I say that financial independence is bittersweet and you look at me with your jaw slack, your eyes questioning.  You scan to the top of my blog, and you see the words “personal finance,” and you’re wondering if I’ve gone slightly daffy. But then I point to my byline, personal finance with a twist, and continue on my belligerent rant.  I have said before that money is ...

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When I became interested in the financial markets many years ago, I spent many hours and days trying to devise ways to make money in the stock market. There are many ways that investors try to make money in the stock market, including:

  • Trying to find the next hot stock.
  • Finding a new trading strategy, based on charts or other strategies.
  • Picking the next hot fund manager.
  • Looking for an ...

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I did not enjoy dating.  It was not fun to figure out who liked me, who didn’t, how did the date go, should I call them, should they call me, how long should I wait, the anxiety of rejection ... the list goes on.  My husband and I knew each other for years, and although we did not start dating right away, things worked out. I met the love of ...

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High performers constantly struggle with the issue of time management. The more things you are good at, the more people who think you have talent, the more opportunities you are presented with, the harder time management becomes. In order to manage your time, you must first grasp one crucial concept: You cannot “manage time,” you can only manage yourself and how you take advantage of time. Time will march on no ...

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Basketball dreams I had one dream throughout childhood. (It certainly wasn’t to be a seven-figure failure!) To play basketball.  Now before you start to criticize me for my grandiosity, the goal was more simple.  I had no plans of playing in the NBA, or even college for that matter.  I had one simple goal-make my high school basketball team. Easy you say, right?  Well, the team was super competitive, and most of my ...

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I often speak on stages at conferences. I am often the only woman and sit on what some have called “manels.” I love to teach large groups, and I enjoy medical and leadership conferences. I used to take pride being “the only woman” on stage. Not anymore. For years I would be on panels, and I would be the only woman. Many times I was given the “case presentation.” The more serious panel ...

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My wife and I have befriended multiple people with struggling marriages.  Maybe this shouldn’t be a big surprise given the majority of marriages end in divorce.  That said, every time we end up with friends struggling in marriage, it never gets any less challenging.  Every single time we run into this challenge, I am reminded of some sage advice I received before I got married: “The three most common causes ...

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Given the current state of health care, I have imagined the following hypothetical conversation between a patient and a doctor: Patient: "Doctor, I've come to learn from reading somewhere that the current overarching goal in my care is for the signs and symptoms of my various conditions to be treated, but not the conditions or diseases themselves. Is this true?" Doctor: "Well, you know, I would love to treat those conditions and ...

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Doctors order a lot of tests. Let’s be clear, most of these tests are quite good and help with diagnosis and management. They can help hone down a wide differential diagnosis to a single diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, additional tests can help guide physicians on the best treatment. But there are some tests which are not necessary to order. In some scenarios, the next step in management (whether it be ...

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So physician burnout is real. Most physicians understand this because on any given day — we are living it: falling reimbursements, growing regulation, too little time with loved ones, pathetic sleep schedules and massive debt. And as The Physician Philosopher, MD, so aptly pointed out recently on KevinMD, finding our “why” can be part of the cure and our reason for getting up in the ...

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