Updated on 03.03.10

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Free Teleclass Edition

Trent Hamm

I’m hosting a free teleclass with Vicki Robin (author of Your Money or Your Life) this evening starting at 5 PM Pacific / 6 PM Mountain / 7 PM Central / 8 PM Pacific and running for roughly 90 minutes.. During it, I’m going to give a short presentation (mostly geared toward people who have never read The Simple Dollar), followed by a long question and answer session.

If you’d like to participate, here’s the URL for signing up. You’ll be able to dial in with any phone when it begins.

Keeping Yourself Motivated Motivation can often be a key challenge for success in anything you want to try in life. For me, I find that lots of small victories and successes as I move forward help a lot. And I do mean small – I felt a huge success recently with my piano practice when I was able to play “The First Noel” three times in a row and do a right hand thumb tuck correctly. (@ freelance switch)

How Much Stuff Does One Man Need? Our problem isn’t my stuff, it’s the kids’ stuff. Thanks to the fact that they’re the first grandchild/niece/nephew for a lot of their relatives, they’ve got a small mountain of things. We slowly make stuff “disappear” from this mountain (the things they don’t play with) and take it to Goodwill, but it’s still too much. (@ get rich slowly)

The Eight Year Escape Plan This is an interesting interview with a person who worked at a full-time job for eight years, but spent her spare time building a side business that eventually became her full time work. (@ the art of nonconformity)

Do You Track Your Achievements? Over the past few years, I’ve basically stumbled onto this exact routine. It’s really a great way to keep track of all of the stuff you’ve accomplished, and looking back on it really helps you to feel like you’re a very productive person, particularly at the times when you’re not so productive. (@ dumb little man)

The New ABCs of Success: Always Be Creating Creating new things is really the foundation of modern success. More and more, creative thought is an essential piece of successful work. (@ pick the brain)

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  1. Have you ever thought of sharing upcoming blogs rather than constantly featuring the same few blogs over and over again each week? It would be nice to see something new once in a while rather than the same old thing week in and week out.

    I’m sure the new blogs would appreciate the traffic you could send their way.

  2. done that says:

    Because I read you at work I can’t actually connect to many of the blogs you cite as they are blocked by our filtering software. So I can’t actually read “get rich slowly”.

    That said, the best way I have found to deal with children’s mountains is not to disappear their stuff or ask them what they no longer use or can part with. My kids and my friends kids seemed most content when given so much shelf space or so much toy box (whatever) and asked to pick our their very best, most favorite items to keep but they had to fit in the designated space. If there are a few cherished but currently out of favor items, just store them in the garage until the next round and give them another chance. Doing this once or twice a year kept our things nicely under control. Right before Christmas and birthdays works well to clear out space for new treasures.

  3. Ginger says:

    5 PM Pacific / 6 PM Mountain / 7 PM Central / 8 PM Pacific. 5PM Pacific and 8PM Pacific? and no eastern time? Did you mean 5PM Pacific and 8PM Eastern

  4. Adam says:

    Ditto what Ginger said. Trent’s typos are almost daily now :-) I think writing the book must have scrambled you a bit!
    That said, I love Your Money or Your Life! Woo!

  5. Revanche says:

    @Steven: It’s been known to happen. I’m a little-known blogger, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that Trent featured one of my posts a few weeks ago.

  6. Ali Hale says:

    Just wanted to say a big thanks for the link to my Dumb Little Man post :-) It always means a lot to me to know that one of mine caught your attention … I know I’m onto a good’un there.

    (Steven, I dunno about all the other blogs Trent features, but DLM – and definitely some of the others – are multi-author blogs, and trust me, this author appreciates the occasional link! So while it might look like the same *blog* names, it could well be a range of writers. I agree it’d be nice to see some extra blogs, but as a blogger myself, I know how hard it is to keep up with more than a handful of blogs!)

  7. Cat says:

    regarding kids stuff… read “Simplicity Parenting” by Kim John Payne. He does a wonderful job making many great points, one of which is to substantially limit the amount of stuff kids have or have access to. This means toys, information, TV, etc.

    And thanks, big fan of YMOYL.

  8. Teri says:

    Hi i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere,when i rea this pece of writing i thought i could
    also create comment due to this good paragraph.

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