My New Year’s plan is to stop reading all these things and get off my butt
Some of you have asked me about the personal finance or entrepreneurship blogs I’ve been reading / I keep sending links from these things to my little bro and I’m pretty sure he never reads any of it. So in the spirit of not giving unsolicited advice, I figured I’d put these up for anyone who finds them helpful:
- If you read nothing else on this page, read this: The Power of Less: Changing Behavior with Leo Babauta. I’ve tried it and it works.
- Hack the System: I just found out about this one. Here’s a post on how to keep the internet from getting in the way: “Addicted To Distraction: 5 Tools To Help You Fight Back And Finally Focus.”
Trying to learn a new language
- Scott Young: This guy’s traveling the world for a year with his friend, learning four languages by not speaking any English. He also completed the MIT computer science curriculum in a year through MIT Open Courseware. Check out an article about “The Year Without English.”
- This post has a bunch of links to other posts about learning languages quickly.
Finding your passion
- Study Hacks: He writes about how passion isn’t something you find, but instead is something that evolves over time as you become better at something.
- If you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life, check out the last 3:36 of this video.
Starting a business
- Personal MBA: This blog is based off of the idea that you don’t need an MBA to start a business. It started out as a reading list of 99 books; a lot of these tend to pop up over and over again across all these blogs. The reading list can be seen here: “The 99 Best Business Books – Recommended Reading List.”
General career/personal finance/entrepreneurship stuff
- I Will Teach You to be Rich: The title sounds fishy but there are a ton of word-for-word scripts how to negotiate with your credit card company, specific advice on which Roth IRA to open up, etc. I love that the focus of this blog on real-life testing and behavioral psychology, ‘cause I’m cool like that. Here’s a post on “Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail.”
- Marie Forleo: Some of the Q&A Tuesday videos can be pretty helpful; just be warned they can get kind of ridiculous.
- Bullish: I actually came across this not that long ago thanks to an article on “When ‘Life Hacking’ is Really White Privilege.” It’s targeted towards women but some of the articles could be helpful no matter who you are.
I don’t necessarily agree with / endorse everything that the above bloggers say, but once you get past the d-baggy tone of some of them, they can be pretty helpful. If you find something that works for you, let me know!