Tag Archives | Purpose


The Purpose of Money

Early in my journey of learning about money, I noticed a very odd disconnect. On the one hand, it was obvious that there’s a ton of personal finance advice readily available. Search on any financial question and within seconds you can find answers. And yet, lots of people struggle with money. Why is that? With […]

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Profitable Ideas: Picturing Our Fascination With Wealth, Better Ways to Measure Your Life, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Getting to the bottom of Americans’ fascination with wealth (The Atlantic). Twenty-five years’ worth of photos tell quite a story. Science says this one thing in your LinkedIn profile will make or break your chances of getting hired […]

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Finding Meaning In Our Work

In the opening scene from the movie About Schmidt, Warren Schmidt, played by Jack Nicholson, is staring at a clock on the wall of his office, counting down the minutes until his final day at work will be over and his retirement will begin. He has spent his career working as an actuary for an […]

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The Light of the World

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. – Luke 2:16-18 A few […]

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Living a Better Financial Story

In Donald Miller’s book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, he tells a powerful story he calls, “How Jason Saved His Family.” After returning from Los Angeles, where he took part in a storytelling workshop, Don got together with his friend, Jason, and learned of some trouble Jason and his wife were having with […]

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Simple, Meaningful Success

If you’re reading these words, once upon a time you subscribed to this blog. But that may have been several years ago, so I’ll understand if you don’t remember! I stopped adding new content in the spring of 2012 when I joined the staff of Sound Mind Investing. I’m still with SMI and loving it. […]

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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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Money Lessons From a Long Run

My wife and I recently ran the 13-mile Chicago half marathon.  For us, it was the accomplishment of a very challenging goal.  Over the past 10 years, we had never run anywhere close to that distance. As we trained for the event, I noticed a lot of similarities with pursuing a tough financial goal like […]

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