The Sunday Sharies: Volume 25

Sunday Scaries (n): The Sunday evening dread that creeps in when anticipating work in the morning.

Shut down Sunday Scaries with this series: Sunday Sharies! These are the articles, links, and content I’ve read this week that I think are worth sharing.

FIRE Articles

Fighting The Innate Urge To Chase Prestige (Financial Panther)

But I think prestige can often leave us feeling trapped […] That’s why I’ve chosen to do my best not to care about prestige at all! I live in a non-prestigious neighborhood. I work a non-prestigious job now. And I do all sorts of dumb side hustles that are definitely the opposite of prestigious.

Retire Early Without Harming Others // A Hard Look at FIRE and Racial Inequality (Our Next Life)

I can’t speak for you, only for myself, but I know that I never want to get richer because someone else is becoming worse off. It’s why I started the petition years ago, after the Parkland shooting, to get Vanguard to offer gun-free index funds, because I’m not interested in profiting off the murder of children. That’s an extreme example, of course, but there are many ways large and small that we can profit off the misfortune or mistreatment of others. I’d always rather know about those ways so I can make the most clear-eyed choices possible, and truly understand the consequences of my actions (or inaction). If you approach your decisions the same way, then keep reading. This post is for you.

Starting a New Job in a Global Pandemic Might Be the Best Thing That’s Happened to My Career (Champagne and Capital Gains)

There’s plenty to get down about right now, but hopefully this list gives you a few ideas of how the pandemic could benefit you if you’re in a newer job, you’re looking for a job, or even if you’ve been with your company for years! Take advantage of the silver linings where you can.

Negotiating Pay Effectively: Why I Turned Down a $175K Salary (Tic Toc Life)

In 2012, my earnings rang in at whopping $58K as I ramped my consulting agency up to become my job. I left around $120K on the table that year.

And I couldn’t be happier that I said no.

I was building a life, I’d work on the savings afterward.

Finance Articles

Financial Instability is a Mental Health Crisis (Medium – Tahirah Alexander Green)

Therapists can help people learn how to treat financial trauma as they would other stressors. Mental health providers taught me grounding techniques and breathing exercises — tools I now use when I become trapped in worry about money.

Miscellaneous Articles

We Condemn All Institutional Racism Except Our Own (McSweeneys)

Our surrounding community is taking notice of how far we’ve come. And it’s no wonder. Students and faculty take a strong interest in Black members of our campus family — asking them questions like “Do you go here,” “Do you play football,” and “Does Admissions still use affirmative action?” Our attentive staff, from campus police to brochure photographers, is keen to follow their every move. Most impressively, we’re so adept at preparing our non-white students for real-world success that they keep leaving early.

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  1. Thank you for highlighting our post. We like that one a lot too. It has been enjoyable to recap our history and share our pathway. We hope that others find it entertaining and motivating to reach their FIRE goals.

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