The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Biographies Edition

Lately, I’ve been reading biographies by the pound. I’m particularly interested in biographies of people who were involved in creating the modern world: Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, and the like.

I have this endless fascination for the first half of the twentieth century and the people who lived in that time.

How to Remember a Person’s Name (and What to Do When You Can’t) This is a valuable set of tactics to have when you’re active in a community. There can be a lot of names you need to remember. (@ art of manliness)

The Biggest Myth — It’s Selfish To Try to Be Happier. “One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.” I find that if I don’t feel happy, if I consistently act happy, my mood eventually elevates. The people around me seem happier, too, so there’s a self-reinforcing thing going on. (@ happiness project)

Breaking Free from Consumerist Chains It’s so easy to fall into a routine of buying things that you don’t really need. Breaking free of that routine is hard, but it’s quite doable. (@ zen habits)

Becoming a Millionaire – A Real-Life Example All you have to do is invest a small amount regularly and be patient. Riches will come. The thing many people don’t have is patience. (@ free money finance)

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  1. Ginger says:

    Thanks for including the “How to remember a persons name and what to do when you can’t”. I am horrible at remembering people’s names and have gotten used to using tricks to get around it but I should try to get better at it.

  2. valleycat1 says:

    I’ve gotten some better at attaching names to faces, but if I don’t, I just admit to recognizing them but not being able to recall their name at that moment – & if they haven’t called me by name either, I re-introduce myself.

    One of our local medical clinics has a huge clientele, & the doctor in charge of it remembers everyone (name & some personal details), even outside the clinic setting. It’s truly amazing.

    The link to the lifehack article doesn’t work, but an online search by the title will pull it up.

  3. Cheryl says:

    My psych professor knew the names of the whole class at the end of the first class period. Years later I met him on the street and he greeted me by name. I was amazed.

  4. Angie says:

    as valleycat1 already said, the lifehack link doesn’t work.

  5. kristine says:

    I know it is not from the same time period, but if you want history changers, try Richard Feynman’s “The Meaning of it All”. Not to be confused with Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life”.

  6. Mary says:

    Tried to click on the link about How to Sell Yourself on Change I think it’s called…keep getting “oops, can’t find the page” message. Was hoping to read it because our finances have taken a horrific tumble due to no work and the change is frightening for me.

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