The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 27, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine.

One Year Ago (March 21 – March 27, 2009)
A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Big Goals Achievable Setting big, audacious goals is a key part of personal finance and career success. Here’s how to set them right and make them work.

Splurges, Habits, and Projection You are not the person on television or in the magazine ad. That person isn’t real. They’re created to make you empathize and thus want the product – nothing more, nothing less.

Starting Your Career Right: Finding a Great Mentor in College I had a few great mentors in college who really set me on my first career path. Without them, I would have floundered.

Most Time Management Is Rubbish. Here Are Ten Things That Work for Me. These things still work well for me. Without these tactics, I would have a hard time getting all of the stuff done that I need to do.

Fake It ’til You Make It? I generally think this is a bad idea. I’ve seen “faking it” backfire badly on an awful lot of people.

Two Years Ago (March 21 – March 27, 2008)
Ten Techniques to Take Control of Your Own Destiny at Work The more control you have over your own destiny, the higher your earning potential is and the less stressful your job is.

Is Success a Choice? It definitely is, to an extent, of course. Sometimes life whacks us in the head, but outside of that, we definitely choose to succeed or to fail.

Cosmetic Surgery as Investment Cosmetic surgery is an attempt to buy self-confidence, something that I don’t think is purchaseable.

Does Most Financial Information Keep the Middle Class in Their Place? I think different rules apply to life if you have a substantial bankroll. You can take risks that you couldn’t otherwise take.

The Value of Getting Organized Being organized with your money and your personal information is a key part of financial success.

Three Years Ago (March 21 – March 27, 2007)
The Proper Care and Feeding of a Pocket Expense Notebook Keeping an expense notebook in your pocket is a great way to get a grip on how you’re spending money.

17 Essential Tips For Getting That Dream Job If you have a job that you dream of, the only way you’ll get there is by chasing it.

Lessons From Off The Grid: Important Personal Finance Lessons My Childhood Taught Me I grew up poor, but the lessons I learned during those years resonate still with me.

Personal Finance 101: What Is A Mutual Fund? This is a question I’ve been asked many, many times by readers.

If you’d like to browse through more of the archives, visit the chronology, where all posts are listed in chronological order.

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