The Grumpus Book Review: Is This The Perfect Golden Albatross Book?

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OK, I’ve written two monster posts over the past two weeks, one of which I felt was a personal best.  The other covered an extremely complicated topic which required a lot of research and rewrites.  Even with all the scrutiny, Grumpus Brotherus The Younger still had to catch a few mistakes in the first published version of my last article.

(Quick segue: For all you fresh faced bloggers out there, it turns out this blogging thing is a lot harder than it looks.  Not only do you have to create awesome content, but you need to make it look appealing with stock photography; think up terribly witty [or plainly terrible] captions; hotlink references to your previous posts; and promote your persona and site on social media.  Admittedly I cannot keep that pace of work up alone, so I am taking on some easier subjects and topics until I find a blogging assistant.  I am interviewing for the job in case you are interested.  You can submit your resume in the form of a 1000 word essay at grumpusmaximus@grumpusmaximus.com.)

All two avid readers of this blog may remember that I already wrote a post in which I reviewed three books, two booklets, and one chapter of a book.  I billed them as the perfect combination of reading material to build one leg in that three-legged stool of Financial Independence (FI) knowledge.  However, some of you may have been hoping that I would review a book written specifically for a Golden Albatross situation.  But unless I wrote a book about the Golden Albatross, no book out there is going to address the situation by name since I made up the metaphor.  Yet, during my FI educational journey, I’ve read a book that described the situation, just not in so many words.  The book is  Messages From Your Future: The Seven Rules for Financial, Personal and Professional Success by Larry Faulkner.  My review is below.  Enjoy …

Is there more ink on this page or my arm?

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3 Books + 2 Booklets + 1 Chapter = Financial Independence (FI)

The two avid readers of this blog site (probably my parents —  Grumpus Maternus and Grumpus Paternus) might recall a mention in a previous post of my three-legged stool of Financial Independence (FI) knowledge.  They might also recall that I built that stable platform of knowledge through blogs, books, and podcasts.

Form, function, and finances

The first leg I discussed in-depth was blogs.  In this post, I am going to discuss books.  I am specifically going to discuss three books, two booklets, and one chapter that taken together would allow a person to plot a course to FI.  The beauty with this list is that it includes a different book for each of the different stages in that journey.  From those needing simply the motivation to start, to those ready to write retirement plans, create spreadsheets, and make investment moves.  There is a little bit of something in here for everyone. Continue reading 3 Books + 2 Booklets + 1 Chapter = Financial Independence (FI)