The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Meaning of Dreams Edition

I have very lucid dreams that I can remember in incredible detail for several hours or so after I wake up. Sometimes, I’ll even write them down.

Do I think they have deep meaning or have some supernatural connection? No. I do think that dreams are one way that our subconscious throws out the mental trash, though, and sometimes in the trash you can find treasure.

Reflecting on dreams has spurred me to write. Dreams have also convinced me to approach some life problems in a new way. That’s about the most you can expect from them, I think.

Retire Before 40? Some Folks Say It Can Be Done Retiring that early involves extreme expense management. There’s really no other way to consistently pull off that kind of outcome. (@ cnbc via pf digest)

Use Visualization to Improve Your Financial Future For me, visualizing my goal helps me to see aspects of it that I might not otherwise notice. It also helps me keep that goal in mind through my day-to-day choices. (@ bible money matters)

This Is Why You Can’t Get Your Finances Under Control The big reason, according to this article, is that we allow ourselves to make excuses for why we can’t pull off the success we see in others. (@ dqydj)

Thomas Keller on Why Passion Shouldn’t Drive You Keller (a very well-known chef) does a great job of describing the difference between passion and desire: “It’s not about passion. Passion is something that we tend to overemphasize, that we certainly place too much importance on. Passion ebbs and flows. To me, it’s about desire. If you have constant, unwavering desire to be a cook, then you’ll be a great cook. If it’s only about passion, sometimes you’ll be good and sometimes you won’t. You’ve got to come in every day with a strong desire. With passion, if you see the first asparagus of the springtime and you become passionate about it, so much the better, but three weeks later, when you’ve seen that asparagus every day now, passions have subsided. What’s going to make you treat the asparagus the same? It’s the desire.” This is an idea worth thinking about for both your career and your own self-improvement. What’s passion? What’s desire? (@

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