Updated on 08.10.10

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Audiobook Edition

Trent Hamm

Quite a few people have requested an audio version of my recent book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams. You’re in luck. The audio book is now available for download via Amazon or you can sign up for an Audible.com membership and get it at a discounted rate. Alternately, if you’re already an Audible member, you can download it there. Stefan Rudnicki did a great job with the reading (in my opinion) – he’s won 11 Audie awards from the Audio Publishers Association for his excellent work over a broad scope of audiobooks.

Anyway, on with some interesting articles I’ve read recently.

Negativity: A Motivation Killer I’m coming around to the belief that negativity is the absolute biggest opponent people have for individual success. Negativity does nothing but hold you back. (@ pick the brain)

US recession changes spending priorities, doesn’t reduce spending “As a nation, we’re not really cutting back, we’re just giving the outward impression that we are.” In the end, it’s still all about what other people think for an awful lot of people. Success comes from within, not from without. (@ unclutterer)

If You Don’t Ask, The Answer is Always No I agree when it comes to people you’ll never have to socially interact with in the future. The problem is introduced when you’ll have to be around these people in the future, in which case it makes sense (to me) to tread more carefully. (@ man vs. debt)

Stopping Shopping Momentum My solution to this is to focus much more heavily on the “choosing” rather than the actual “buying.” (@ get rich slowly)

What Will Retirement Look Like for Younger Generations? I think the traditional definition of “retire and sit in the Barcalounger at age 65” is dying, if not already dead. (@ frugal dad)

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  1. Kevin says:

    re the Unclutterer article, you state: “In the end, it’s still all about what other people think for an awful lot of people. Success comes from within, not from without.”

    This seems completely at odds with the article; a direct quote:

    “From a simple living perspective, I have mixed feelings about this report. I’m encouraged that the personal consumption increases seem to be on things that bring people together — communication, food, and caring for the people you love (child care, education, health care).”

    How did you conclude that people are increasing their spending on things that influence “what other people think?”

    Also from the article: “During this recession, it’s not that consumers have stopped buying, it’s that they have stopped buying large, conspicuous, luxury goods, and have instead bought smaller, less flashy items.”

    I can’t figure out how you came up with the summary you provided.

  2. Christina Perez says:

    Regarding the article on negativity and it’s suggestion that watching the news was not a help to develop a positive outlook: I have always felt it WAS important to know of disasters both near and far as it presents the fact that many people are in fact WAY worse off than you. It develops gratefulness for what you do have. I have always used it as a way to teach my children
    our responsiblity to share our good fortune with others who are hurting at the time. For example the coverage of the Haiti crisis caused us to pack and send 3 Hope for Haiti buckets to Haiti
    through our church. We sponsor orphans in Africa and Honduras. When there was a tornado in our town, we went out and help people with clean up.
    If you use the news to look for ways to impact the world you feel empowered, not negative. To ignore the suffering of others so you don’t feel bad about it is to miss the oppertunity to reach out with hope to others and just hide your head in the sand.

  3. Debbie Levy says:

    Read your post about dry beans in Trent the Simple. I grew up on dry beans, I watched my mom make beans every week. You forgot to tell people to pick through the beans for rocks. Putting them in a collander to rinse would not work to get the rocks out of the beans. You could easily chomp down on a rock and get a broken tooth and any money you saved by using dry beans would be long gone to the dentist for a new crown. Look on any package of beans and it will tell you to pick out the rocks and other debris. :)

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