I hope your week is off to a good start. I will be hosting Families GO Gonzo on March 16th. Be sure to check out Kilroy’s website for more details.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill
The Dark Side of Twitter: What Businesses Need to Know – An interesting article illustrating the power of Twitter.
Carnival of Personal Development – I want to thank Hayden Tompkins @ Through the Illusion for hosting the carnival and including me.
Success In Life – I really enjoyed this post. Peter has 5 great ingredients for success. I would also add one more ingredient, being humble.
Walk a Straight Line to High Achievement – This is a great post for those of you that set a goal, but haven’t achieved it. Are you adding extra steps?
Average versus Exceptional – A great article on qualities you may want to possess on your route to being exceptional.
No More Goody-Two Shoes – I was and probably still in some sense a good two shoe type of person. Are you a Goody-Two shoes? Have you stepped outside of this “box”?
“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
Carnival of Personal Finance – Be sure to check out the Carnival of Personal Finance for this week’s great articles.
Photo by: Kris De Curtis
I ran my first half marathon this past weekend. My goal was to run the whole time without stopping for a break. I’m very happy to report that I did this and finished with a time of 2:02:54. I’m really happy with how everything turned out. I have my sights set on running a marathon in December. Now onto the links of the week!
Mike over at Learn This has a great series on Inspiration:
Unleashing Your Dreams: Living Up To Your Potential – Great article. Jeff also included one of my favorite quotes: “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else” by Benjamin Franklin.
Can Monotony Ever Be a Good Thing? – If you assume that monotony and boredom are the same thing, I would say that monotony is not a good thing, but there are exceptions. The one exception that comes to mind is when you are grieving and trying to get past a bad memory. In this instance, I think monotony can be a good thing.
Mental Tips on How to Start a Business for Lazy People – Steve provides some great tips for starting a business. I like that he mentions that we should “change our habits gradually.” This has been echoed by many books and bloggers, but it’s a good thing to remember when tackling any large goal.
How to Attract and Influence People on Twitter – The Ultimate Twitter Resource – Be sure to check this guide out. Derek put a lot of time into this post and it shows!
Top 10 Tool For Landing a Better Job – If you are looking for a job, this is a post you should check out. This article provides great tips and links for finding a job, salary negotiations, how to look the part, and resume writing.
Fort Worth Rated Among Healthiest Housing Areas – It’s pretty interesting to see so many Texas cities on the list of healthy housing markets. Don’t Mess with Texas!
Entrepreneurs Not Feeling Stimulated – It’s sad to see the backbone of America being neglected, but some of the greatest businesses of all time have been founded during tough economic times.
Two Envelopes We Are All Born With – This is a pretty neat post by Evita. She also provided an excellent video of Napoleon Hill.
My Four Hour Work Week (The Series) – Maria at Never the Same River Twice has a great series on her version of the 4 hour work week. She has a lot of great insight and some great resources as well.
Investment Strategy for Recession: Capital Preservation with Safe Investments – If you are risk adverse, this is a great article on how you can get a small return while keeping your capital.
10 Reasons It’s Good the Economy Sucks – I was happy to find this article. While many people are talking about how bad the economy is, this blogger has a more positive perspective on the economy.
Building Buzz by Being Buzz Worthy – The best advice I found in this article was the list of Buzz blockers. “Typically buzz blockers include consumer distractions, forgetfulness, negative buzz, and time lapse.”
The 90-10 Rule for Successful Twitter Networking – This advice can be used in all facets of life, but it basically says give more than you receive on Twitter.
The Best Things in Life Really Are Free – My favorite part: “After all, free advice can’t be as good as paid advice, right?”
On March 16th, we will be hosting a carnival. If you are interested in participating, head on over to Kilroy’s Blog for more details.
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My wife and I just finished a weekend long workshop on single family and multifamily real estate investing. We’re pretty excited about our starting our real estate investing journey. On a different front, I just finished reading Outliers and started Ready, Fire, Aim. Both very good books in their own ways. Now, onto great posts I’ve seen from around the web.
Mastering the Art of Procrastination – Mike takes a contrarian look at procrastination.
Magical Goal Setting – Jeremy has an interesting post of goal setting. I thought it was interesting that he compared attaining goals to water eroding mountains over time.
Getting Debt-Free Using The Debt Snowball Technique – Jeff has a great post on the debt snowball technique popularized by Dave Ramsey. Jeff is also proud to announce that he is debt free with the exception of his mortgage. Way to go Jeff!
A Secret to Writing Posts That Go Viral on Twitter – I’m still trying to figure out how to use Twitter to drive traffic to my blog. Another solid post by Darren at Problogger.
Shelly Palmer: Why You Need to Translate Value Into Wealth – I hadn’t heard about the four different online currencies so I appreciate Derek bringing that to my attention. There are different currencies online: 1) Attention, 2) Intention, 3) Fame, and 4) Street Cred.
How We Stopped Short of Becoming Lazy Pieces of Crap – Pretty cool how a baby kick started Steve’s life and his desire to accomplish something memorable.
Report: Texas is America’s Top Exporter – I thought this was a bit surprising given California’s size. According to the article, the top five recipients of Texas exports were Mexico, Canada, China the Netherlands, and Brazil.
Stock Dividends for Retirement Income – This is a really nice blog in general, but I enjoyed this article on stock dividends for retirement. Mr. Go To gives his experiences with stocks that pay dividends and doesn’t sugar coat anything.
20 Internet Marketing Trends for 2009 – Once you start your own business, you find out how important marketing is to your success. Here are 20 internet marketing trends to watch and ACT upon. The first few are common sense to me, but #3 (The Customer Voice) is something to watch. I’ve heard this referred to as Feedback 3.0 per Trend Watching.com.
Top 25 Free & Worthwhile Personal Finance E-books – I thought this was a great compilation of free e-books. A lot of these are provided through the government, but I think information is good as long as you have a good filter.
50 Ways to Budget Travel and Save Money on Vacations – Do you enjoy traveling? Money Ning has a lot of great ways to save a few bucks while on vacation. While on vacation last year, we rented apartments in different cities and were able to cook. This saved a significant amount of money give the weak US Dollar compared to the Euro.
How Are We NOT Frugal [Personal Account] – It seems like a lot of personal finance bloggers talk about how frugal they are so I thought this was a neat post about Clever Dude’s non frugal ways.
Have-Do-Be or Be-Do-Have – Do you have to have something before you can be abundant? I think the quote of “happiness is within” would apply in this instance. What do you think?
Russian Prediction: US to Collapse by 2010 – Mr. Panarin claims that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. The US is hurting financially as is the rest of the world, but personally I think this is a bit far fetched.
Photo by Bruce Turner
Customer Stories – These customer stories come from Steve at My Wife Quit Her Job. Steve and his wife own an online wedding supply store. While owning your own business may be seem “glamorous” to some, it definitely has it’s challenges as illustrated by their stories.
Do You Want to Grow Your Web Business – Derek is a successful online entrepreneur. I’ve had the privilege of speaking with him on many occasions through Gtalk. If you are interested in growing your web business, he is definitely someone you should speak with.
What Does Working Hard Mean to You? – To me, working more hours is not working harder. I feel working more effectively and efficiently is working harder. What do you think?
How I Became a Millionaire (Part 4: My Thirties) – Jen shares her story about how she became a millionaire. I hope to have a similar story, but with my own little twist. You can read the other parts of her series here:
– Part 1
– Part 2
– Part 3
Top 100 Books for Freelance Writers – Great list of books. They are all now in my queue.
From 10 Hours a Week, $10 Million a Year – This is a neat story about a guy, Markus Frind, who had a great idea, put in some work, and now has a thriving enterprise. Does this happen often? I would say most likely not. I think this fits well into what Derek says about “tying it all together”. Work is a negative word. Instead, don’t find work to make a living, but find something you enjoy.
50 Social Sites That Every Business Needs a Presence On – This is a great list of social networking websites. I’m on most of them, but there are a few I had never heard of before.
A Picture Worth a Thousand Words – There are a few great photos from the Olympics that I’m sure will enjoy.
The 15 Best Business Ideas & Sectors That Thrive During a Recession – I agree with most of these business ideas and sectors. I would also add to the mix business similar to the Dollar Store.
Should You Pay Your Kids for Good Grades? – The author, Nickel, doesn’t believe in paying your kids for good grades. I don’t have any kids, but I tend to agree with his philosophy.
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Last week we had hosted the Carnival of Personal Development. I want to thank Jeremy Day at Insight Writer for allowing me the privilege of hosting it. On a different note, I am right about 3 weeks away from my first half marathon. I’ve run in a few 5 K races, but nothing close to a half marathon. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous :). Onto the great posts around the web.
Book Review: Made to Stick – I got about half way through this book before I was bored to tears. I really WANTED to like the book which is all the more reason why I got half way through the book. Mike King’s review, and the fact that this is one of the few books on Trent’s bookshelf, makes me consider giving the book another shot. Have you read Made to Stick? What did you think?
How Bloggers Helped Brewdog Increase Sales Substantially – Derek sheds light on the how powerful an advocate can be for your business. The advocate in this instance was a few beer bloggers that apparently commanded a strong following.
Your Small Business: 3 Ways to Take Advantage of Being Small – Steve presents a great outlook how being a small business, actually has it’s advantages. I like the 3 advantages he provides: provide personal service, ability to bend the rules, and take advantage of your agility. I would also add that as a small business, you might actually be able to take more chances since you have less to lose if this is a side business.
Get More Blog Visitors: Blog Blazers Share Their Secrets – Jeff put together a great post for any aspiring bloggers out there. I know there are a few tips I will start following!
10 Minute Budget by Erica Douglass – Erica has finally convinced me to get a budget going. It’s been on the “List” for quite sometime and really needs attention. We follow our money closely, but we don’t have a budget per se.
55 Green Budget Tips to Show Nature You Love Her – Nathalie presents a lot of great tips for those interested in being “green”. The resource that seemed most useful to me was greendimes.com. It allows you to stop junk mail (the only mail we receive).
Economic Prognostications 2009 – Jeremy provides a few resources to questions out there right now such as: will the stock market recover, will the housing market recover. While I don’t put a whole lot of stock into the more extreme views, I think it’s important to read different views and then form conclusions on your own.
10 Tools for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions by Kevin Purdy – A lot of people make new year resolutions. An overwhelming majority don’t stick to their goals. Here are some tools that you can use to accomplish your goals. Good luck! What are you doing to ensure you stick to your goals?
Five “Healthy Snacks” That Aren’t Healthy by Adam Pash – Looking at the picture, I really didn’t want to read the article because I knew it was about food that I ate and thought was healthy. Do you eat these foods?
Repair, Restore, Rejoice: Making the Most of Home Appliances by Betsy Teutsch – About to buy a new appliance, perhaps you should look at this article first.
Free Audiobook – Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – I can’t believe I haven’t read this book. If you are like me and haven’t read it yet, maybe you should download the audio book.
6 Ways Your Credit Score Changes Thursday – It good to see these guidelines in place. While I don’t think it’ll affect me on a personal basis, it’s nice to see that people who have a single blemish being less penalized. On the flip side, is this going to give people more of an incentive to walk away from their homes if they can’t make the payments?
2 Simple Paths to Unhappiness – This is a great post that shows happiness is within and not due to plastic surgery or a new Xbox. I digress. I have to admit that I’m awfully tempted to get an Xbox, but I am holding restraint mainly because I’m worried I’ll be on it too much.
Get a Load of CRAPTM in 2009 – A part from the clever acronym, Tim Clark provides a powerful message for those of you that want to actually complete some of your goals for 2009. DO FIRST WHAT YOU WANT TO DO LEAST.
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