• Life,  Work

    Bonus week

    This week is BONUS week, OH YEAH – what this means is we finally learn of our reward for all the hard work and efforts of the previous financial year. When our employer looks at us in the eye, smiles a fatherly smile and whispers “you are valued”. YEAH RIGHT, PULL THE OTHER ONE SONNY. When I first started my career, people kept on repeating to me the mantra that the “bonus” is what you worked for, a big fat pot of gold handed over to you at the end of the year. I soon realised that the word “bonus” was prefixed by the word “discretionary”. Discretionary means your employer’s…

  • Life,  Real Estate,  Work

    “$1.2 million in the bank”

    “$1.2 million” “Say what?” “I made $1.2 million” So went partially the conversation with my colleague at work today – a big hulking Eastern European straight out of the KGB Academy for big hulking Eastern Europeans. Of course, anyone who tells you they made $1.2 million deserves some attention, in fact I would have paid attention to whatever he was saying. 4 years ago he tells me, he purchased a property to live in with his newly married wife. At the start of the Sydney boom, he decided to knock down the run down dwelling and develop a 5 bedroom mansion on the same block.  The sale went through last…

  • Life,  Work

    Let’s Do It!

    Do what you ask? Doing you! What do you mean doing you? Here, let me explain. Growing up we all had the belief (well I did anyway) that if you go to a good school, get good grades, get into a good uni, get a good job, you get a good career, find a good wo/man, get a good marriage…you get the point. In my mid-20s I realized this was a fallacy.  My friends were mostly in very high paying jobs and in very high status vocations yet I look at them and all I see are sheep. Not because they are warm and fuzzy and need a good shave…