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Brandon has been retired for three years and writes about his experience on the blog "The Mad Fientist."

A man who retired at 34 says it took him 3 years to stop obsessing over money and start tracking something even more important: his habits

Brandon, aka the "Mad Fientist," is a former software developer who achieved financial independence and early retirement at age 34.

The same question that can chart a path to early retirement is the one Warren Buffett used to build Berkshire Hathaway into a powerhouse

Inversion is a mental model that involves flipping your outlook to prevent the opposite of what you want to happen from happening. Warren Buffett used it to make Berkshire Hathaway successful.
No one ever hit a goal just by planning.

Too many people who want to break their bad habits fool themselves into thinking it’s working thanks to a common mental disconnect

To achieve a tough goal, at some point you'll need to stop planning and start doing. That might mean getting over the fear of failure.
Stop trying to project yourself into the future.

There’s a good reason people don’t exercise enough, eat healthy, or save for retirement, and a straightforward strategy can help them star...

Want to exercise more, eat better, and save for retirement? Punish yourself for bad habits immediately, instead of waiting for future consequences.
But it's not all bad news.

There’s an easy strategy to start breaking your worst habits for 2019, and its opposite can help you build the good habits you want

If you're aiming for health and happiness in the new year, you'll want to make your bad habits harder to do — and your good ones easier.
Be a better version of you.

I’m borrowing a simple strategy from a productivity expert to be healthier in 2019

Success comes down to working toward a new, healthier identity, writes productivity expert James Clear in "Atomic Habits."

The ‘2-minute rule’ is the simplest way to make progress on your toughest goals

When you're working toward a goal or a new habit, start by doing the quickest and easiest action possible, says productivity expert James Clear.
Soak it all in.

7 smart pieces of advice on life and work successful people shared this year

Good life advice can be hard to come by. In the last 12 months, we heard lots of it, from experts on relationships, careers, and productivity.
This is why we're always jumping from one workout to the next.

The biggest threat to success isn’t failure — it’s something much harder to beat

When you're bored with good habits you've been practicing for a while, it can be hard to stick with them. Is the solution a "variable reward" system?
Get rid of temptation.

The most ‘disciplined’ people don’t have more self-control than you — they just make a different daily choice

People who seem to have a lot of self discipline are really just better at controlling their environment so it's free of potential temptations.