1699

Re: How will you evaluate this job offer

Lead implies you'll be responsible for other people doing the work, likely with no authority over them. Is that true and something you want? If you say no, are you prepared to be left behind by your peers at the same company, or leave the company? It's unlikely another promotion opportunity arises i...
by Scott 2
Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: What I Spend
Replies: 428
Views: 96314

Re: What I Spend

May 2021 Total (Couple) - $2356 (excludes taxes) Taxes - $5,760.86 Groceries - $591.97 Pets/Pet Care - $518.21 Healthcare/Medical - $467.12 Home Maintenance - $260.00 Phone/Email - $201.84 Utilities - $155.30 Restaurants - $70.37 Video Games - $43.19 Streaming - $23.98 Automotive - $23.73 Property ...
by Scott 2
Thu May 27, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: A Journey of Mindfulness--the Remaking of Life in Midstream.
Replies: 809
Views: 197737

Re: A Journey of Mindfulness--the Remaking of Life in Midstream.

No longer being important was the most jarring part of my transition. I didn't think of myself that way. Remove it though, I definitely noticed. Completely unexpected. It was also immediately obvious my work relationships were entirely utilitarian. People I'd talked to multiple times a day, for 10 y...
by Scott 2
Thu May 27, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Digital Minimalism?
Replies: 45
Views: 3254

Re: Digital Minimalism?

The problem I have not entirely solved yet is what to do with my "too tired to do anything useful" moments. Have you read Newport's book Deep Work? He touches on this, arguing one can spend the entire day doing useful things, once you cut the aspects draining your energy. I'm not there. I...
by Scott 2
Thu May 27, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: A Journey of Mindfulness--the Remaking of Life in Midstream.
Replies: 809
Views: 197737

Re: A Journey of Mindfulness--the Remaking of Life in Midstream.

Thanks, those are criteria I considered. I have been watching inflation and SOR risk closely. I think there's been a "too big to fail" shift in how the economy is managed. I am counting on those risks becoming politically unbearable before they crush me. I became more willing to accept the...
by Scott 2
Thu May 27, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Digital Minimalism?
Replies: 45
Views: 3254

Re: Digital Minimalism?

I'm not an absolutist. I will still watch a video on youtube, if it helps further my goal, despite understanding their business model. Signal to noise has become a big concern. Video is my medium of last resort. Podcasts aren't too far behind. I used to constantly engage in both, especially from fre...