“I don’t know and don’t care because it doesn’t matter to what I’m doing.” 1. Not Caring: A Unique and Powerful Skill (Morgan Housel, 2/28/2019) A rule of thumb is to prefer the strategy that’s likely to get you closest to your goal with the fewest number of decisions needed along the way. Figure out what you can control and obsess over it. Identify what doesn’t matter and ignore it. Determine what you’re incapable of...

The evolution of how we think about money. Where are you on this journey? 1. Out of the Swamp (Humble Dollar, 2/16/2019) We can measure our financial progress by the size of our net worth. But that’s hardly the only gauge. Equally important, I’d argue, is the evolution in how we think about money—and how we use it to improve our lives. What does this journey look like? I picture it as having five...

The Geometry of Wealth: How to shape a life of money and meaning  Last night I finished reading The Geometry of Wealth and wanted to share a few choice excerpts from this thoughtful book by behavioral finance expert Brian Portnoy. A description of the book: How does money figure into a happy life? In The Geometry of Wealth, behavioral finance expert Brian Portnoy delivers an inspired answer, building on the critical distinction between being...

As it turns out, a timeless technique for managing your temper is equally excellent advice for safeguarding your online security in today’s fast-paced world. Just as we’re advised to “count to ten” in the heat of an argument, it’s increasingly imperative to “think before you click” on incoming emails, to avoid falling for email phishing scams on the rise. After all, we’re all human; none of us is immune from occasionally...

We are trapped in the “Never-Ending Now,” consuming only social media content created within the last 24 hours 1.  The Never-Ending Now (David Perell, 11/13/2018) “You are what you consume. End of story. Here’s Tim Wu writing in The Attention Merchants: ‘Any and all information that one consumes—pays attention to—will have some influence… As William James observed, we must reflect that, when we reach the end of our days, our life experience will equal what we have...

The Happiness Equation         As Brad Steiman of Dimensional fund Advisors writes in this article: Mo Gawdat, a serial entrepreneur and Chief Business Officer at Google X, tried to engineer a path to joy in his book, Solve for Happy, by expressing happiness as an equation. HAPPINESS ≥ Your Perception of the EVENTS of your life − Your EXPECTATIONS of how life should behave According to Gawdat’s model, if you perceive events as equal to...

Benefits of a shorter workweek 1. Every Weekend Should Be a 3-Day Weekend (The Cut, 9/4/2015) “The bulk of the research in medicine, sleep, cognitive science, and organizational psychology overwhelmingly suggests that a shorter workweek should be the norm rather than the holiday-weekend exception.” Another benefit to drinking water all day 2.  Why Sitting at Your Computer All Day Can Wipe You Out (The Cut, 7/19/2017) “’We’re animals that are designed to exercise physically as well as mentally,”...

Someone who is uniquely positioned as both a physician & financial planner offers advice on health care In 3 Ways to Stand Up to the Healthcare System & Control Costs, Dr. Carolyn McClanahan, CFP® shares “three ways to effect change in our system, get better care, and control your health care costs.” A must read for everyone. Additional Reading: Any of her previous articles on health care here including “The Lettuce Scare...

The price of financial illiteracy is steep In Magna Cum Lousy, Tony Isola laments that we are failing our children by not educating them about personal finance. “Imagine: you give a teenager access to car keys when they have never driven a car or taken Driver’s Education.  You simply tell them to drive carefully and you hope for the best. That would be setting them up for failure, and yet, we do...

Ideas that change how you think about the world “You spend years trying to learn new stuff but then look back and realize that maybe like 10 big ideas truly changed how you think and drive most of what you believe.” Morgan Housel shares his list in “Ideas that Changed My Life”. What defines you? In “Ring Life’s Bell”, Tony Isola talks about his family’s personal experience with pediatric cancer and...