It’s that time again – I’m sharing my favourite links of the week!
First up – Kraig at Young Cheap Living takes a look at personal accountability. He did an honest analysis on himself, and I love this topic, because accountability is a big deal to me. I’m in debt because of decisions *I* made – no one else is to blame. At work, I take responsibility for the decisions I make. When my team does well, I share the praise freely. When we don’t, I accept that better leadership from me was required. It’s tough to do sometimes!
This week there was an article at Bible Money Matters about the Five Things You Shouldn’t Do if You Have Debt. All five points make sense, even if I’m not following all of them (hello, vacations and travel, I’m talking about you). Vacations, major renovations, and going back to school can slow your debt repayment (or even add to your debt) so fast!
OK this is a personal finance blog, but Andrea from So Over Debt also writes a blog about blogging called Curiosity Killed the Blog… and she’s awesome at explaining stuff over there! This week she wrote a post about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) that actually made it make sense for me. So I’m sharing a little love for her here, because she deserves it!
This week on Free Money Finance, a reminder of some of the simple basics of personal finance – becoming wealthy is simple. It’s not easy, but it’s not complicated either! Rule #1 – spend less than you earn. Sometimes reminding ourselves of the fundamental principles helps keep us on track.
I’m featuring two articles from Broke Professionals this week – the first because I’m a GEEK, and proud of it! Build yourself a Star Trek team. Now who could resist a title like that? Marie’s point, however, was a well functioning team can do great things, and if you work with teams of any kind, making them highly functional will benefit your organization. I am currently the leader of a very dysfunctional team, so I know she’s right!
The second article talks about professional jealousy – comparing your career to that of other people, and seeing the material wealth you may have given up to pursue a dream. Marie discovered that her doctor friend with the big beautiful house had hand-me-down furniture and wished she could spend more time with her children – something Marie could do because of her flexible career. I understand some of this – I’m in a good career place now, but when I was doing my MBA, I was in classes with so many people who were 10 years younger than me and in similar or better career positions, and I was jealous! ButI had my children young, and at 40 I don’t have toddlers to chase – it’s all about choices!
I’ve been adding new (to me) PF blogs to me Reader this week, so next week I should have lots of great posts to share. Until then, I hope you enjoyed this week’s offering!