Why we think that no one wants to work anymore

The current ongoing staffing and labor shortages lead some to assume that no one wants to work anymore, but the reality is much more damning. … Read More

Why I don’t have to lie anymore

One surprising benefit of being able to help people through their own money struggles is that I don’t need to lie anymore in my work. I was recently in a meeting for financial coaches in private practice, and one those … Read MoreRead More

Freed from the golden handcuffs: the surprising joy of being laid-off

Anyone can feel like they have golden handcuffs even if they don’t make a lot of money. But breaking free can give you surprising relief. There is a lot to be unhappy about right now. Rampant injustice, an economy that … Read MoreRead More


Why a new job might be best treated as an emergency

I just got a new job! (Don’t worry, I’m not shutting down this site.) Getting a new job is an exciting and terrifying time, one of the big life transitions. As it’s not a stretch to say that we spend … Read MoreRead More

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How to lie with numbers: How many hours can you work?

One might argue that numbers are apolitical. I mean, how do you spin the number 4? How do you argue about it? Whether to close the top loop or keep it open? There’s not much there. Unfortunately, numbers can be … Read MoreRead More

How entering the job market during a downturn is like a disability

  Media likes to talk about “Millennials“. And there’s nothing that is said about them that isn’t a total contradiction. Are they slackers who just want to pursue their dreams without having to pay any dues? Or are they all … Read MoreRead More

Me as a remote worker, or how I became spatially independent

  I’ve talked before about how the phrase “location independence” is actually two different situations that are often confused: spatial independence (being anywhere) and temporal independence (being, um, “anywhen”?) I believe that it’s much easier to transition to spatial independence … Read MoreRead More

What do people really mean by location independence?

  A few years ago, I performed a feat of employee jiu jitsu: I was able to convince my boss to let me start working from across the country. Like many people, I first heard about the idea of “location … Read MoreRead More

Reminder: Everyone is a fraud

  One of my first jobs was working for a (now-defunct) department store. I was assigned to the warehouse, when I would be in charge of retrieving items from the shelves and bringing them to the cashier or to people’s … Read MoreRead More

Your fear is someone’s security (and vice versa)

  I was engaged in a conversation about guns. On one side, the need for owning guns to protect oneself and one’s family seemed unassailable. On the other side, horror. On one side, the importance of safe, responsible gun ownership, … Read MoreRead More