The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Seth Godin Edition

Usually, I focus in on personal finance and personal development bloggers in my roundups, but today I wanted to highlight a blog that has consistently been among my favorites for many years. It’s a blog primarily focusing on marketing written by Seth Godin.

You’re probably wondering why I would want to bring up a marketing blog here. It’s because Godin’s blog is, week in and week out, the best blog I’ve ever read. I walk away on a regular basis loaded down with interesting new thoughts to ruminate on, and more than a few times this thinking has resulted in a new post on The Simple Dollar.

While writing this, I spent a few moments reading through just the last few days of posts from Seth and found three (right on his front page) that were compelling enough that I want to write a response here to that post, expanding on my thoughts. Enjoy these gems.

Where Do We Begin? One of the biggest challenges I have when writing The Simple Dollar is to try to continue the conversation I have with my longtime readers while still making things inviting to new people, too. (@ seth godin)

Getting Versus Taking The dichotomy between getting an education and taking one is really thought provoking and it illustrates why a lot of people really do waste their educational opportunities. There’s more to college than a degree. (@ seth godin)

Why Bother Having A Resume? I think this is the type of thinking that distinguishes the exceptional. An exceptional person doesn’t need the resume. However, most organizations aren’t capable of hiring the truly exceptional – the truly exceptional seek out their own place. (@ seth godin)

And now some other stuff.

The Real Cost of Financial Clutter on the Road to a Remarkable Life This one’s actually written by me as a guest post over at the great Unclutterer blog – Erin (the writer at Unclutterer) guest-posted here on The Simple Dollar last Friday. (@ unclutterer)

The Last Lecture and Brick Walls If you haven’t seen it, it’s really worth your time to watch Randy Pausch’s last lecture. It’s one of my favorite inspirational and motivational speeches I’ve ever heard, right up there with Jim Valvano’s “don’t give up” speech. (@ gather little by little)

Making Money from Your Old Hobbies It’s rare that an old hobby can actually turn a profit for you, but you can recover at least some of the sunk money if you do it carefully. (@ queercents)

The Beauty of Occasional Abundance While reading this, I imagined several hundred sheets of typewriter paper with the phrase “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” all over it. (@ pick the brain)

How Money Challenges Prevent You From Building The Life You Love The best thing I’ve ever done (aside from marriage and children) was fight hard to get out of this trap. (@ the digerati life)

Good News if You’re in the Market for Buying a House House prices are cheaper most everywhere. The only exceptions seem to be (relatively) smaller metro areas with a growing industry, like the Des Moines, IA metro area (which I’m familiar with). I don’t have the exact number, but I’d be willing to bet that Des Moines prices have at the very least stayed even over the last few years – of course, they weren’t that high to begin with. (@ consumerism commentary)

Economic Stimulus Rebate Check Frequently Asked Questions I’ve been asked about this several times recently, so I thought it’d be worthwhile to link to a resource that already answers most of the common questions. (@ money smart life)

10 Ways History’s Finest Kept Their Focus at Work Winston Churchill anecdotes are the best kind of anecdotes. (@ lifedev)

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