The recent Total Money Makeover book club seems to have been a huge success. Two times a week seems to work, and focusing on discussion-oriented points in the book made it quite interesting as well.
As a result, I’m going to follow it with another book club, starting on Wednesday, September 2. This time, I’ll be focusing on Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz, which was actually the most requested book when I asked for suggestions for the next book club. It focuses on how to build value-based relationships with others, mostly in a professional context, but the ideas really work in every avenue of life.
Given that Never Eat Alone is a bit longer book, the book club will likely be a bit longer, too, stretching to seven or eight weeks. As before, there will be entries twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Don’t be afraid to jump into the discussions of this one! I think it’ll be quite fun.
And now, for some interesting and relevant links. Please note that I usually post twenty or thirty interesting links a week to my del.icio.us site and I pick ten or so from that to post here, so if you’d like to see the links as I find them, check out that page.
A Message to Those Confused About Career Direction It’s normal NOT to know what you want. It took me most of a decade to figure it out and there’s still times I believe I don’t have it perfect. The biggest challenge is that we often want conflicting things – things that simply cannot coexist. Figuring this out can be a real challenge. (@ soul shelter)
How to Make a Million Dollars While Eating Lunch The idea is simple: if you take one simple action and repeat it over a very long timeframe, you’ll have huge success. Her example of the “million dollar lunch” involves trimming lunch down by about $6 per workday then socking that into a Roth IRA, netting you $1M over 41 years. (@ millionaire mommy next door)
Why I Stopped Being Paranoid and Started Using Mint I’m still paranoid. I still have not seen the reason to use Mint (and share my personal info) that isn’t met by personal software at home that doesn’t allow any of your info to pass through a third party. It feels like you’re just increasing your likelihood of identity theft (however slightly) without any real net benefit. What does Mint do that Quicken does not? (@ smarterware)
Top 5 Economy Based Board Games that Make You Think The board games are Agricola, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, Caylus, and Le Havre. All of them are excellent games that mirror the nature of economics in various ways. If you’re playing just one that mirrors economics, I’d probably suggest Power Grid. My favorite game for playing of the five is either Puerto Rico or Agricola – I adore them both. (@ wisebread)
The Power of Resourcefulness This is one worth thinking about a little bit. Peeing in the shower seems unsanitary at first glance, then perhaps not really all that useful upon second thought. But if you’re able to do it while doing other things (such as washing your hair), you can actually save significant water – a toilet tank full. Baker expands the idea, carrying it forward into a general discussion about resourcefulness. (@ man vs. debt)
The False Lure of Multi-Level Marketing The biggest problem I have with MLM systems is that it basically encourages people to abuse their friendships by guilting their friends into buying stuff they don’t want. Ever been invited to a Tupperware party or a Pampered Chef party? They’re just painful – a person trying to cajole their friends into buying stuff that their friends don’t want. The friends do it, even though they don’t want to, but they resent it a little – they feel like they’re being used. Never mind the fact that the salesperson rarely makes very much money anyway. Sounds like a big lose to me. (@ free money finance)
The Five-Day Freeze: Batch Cooking for the Rest of Us Batch cooking simply means preparing meals or other foodstuffs in advance and freezing them in quantities such that they can be easily thawed and used. The article mentions eggs (in the form of quiche), cookies, zucchini, hamburger, and peppers, but those options just scratch the surface. If you have a lot of freezer space, techniques like this pay off left and right. (@ wisebread)
“Try Something Eight Times Before You Give Up.” So many people try something once or twice, decide it’s not for them, and give it up. What I’ve often found is that if you try something a good number of times – like eight – the value often only becomes apparent after multiple tries, and then it becomes a very valuable tradition. The two big examples I can think of are cooking at home – you have to try it a lot of times before you start producing something worthwhile – and strategic board games like Agricola and Puerto Rico, which don’t really shine until you’ve played them many times and everyone knows the rules well. Established traditions and skills can be beautiful parts of one’s life. (@ happiness project)
Overweight And In Debt: The Correlation Between Weight Gain And Pocket Drain Clearly, there’s some overlap between overspending and overeating. We need to spend and eat to survive in the world, but without some self-control, one can easily overeat and overspend, both of which are dangerous. I think it’s a stretch to say that all overweight people are in debt, which is what the title might lead you to believe, but I agree there are some similar psychological principles at work here. (@ frugal dad)
For the Self-Employed, It’s an Endless Workweek The “endless workweek” is a real danger for anyone who’s self-employed. Self-employment can really blur the boundaries between work and personal life, and quite often that means that work can dominate everything. I often feel like I’m in this position; my solution is to put up some strong barriers in time/life that work cannot cross, no matter what. (@ wall street journal)