By Amanda Morrall
1) The downside of giving
I doubt I'll ever be convinced that giving is, carte blanche, a bad thing to do but it's nonetheless interesting to hear the rationale put forward against charity by some folks. Check out this lively interview with Yaron Brook, executive director of the Any Rand Institute, (compliments of Monevator) talking to broadcaster John Stossel about why greed is not necessarily a bad thing. In typical journalist fashion, they've tried to simplistically pit greed against charity however the broader point that Brook endeavours to make is that society has begun to demonise business achievements and the productive good arising from those efforts over charitable giving. It's an interesting debate as well as an entertaining interview.
2) Good boss vs bad boss
I think I can count on one hand the number of good bosses I've had over the years. It's a bit of indictment against the media industry I suppose. Sure if nothing else bad bosses give us something to whine and gossip about however from a productivity stand-point bad bosses are a liability for business. Just how bad are they? Freakeconomics author Stephen Dubner, in this podcast, gets out the measuring stick.
3) You Inc.
A far too common problem in personal finance I've discovered is that people tend to treat their money in isolation from their goals and also without careful consideration of all the small but powerful choices they can make to either help or hinder wealth creation. Money Crush makes a similar point in their latest post here enjoining readers to treat their finances like a well run business.
4) Diary of a self-employed guitarist
As a freshly self-employed journalist/yoga instructor, I have to profess to a bit of anxiety and nervousness about the future. I supposed that's just normal. Actually since making the leap, work opportunities are presenting themselves and I'm overall pleased in the direction I'm moving. It's not for everyone obviously but the risk so far has proven rewarding. Here's another view (via Guardian Money) from a self-employed guitarist who has proven the stereotype of the starving artist wrong.
5) Excessive partying
One of the things I was happy to leave behind in North America was excess, which was starting to spill into every sphere possible. An obvious example is children's birthday parties. Even with the toddlers, I could see the party pressures starting to mount. I've seen evidence of the same here in New Zealand with children being lavished with over the top birthday party craziness. Here's more from Get Rich Slowly are partying within your means.
And for a laugh, be grateful this is not your boss.