I grew up in a Navy family where I learned integrity, economy, and the value of work. I’m an Eagle Scout, and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. Soon after college I discovered personal computers, and got in on the ground floor of that revolution.
I started my own software company, which I eventually sold to Haestad Methods — a pioneer in numerical modeling for PC’s. Haestad Methods eventually sold to Bentley Systems — a global leader in architecture and engineering software. I retired from Bentley in the Spring of 2011 after 29 years of programming, designing, and managing computer software.
I began serious saving and investing in my mid-30’s, and retired at age 50. I’m not a dot-com millionaire. And I didn’t become financially independent by flipping real estate or trading hot stocks. I did it the traditional way: hard work, frugality, prudent investing, and patience.
I’m an engineer, not a salesperson or a financial advisor. When it comes to personal finance, my top priorities are simplicity, reliability, and safety. Now my mission is to help others become financially independent, as I did, through my writing about personal finance.
I’m still in love with my wife of 30+ years, and I have a wonderful son who is an amazing engineer and artist!
Here is more of my story, and how it relates to personal finance: How I Retired Early.
And some frequently asked questions about: My Finances.
And, some of my other writing: Darrow Kirkpatrick Blog.
Here is what I value, in life, and at CanIRetireYet.com:
- Putting others first
- Telling the truth, kindly
- Giving more than getting
- Living simply, using less
- Experimenting, iterating
- Working smarter
- Being present, cultivating equanimity
- Letting go, accepting change