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Profitable Ideas: 7 Financial Concepts You Should Know, A New Way to Recycle Your Christmas Tree, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Seven ideas (Humble Dollar). Personal finance knowledge everyone should have. Dismantling my dreams, one brick at a time (Slate). All those home renovation shows make it look so easy. But one couple found out it’s much tougher than it looks […]

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Seeing Your Goals Through

On October 2nd, I went public with my goal to run a five-mile “turkey trot” in mid November. At the time, I said I really didn’t want to do it. While I had been running regularly, I wasn’t running five miles and that distance felt like a stretch. In fact, in the week leading up to […]

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Learning How to Take Time Off

With Memorial Day coming up, I hope you — and I — will dedicate some time over the weekend to reflect on and give thanks for those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. And if your employer gives you a day off, I hope you take it. We Americans are good at […]

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What’s Your ‘One Great Thing’?

How would you answer the following questions? What could you be the best in the world at? What are you deeply passionate about? What drives your economic engine?  What single denominator has the greatest impact on your finances? At the intersection of your answers is your “hedgehog concept,” which is one of the key ideas […]

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Profitable Ideas: Don’t Try to Time the Market, Finding Meaning in Your Work, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. What if you were the world’s best market timer? (The Irrelevant Investor). Fortunately, you don’t have to achieve the impossible. Why we can’t stop torturing ourselves with 401(k) wreckage (Bloomberg). With this type of wreck, it’s okay to […]

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Money Round-Up: Good Career Management E-Mail Practices, Keeping Your Kids Busy on the Cheap, and More

There are tons of great personal finance articles on the web.  Every week, I wade through many of them in search of the best of the best.  Here’s my latest highly subjective top 10 list, with 5 from traditional sites and 5 from blogs. Recall! E-Mail Habits That Could Cost You At Work (via  […]

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The 4-Hour Workweek: A Review

Tim Ferriss has become a sensation.  His book, “The 4-Hour Workweek,” popularized the term “lifestyle design” and crowned him the leading practitioner. Apparently, he makes a great living working very few hours while traveling the world. What’s the secret to such a life?  Can it be taught to the masses?  And is it a life […]

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Recession Lessons: What Have You Learned?

Economists say the recession ended in June of 2009.  But that doesn’t seem to be the word on the street.  Many people I meet in workshops and through this blog are clearly still feeling the effects of the recession. A Shared Experience Some are still out of work. Some who are employed are fearful about […]

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I Want The Red One

On a nice summer evening after dinner recently, our two-year-old was in our backyard working a blue Hula-Hoop with a level of skill far beyond her years.  Her face was the very definition of joy. But then it all took a very sudden turn for the worse. Her five-year-old brother had gone into the garage […]

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Two Essential Steps For Finding a New Job

Are you out of work or looking for a better job?  Executive transition coach Gordon Curtis recommends that you concentrate and connect.  Curtis, author of the book Well Connected, says it’s easy to believe that sending out lots of résumés will improve your odds of success, but that’s a mistake. Aim For The Job And […]

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