Updated on 10.10.17

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Places to Follow Me Edition

Trent Hamm

I’ve been dabbling in a number of very genre-specific social networks as of late, ones that are designed to take real advantage of specific interests. So, here are several worth noting.

If you’d like to keep tabs on what books I’m reading and have read and reviewed (outside of the PF stuff I’m reviewing here), check my GoodReads profile (a reader pointed out that I mentioned this one in a reader mailbag last week).

If you’d like to see what computer software I use and like, check my Wakoopa profile.

I also have started sharing the links I use when building my weekly roundup, comments and all. See my del.icio.us profile if you like the weekly roundup stuff, since I usually share 20-30 of these types of links a week there (and then filter it down to a handful for the weekly roundup).

Finally, if you’d like to keep up with ALL of my stuff in one place (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and so on), check out my FriendFeed profile.

If you use those services, feel free to friend me on them. If you’re just curious, don’t hesitate to take a peek whenever you like.

The Frog in Boiling Water: Don’t Complain, Do Something I think the entire “frog in boiling water” analogy is perfect for the personal finance situation many people find themselves in. The environment is getting dangerous, but they’re completely oblivious to it. (@ saving advice)

The Best Book I’ve Ever Read About Making Change Stick I love to highlight posts that introduce me to new books I’ve never even heard of before. This certainly sounds like a good one. (@ wise bread)

The Serenity Prayer, and How It Applies to Your Finances The message behind the serenity prayer is powerful, even if you don’t believe in God. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. (@ saving for serenity)

You Don’t Have to Be the Best I know some people who are driven to be “the best” in every aspect of their life. Usually, they’re either incredibly stressed or things eventually fall completely apart. Instead of being “the best” at everything, choose one or two things and be “good enough” at the rest. (@ unclutterer)

Your Home Never Was an Investment I will never get as much out of my house as I put into it. The best I can hope for is that the time and money aren’t too much of a loss. (@ free money finance)

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  1. Michael says:

    I’d be interested in a discussion of how GTD is a “be the best or be nothing” organization method. It seems to create superhumans or depressed failures without much middle ground.

  2. Scordo.com says:

    The FMF article is very interesting, thanks for sharing, Trent. I remember reading the WSJ article and thinking this is not what are our parents taught us? Namely, for most middle class Americans a home is usually their biggest investment.

    I think over time real estate will continue to offer middle class individuals in the US the biggest bang for their buck ROI (provided they stay in the same home for a 30 year period, for example).

    A two family home is an even better investment, here’s an article I wrote on the “myth of the one family home:” http://bit.ly/CXuE4

  3. Glad to see Alan over at Saving for Serenity getting some attention. He’s a good writer!

    The FMF article about your home as an investment is exactly how I’ve come to think about ownership as I get closer and closer to being able to afford a place of my own. It’s a tough opinion to have when all of my friends hold a rather, um, opposite perspective.

  4. Trent Hamm Trent says:

    “I’d be interested in a discussion of how GTD is a “be the best or be nothing” organization method. It seems to create superhumans or depressed failures without much middle ground.”

    I think that’s true if you adopt the whole system as one giant chunk – and I would expect that it would produce more failures than successes.

    I think, for most people, GTD success comes from pulling out the piece or two that they most need for themselves and sticking with it. For me, it was simply jotting down thoughts that came to mind and processing them once a day or so. That was huge.

  5. Bill in Houston says:

    I used the Frog in Boiling Water analogy when I discuss “government intrusion” with others.

  6. Dave says:

    Thanks for the book advice….Will have to check them out…


  7. Michael says:

    That is a good point, Trent, but that is not exactly GTD proper.

  8. I’ll be sure to check them out.


  9. spaces says:

    What’s a GTD? (The dog ate my acronym card.)

  10. Beth says:

    Once I read a grammatical error in a professional blog, I exit. First part was compelling, but at the first misuse of verb tense, I deleted the email and went back to work. I don’t correct folks’ grammar, but if you’re claiming writing as a profession, I expect professionalism.

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