First I will check out Spain, where I hung out when I was a graduate student. Yes, I am The New Smugs. I have options in how I live, spend my money and continue to figure out how not to take crap from anyone.
We are the ones who came back from financial catastrophe and have no sympathy for those of any generation who can't also pull that off. Here is my sad story from the turn of the century Download Geezerguts. That was then.
Now my communications boutique specializing in executive communications has more assignments that I can handle. Not the managerial type, I can hold off so far in hiring help. After all, how much money do I need to make?
Like many The New Smugs I have learned to simplify my life. That includes cutting fixed expenses to that of a monk in Tibet. Like Matt Drudge when he started out, I bunk in a studio apartment. My car is a compact. It wasn't easy but I made the decision to pull up roots from the increasingly pricey Northeast and parachute into my new more affordable lifestyle in the Southwest.
The best payoff from pulling it together financially is that none of us have to put up with anyone. Not in business. Not is social life. Having been to hell and back, we also know how to push-back on the clueless who dare play with us. That Life Genius comes only from suffering.
Don't approach us with your problems. We will pitch in and help with the solution you are trying out.