Go ahead, make my day…

Self portrait

Or maybe Clint Eastwood

One of the odd things about blogging is it’s like talking to yourself. Those who choose to comment are a tiny minority, but fortunately I get some wonderful feedback occasionally. Keeps me motivated.

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  1. David ATL says:

    Hi Jim, I am yet another that has found you through MMM.

    Last week I started reading my way through your blog this past week. I appreciate the perspective of someone who discovered and executive this path about two decades before me.

    Sorry to nitpick but having returned from a business trip to Bogota yesterday, I could not hold off from making one request: unless your friend Dave is from the capital of South Carolina, please correct the spelling of this great country to “Colombia”. I’m sure Dave will appreciate it, as will anyone you meet in your trips to South America.

    Bien viaje!

    • McC.Alexander says:

      “I appreciate the perspective of someone who discovered and executive this path about two decades before me.”

      David I think you meant “executed”? I had to nitpick because I loved the irony!

      Hope you enjoyed trip (I know, I know, I’m 3 years late with that)

  2. Hi Jim,

    I like what you have to say and would love to help you go viral. My current focus in life is supporting people to let go of their emotional baggage so they can have better relationships and live into a magical life. Which you are evidently doing — living life on your terms.

    The biggest group of people that I communicate are those going through divorce.

    One of the big challenges of divorce and even retirement is being able to live life on less money. I would love to share your perspective with my readers to give them an idea of how to do it differently. I think it is part of changing our mindset (what you offer) and letting go of the fear of not having enough (what I offer).

    I have just wrtiten a book Divine Divorce (the hard way and it will be a very good book) and I am learning their is an easy way. In the future I will take the easy way. So I encourage you keep writing and take the easy way.


    • jlcollinsnh says:

      Welcome Jacque….

      Thanks for stopping by. Good to hear you like what you are reading here. By all means, feel free to share it with your readers.

      I just got back from poking around your blog. Good stuff on an important subject. Money and post-divorce life are certainly closely linked. Thanks for including the link. Great site.

      Congratulations on the book! Cool beans!

      and I’m intrigued with your speaking. that’s something I’ve done in the past related mostly to sales and business topics. It is something I’ve been considering offering again tied to the blog topics. Is it a big part of your business?

      Hugs to you, too!


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  4. Rodent says:

    Great blog! I found you through MMM whom in turn I found via ERE. I especially enjoyed your series on investing and I’ve forwarded it to a couple friends.

  5. Mike says:

    Nice to see a fellow English major pulling their weight…

  6. Interesting stories…..enjoy hearing them. I’m currently faced with the prospect of purchasing fractional ownership of property from a friend – basically a month a year – but need to listen to the hard realities of what can happen before plunging in. Love your imagery and stories. Keep it going!

  7. jlcollinsnh says:

    Hello Panos, and welcome.

    while I appreciate your comment I’m not sure I entirely understand it. Unless perhaps you are referring to my last line in this post?:

    “As individuals we only have one obligation to society: To make sure we, and our children, are not a burden to others. The rest is our personal choice.”


    If that is the case, to answer your question, what I propose is that each individual has the right to live his life however he chooses regardless of what others think and that no one and no society has the right to compel him to do otherwise. Even if that choice is to sit and fish all day.

    Societies that choose to compel their people in a certain direction, no matter how noble it may seem, set upon an evil path.

    This is not to suggest that all people should or will choose to sit and fish all day. Humans tend to be more driven than that. But I would suggest that “contributing” is in itself not something we should set on a pedestal:

    “I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my country.”
    Pol Pot

    “I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.”
    Adolf Hitler

  8. Panos Regoukos says:

    Well, this fisherman who make us admire his thought, is an egoistic and ego centered person, who is useful only to him shelf and totally usefulness for the other people . Because, the purpose of life is not sitting and fishing all the time but contributing to the society. It is different to become a fisherman AFTER doing business, thus giving to society, than being in the first place. At last, what do you propose? To sit and fish all day, without any interest in other people, without the obligation to contribute?

    • Rodent says:

      Panos, you seem to have a European attitude. As a long time immigrant in the US from Europe I can tell you that I used to think the same way. What I think now is society should not compel anyone to do anything if it does no harm. If there is societal pressure to do “good” then the act of doing that “good” loses the heart part – it’s not genuine. A financially independent person has a lot of free time which can be put to very direct good.

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