Rockstar Rumble, Round 2, Posts 9-16

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Here are the latest games in the second round of the 2018 Rockstar Rumble.

We’ve listed each “game” (one post versus another) along with wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. Also listed is a keyword after each post title to make it easy to vote. Be sure to vote for your favorites since you will help determine the winner!

Criteria for the best article is what makes Rockstar content which includes these factors:

  • Starts with an interesting title
  • Includes unique content — we like posts that are edgy, feisty, funny, failure-focused, and super helpful
  • Easy to read
  • Positive/uplifting (vs. negative)

The voting will run for 48 hours. At that point, a winner will be named and will advance. You can follow the results in the brackets here. Please note, there is ONE VOTE PER PERSON.

To be sure you see all games, click on the Rumble category link and scroll down.

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Here are today’s games:


  • The Original Dirtbag (Dirtbag) – This post is great because it explains how the lifestyle of a relatively obscure climber relates to money. The numbers behind what to do with your money have been written about 20 times over, but posts like this that relate financial independence to other parts of life and pop-culture help bring new followers into the community. The more you can draw links between the FI lifestyle and other parts of life, the more people you will convert!


  • Avoid the Prisons That Incarcerate Your Soul (Soul) – What is more valuable than your soul? There is a picture in this article that shows you how to escape the prisons incarcerating your soul, and run free toward your deepest dreams in life.

Round 2, Game 5: Dirtbag vs. Soul

  • Soul (54%, 51 Votes)
  • Dirtbag (46%, 44 Votes)

Total Voters: 95

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  • The Final Words Of A Dying Man (Final) – While so many of us chase short term goals in life, it’s important to pause and appreciate someone who demonstrated a special quality with his life. Jim was that man, and his final words were just another example of why his life was so unique. We should all learn from Jim – he deserves that.

Round 2, Game 6: Ladder vs. Final

  • Final (71%, 55 Votes)
  • Ladder (29%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 78

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  • My 15-year Journey from $0 in Net Worth to Achieving Financial Independence (Journey) – My post tells my personal story of my accidental 15-year march towards FI. It shows how even normal people (like myself) who follow the simple textbook principles can achieve financial independence and retire early in just 15 years out of high school, if they just play the “frugal hacking” game right. People today are in debt and working until 65-70, when they really should be figuring out how to live modestly and retire before 30. This post shows the reader (you) the powerful and magical consequences of living a simple lifestyle at a 70%+ savings rate, and what it can do for you and your life. Are you ready to get frugal hacking?


  • How My Dad Finally Got Me to Read Investing Books (Dad) – This post dives into how much you should help your kids financially, and features a creative idea my dad came up with to encourage me to read difficult investing books. He offered a $100 bribe for each completed book plus a written report detailing what I had learned.

Round 2, Game 7: Journey vs. Dad

  • Dad (77%, 105 Votes)
  • Journey (23%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 136

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  • Why You Should Invest, Even In Peak Markets (Peak) – As the market continues to rise to new heights and higher valuations, many are wondering if it is best to “wait for a crash”. But if you’re investing in for the long-term, this post outlines why you’re better off getting your money in the market today, even if this might really be the peak!


  • Buy vs Rent is the Wrong Question (Wrong) – So often the debate is housing is a simple either-or. You’re either pro renting or pro buying. You might be for laying down the mortgage or not. In this post I go through a variation of house hacking that goes beyond the typical options, and illustrates some ways for anyone to live better and make more money.

Round 2, Game 8: Peak vs. Wrong

  • Peak (78%, 83 Votes)
  • Wrong (22%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 106

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1 thought on “Rockstar Rumble, Round 2, Posts 9-16”

  1. This round is now over and voting has closed.

    The winners are:


    The brackets will be updated to reflect these results.

    Thanks to all for playing and voting. Congrats to the winners!

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