another week, and links

In Think and Grow Rich and in the autobiography of Andrew Carnegie that I’m currently reading, one of the causes of failure – which I’ll cover eventually in my 31 causes of failure series – is a lack of focus.  If you have a wandering mind, you’re not going to succeed at whatever endeavor you’re aiming for; in my case, it’s being a successful blogger/writer.  Hopefully these links are inspirational; I get a lot of inspiration out of the articles I read online, and hopefully at least one or two of them will inspire you, too.

What is Quantitative Easing?: I grumbled about this recently, and the simple fact is that whether or not you agree with the economic theory behind this type of manipulation, it IS manipulation and therefore tough to control – and therefore something to be wary of.  I understand the reason:  we don’t have a level playing field with the Chinese (and frankly, even with the Europeans).  But the main point is that something’s going to change with monetary policy – it’s going to come soon, and it’s going to be drastic.

“For all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left us edgy, unfulfilled. Even after 400 generations in villages and cities, we haven’t forgotten. The open road still softly calls, like a nearly forgotten song of childhood.” -Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot. From The Whole World is Our Home, In A Lot of Ways:

A good article, but more to the point:  man, do I miss Carl Sagan.  His Cosmos series really deeply affected me as a kid; he was an amazing person.

The False War On Debt:  Absolutely.  The war on debt is not the war to reduce debt already incurred, but to stop people from incurring it in the first place.  Debt is wrong.  Start with that.  Yes, I know student loans, mortgages, etc., but start with the idea that debt is wrong; avoid it at all costs.  Don’t worry about paying down the “bad” debt; worry about not incurring it in the first place.

* 5 Tips For Buying Individual Health Insurance:  A subject near and dear to my heart, as I continue to struggle – even post “health care reform” – with being a self-employed person who has to buy his/her own health care insurance.  One of the few times I’ve actually voiced this thought:  when buying health care insurance, it sucks to be American.

4 People You Should Never Hire: Great tips, although I disagree with one: housekeeper. We had a housekeeper for about 4 years, and although we don’t now, I’d highly recommend it if you have even a small amount of disposable income.  The amount of time and marital discord avoided by hiring a housekeeper is worth its weight in gold, and then some.  Get a housekeeper, and then use that time saved on housework productively – either on family time, or generating income.

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