Lessons from my biggest ever money mistake

I got scammed overseas, well. I was 24-years-old at the time, it was 17 years ago. It is still difficult to write about. I have never told anyone. The social sharing portions of the internet tends be more of a highlight reel than a realistic commentary. Not many of us are posting about our failures,…

Lessons from the Financial Independence (FI) community

What is our most precious resource? What would you go without in order to retire early? What things in life do you value above all else? What would you spend your time doing if you did not need to work? FIRE is a hot acronym right now. It stands for Financial Independence Retire Early, and…

Lessons from two weeks of matched betting

Do you like a punt? Imagine you could “gamble” on a guaranteed winner? Well with the process of matched betting, you actually can… with a bit of mucking around, organisation and attention to details. I dived into matched betting with enthusiasm and curiosity. I came out tired and drained. What does it look like when…

Lessons from buying shares inside my Super

Have you ever considered buying shares? Did you know that you (most likely) have plenty of money to do so? “Playing” the stock market with your Super funds is rad fun. It is simple to setup and it is a life experience completely riddled with lessons about money, risk, strategy, maths, business, psychology and recognising…

Lessons from my 40th in Vegas

Chances are that you have been to Vegas or that you want to go. Or that you have been and you want to go again. I was lucky enough (get it, “lucky”?) to head across to the fabulous gambling capital of the world for my 40th birthday with my lovely and understanding wife. She even…

Lessons from building our forever home

You should build a house. I can personally recommend the experience. Wow, it is a journey. An unpredictable roller coaster full of lessons both positive and negative. It is an adventure, a stress, a passion, a test, an accomplishment and eventually your own customised and intimately designed part of Australia. Before we get into my…

Lessons from a whole month without alcohol

I went dry this July for Dry July. Along with 43,017 other well-intentioned heroes. Two factors were key in deciding to go without the booze for 31 days. Firstly, I was into my second day of an epic red wine hangover. And secondly, we had a sincerely close friend battling cancer. “Sure,” I thought, “it’s…

Lessons from two hours on a yacht

The main lesson from my maiden voyage on a yacht recently is an easy one, I can quickly cut to the chase. I want to spend more time on yachts! Where have these glorious and magnificent beasts been all my life? Honestly, if you haven’t tried it yet, do it. Just contact your local yacht…