People who believe in personal responsibility are often unfairly accused of being heartless and uncaring.
For proof, all one has to do is look at my inbox. I usually get at least one scathing letter every week from a reader who mistakes my philosophy regarding the importance of self-reliance and living within one’s means as a paean to the “virtues” of selfishness and greed.
Of course, nothing could be farther from the
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Getting promoted at work has more to do with politics than accomplishment, like getting a music or book contract, or inheriting a family fortune. It is possible to gain notoriety and success by doing as little as possible, just look at any politician … ever. These guys have mastered the art of seeming responsible and respectable while being reprehensible in their tactics … but why not leverage their playbook? So
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Readers: Today’s post was written by my daughter, Nina. — Len
I’m only 13 and I’m worrying about my future. Not in an academic kind of way, but in a financial one. That’s because there are certain things that terrify me about growing up and living on my own.
Here is a list of the top five things that make me nervous for the future:
The thought of paying taxes absolutely terrifies
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Who doesn’t dream about being rich?
I’m certainly not afraid to admit I occasionally wonder how it would feel to be independently wealthy.
The other day I was reading an article on the world’s 200 richest people and stumbled upon a couple of surprising factoids.
The first surprise, was that the richest guy in the world is neither Bill Gates (#2) nor Warren Buffett (#4); it’s America Movil SAB Chairman Emeritus Carlos Slim,
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Decisions, decisions. Like it or not, our lives are defined by them.
It’s no secret that a big part of our financial success is based upon the decisions we make in life.
Just ask any person who has jeopardized their financial future by, say, starting a family before securing a good job.
Fortunately, most of us will be lucky enough to be afforded with at least one or two challenging opportunities — and
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Today my good friend Paula Pant, who is the proprietor of the terrific blog Afford Anything, has graciously agreed to bail me out while I finish up my vacation in Hawaii — so please, folks, check out her site! I’ll be back on Tuesday.
For this guy, wasting time is a full-time job.
A few months ago I read an interesting analogy in the book Talent is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin.
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The official US inflation rate in 2011 was “officially” 3.2 percent, but arguably higher, while the average pay hike was just 2.9 percent. Maybe that’s why, when it comes to job complaints, surveys show that employees grouse about their paltry paychecks more than anything else. Ironically, 29% of all workers — and 43% of twenty-somethings — turn down free money each year because they don’t contribute enough into their 401k
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Most everybody thinks they’re underpaid for what they do. But in reality, there are a handful of select jobs where this claim is especially true.
A few years ago I compiled a list of the 10 most underpaid jobs. The provocative list was a collection of occupations that I felt were grossly under-compensated considering their overall contribution to society; jobs like trauma scene clean-up workers and electrical linemen.
Since then, I
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In 2004 my gross annual income crossed the magical $100,000 benchmark for the first time.
Reaching that milestone became a personal goal after graduating with an electrical engineering degree in 1988 and taking my first job at a salary of $31,000. At the time, I figured that once I was earning $100,000 per year, I’d be set for life, and able to buy whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it.
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Where you live becomes more important as household income decreases. For example, when taking into account food, utilities, healthcare, housing, and general goods and services, New York City is more than twice as expensive to live in than Pueblo, Colorado. So while residents of both cities may struggle in minimum wage jobs earning $15,080 annually, the Big Apple denizen has less than half the purchasing power of his Rocky
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