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Photo Credit: MargoLuc I have been re-reading Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. In my opinion this is the one personal finance book that everyone should read. Instead of focusing on earning, saving, or investing this book focuses on your relationship with money. Once you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at Hack My Life
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Photo Credit: PhotoJonny From Driven by Paul R. Larence and Niten Nohria: All of these events [debunking of belief systems] have led people to a cynical and severely skeptical view of the world and even to a loss of faith in the possibility of further human development and progress. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Hack My Life
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Photo Credit: tinaylin Productivity improvements are limitless. There is no limit to human ingenuity. Everyday someone finds a better way of doing things - Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electic What would life be like like without the Airplane, Internet, Telephone, and Refrigeration? These were all inventions of the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at Hack My Life
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I am a member of a very vibrant Toastmasters club. Toastmasters is a group that teaches speaking and leadership skills through peer to peer evaluation. Most people think of it as an organization in which you go to practice public speaking. In my first year with the program I have... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at Hack My Life
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Photo Credit :stevendepolo Most of us have identity and self-esteem issues. We don't like what we see in the mirror, we are constantly paranoid about what people might be saying about us, and we place low value on ourselves as individuals and our work. This is what makes it difficult... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Hack My Life
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Photo Credit: susanvg Think you are a good multi-tasker? Think again. Since you are reading this post, I will assume you are at a computer. You probably have many different applications going on right now and many more processes running in the background. It would appear that your computer is... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at Hack My Life
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Necessity who is the mother of invention - Plato Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them. - Henry Ford I had a problem. There was not a single cup holder in my car. This may seem like a trivial problem to... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Hack My Life
The book Driven, by Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria, describes the four innate drives that are hardwired into human beings. The first of these drives being the drive to acquire. There is a basic level of acquisitions that we all need to make in order to survive: food, shelter.... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2010 at Hack My Life
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Photo Credit: ckaiserca Many of us while at work will look for meaningless busy work just to help us get through the day. If we can stay active the time might fly by faster. I will often read emails sent to my inbox that are absolutely meaningless to my position... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2010 at Hack My Life
This blog has been featured in Hundred Goal's Blog Carnival #2. Hundred Goals is one of my favorite blogs around. The author Steven his listed 100 hundred goals that he would like to achieve during his lifetime and is writing about his financial journey in achieving those goals. Here is... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2010 at Hack My Life
In today's world, we live life like it is one big emergency. Fueled by fast food and stimulants we rush from on place to the next putting out fire after fire. We justify the lifestyle because we are making good money. Instead of using that money productively to move towards... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2010 at Hack My Life
Xerox has a page dedicated to Information Overload that contains some interesting facts: 28% of the typical workday is wasted my interruptions caused by unnecessary information 53% of people believe that less than half of the information the receive is valuable 42% of people accidentally use the wrong information at... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at Hack My Life
The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch states that the best relationships are built on 5 attributes: Mutual Enjoyment of each others company Respect Shared experience Reciprocity Trust Mutual Enjoyment This can be anything from a shared interest such as sports, hobbies , taste in music or books. It is critical... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Hack My Life
From Driven by Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria Confronted with the invasion of an unknown foreign molecule, the human immune system will produce, on a trial-and-error basis, thousands of antibodies that approximate a mirror image of the foreign body. This process of generating variety (V) continues until an antibody... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Hack My Life
Everybody that has read a personal finance blog or book has heard of the latte factor. The basic idea is that little expenditures over the course of time add up to big dollars. If your daily cup of joe is $3, that adds up to $1095 a year. That is... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Hack My Life
I am currently reading Driven by Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria. The book discusses how human nature is shaped by four drives: Drive to acquire Drive to bond with others in long term relationships and mutually caring commitments Drive to learn and make sense of the world ourselves Drive... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Hack My Life
Everyday we are bombarded with information, more information than anyone can handle. Most of this information is garbage,not important, and distracts us from our goals. Email is the worst offender. In The Four Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferriss talks about 'cultivating selective ignorance': ignoring the garbage while still responding to... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at Hack My Life
The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch states that there are two keys to being happier: Identify the times when you are the happiest and expand them as much as possible. Identify the times when you are least happy and reduce them as much as possible. Today I am going to... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2010 at Hack My Life
18th century mathematician Daniel Bernoulli created hypothesis on wealth that according to author of Against The Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, Peter L. Bernstein, is "one of the great intellectual leaps in the history of ideas. The hypothesis states: [The] Utility resulting from any small increase in wealth will... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2010 at Hack My Life
One common definition of money is that it is anything commonly accepted for goods, services, and the repayment of debt. For us here in the United States, money is an coin or paper variation of the dollar. I was walking down the street yesterday to a local park for a... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Hack My Life
There is a question that has been used by guidance counselors for years that asks something to the extent of: "If money were no object, what would you do in your life". The answer to this question for my is always evolving, but right now it would go something like... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Hack My Life
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