Alright alright alright! Who’s ready for this week’s round-up?! Christmas is coming in just a few days. Are you excited as I am? I never really get too excited about the gifts. It’s nice and all, but it would be perfectly fine with me if I didn’t get anything. I really just love Christmas for the opportunity for a little time off with the fam. What’s your favorite thing about Christmas? Don’t answer that yet. Read the rest first THEN answer 🙂
I had the pleasure of guest posting for two other awesome bloggers this week. On Tuesday I wrote What’s Life Like as a Financial Advisor? Depends on Your Pain Tolerance for Financial Samurai where I wrote about my experience in financial planning and the things that keep people from trying out a very lucrative and rewarding career. Yesterday I wrote My Parents are Rich, So Does That Mean I’m Rich? for Lisa vs. the Loans where I talk about the interesting phenomenon of Economic Out-patient Care.
The Good Stuff
But who really cares about me, right? You get enough of my opinions here. Let’s get to all the other awesome reads! Here they are in no particular order of awesomeness:
Everyone Says I am Running Away by Matthew at the Thought Catalog – Reading this vindicated me in so many ways. I’ve always wanted to travel the world, and not in little bite-sized portions once or twice a year. I want to live in Australia, settle down for a year or two in Japan, and make friends with neighbors in Brazil. And most of all, I’d love to live a few months every year in Hawaii. But whenever I make public those desires, people make me feel like I’m weird; that for some reason I can never be content with, or that I’m always looking for greener grass. But like Matt (can I call you, Matt? Matt the Cool Cat?), I really just want to live and experience the world. After all, God made it for us to enjoy.
It’s My Money, I’ll Eat Out if I Want To by Erin at Red Debted Stepchild – This is probably the first post I’ve read by Erin and it was just hilarious. She’s working on getting out of debt right now and is tired of hearing other people tell her that eating out while trying to get out of debt is wasteful. She also compares your child to a burrito. So do what you want and don’t let people judge you for it! After all, it’s your life. Just don’t be an idiot.
Defense Wins Championships (and Helps with Finances Too) by Brian at Luke 1428 – I wrote a similar post about this a long time ago, but since the writing quality is a little low, I’ll just have you take my word for it. Basically, it’s important to realize that it’s not all about making more money. And I think that’s part of the millionaire mentality. Sure, there are a lot of millionaires who make a lot and live the glitzy lifestyle, but I would argue that the majority got there with pure defense.
Sales Lessons from the Streets by Erin at Broke Millennial – Erin sent this to me a little while ago when it was just on her dad’s blog after I wrote about my experience in Fiji where I worked with people who live on less than $1 a day, and I loved it. So I’m glad she shared it with all of us! It drives home the point that there are so many people in this world who have it worse off than we do, and they don’t complain about it. They don’t live in self-pity. They do what they need to in order to survive, and that’s right. They’re happy.
5 Things Your Millionaire Neighbor Isn’t Telling You by Robert at The College Investor – Robert’s got some great tips here on things that make a millionaire. They’re actually quite simple, which is the most surprising thing. How many of them are you doing?
In closing, I just want to say *THANKS* to all those who have shared my stuff.
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