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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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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 MSNBC.com).  […]

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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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Making Money Online – Pat Flynn Interview

At a time when “job security” has become an oxymoron, wouldn’t it be nice to generate some income apart from your 9-to-5 job, especially if it didn’t take a ton of time?  And what if that other source of income could be done from home, didn’t require you to hit up your friends and neighbors […]

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The Art of Simple Living

Not long ago, a friend went through his closet and gave away literally half of his clothes. Rather than missing the items, he said life felt less complicated. Instead of feeling deprived, he felt freed up. Jane Hammerslough, author of Dematerializing: Taming the Power of Possessions, describes how a roof repair gone wrong forced her […]

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