I feel like I’ve had a huge burst of creativity and productivity over the past ten days. It’s been awesome. I hope you’ve been getting a lot out of the articles, too.
My pace will slow soon, however, as I begin work on my book project. Though Get Rich Slowly will remain my top priority, I’ll have less time to spend here than I have over the past three years. Fortunately, the staff writers will be selected and ready to write in a week or two. They’ll help fill the gaps while also adding some variety around here.
Before I get back to writing articles about money, here are some items I’ve enjoyed lately from elsewhere around the web:
On Twitter today, Trent pointed to a fantastic article at Collective Inkwell. David Wright argues that fear is the ultimate foe of creativity and success. Absolutely. It’s when I do the things that scare me that I achieve things that I think are impossible. (Here’s my own guide to how to overcome fear.)
Meanwhile, The Big Picture recently shared an article with a lot of Big Words: bi-modality of markets: why mean variance doesn’t work. If you can penetrate the dense language (why write like this for the internet?), you’ll see that the point the author is trying to make is a simple one. As Carl Richards told GRS readers in February, average is not normal. The stock market may have an average annual return of about 10% historically, but that doesn’t mean it returns 10% every year. In fact, returns are rarely near the average. They’re all over the map.
I haven’t written much about the health care debate. In part this is because I loathe American politics. In part it’s because I’m not well-informed on the subject. The folks at Consumerism Commentary, however, aren’t afraid to step into the fray. They polled their readers about what’s important in healthcare reform. Meanwhile, my wife tells me that Terry Gross from Fresh Air featured a fascinating interview the other night. Kris highly recommends the segment with author T.R. Reid about looking overseas to heal America.
Finally, Nickel at Five Cent Nickel has beat me to the punch. I keep meaning to write about iPhone apps for managing your money, but just haven’t found the time. He lists eight of his favorites. The only one I use regularly is Fuelly.
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