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The Intersection Between Skills and Luck in Your Professional Life (and Elsewhere)

Connie writes in: Liked your article about competence and mastery. Did you see this piece from MIT Tech Review about luck’s role in all of this? I think it would make a good follow up article. You’re absolutely right, Connie. That article does address a lot of good points about the role of luck in […]

Questions About Late Taxes, Autographs, Messenger Bags, Retirement Scams, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question.1. Retirement scam2. Penalty for late filing3. Wool dryer ball question4. Unhappy, but with savings5. Charcoal grills last longer?6. Old tax paperwork7. Recommendation for messenger […]

Some Hard Questions

What do I really need in life? What do I need to have a life that’s enjoyable? What do I need to get out of bed in the morning, to feel something positive inside of me? What things am I spending money on that are just giving me bursts of pleasure but not bringing me […]

The Value of Competence and Mastery

One of the most interesting personal finance concepts I’ve come across is the “Renaissance ideal,” which I first learned of from the writings of Jacob Lund Fisker. Fisker’s idea is simple: For every skill out there that people find useful, there is a level of ability of that skill where, if you’re below that level, […]

How I Shop for Things

One of the most common types of questions I get from readers is how exactly they should shop for something. How do you shop for clothing? How do you shop for food? How do you shop for tech devices? In this article, I’m covering how I shop for anything less expensive than a new car. […]

How I Shop for Things

One of the most common types of questions I get from readers is how exactly they should shop for something. How do you shop for clothing? How do you shop for food? How do you shop for tech devices? In this article, I’m covering how I shop for anything less expensive than a new car. […]

How I Shop for Things

One of the most common types of questions I get from readers is how exactly they should shop for something. How do you shop for clothing? How do you shop for food? How do you shop for tech devices? In this article, I’m covering how I shop for anything less expensive than a new car. […]

Exploring the Connections Between Your Mental and Spiritual Life and Your Financial Life

This is the second entry in an eight part series exploring the connections between your finances and other areas of your life. Last week, I started a series exploring the connections between personal finance and the other “spheres” of my life. The first entry covered the connections between one’s physical life and financial life, and […]

Feeling Overwhelmed By Big Financial Goals

Big financial goals can feel completely overwhelming. You want to buy a house but the mortgage will be more than you make in three years. You want to save for retirement but you need… a million dollars for the kind of retirement you want? You want to pay off your student loan debts, but you’re […]