You spend most of your waking hours at work. So, spend a few of those waking hours when you're not at work thinking about how to improve the hours that you are working. Often, improving your work means you can improve your work conditions and compensation.
Many people in their 20s feel stagnant in their job(s). Don't let that be you.
Here's a list of useful resources. I'll update this occasionally.
Why this list of books, Josh? Why not just write "the best career advice ever! #7 will amazing you!" and call it a day?
Because I don't know things. I've stumbled into some things that seem to work, and along the way encountered many things that seem not to work. Read More
We like to buy things. But we should do more than just buy things.
Experiences can have a much bigger impact on people’s happiness than things, and a big part of that happiness lies in looking forward to the experience that you are going to have.
This article is long, but it is worth a read.
If you have $100 to spend on something, schedule something you will look forward to for a week or a month. Looking forward to something is as important as enjoying the thing itself.
If you want to have 4x the fun, invite someone along. Read More
I recently read a short piece about using software to improve your own writing. To paraphrase one of the suggestions: “do away with weasel words, the passive voice, adverbs, cliches.”
I’m adding “complex sentences” to the list.
Out of curiosity, I looked through things that I’ve written. I am not pleased.
I am wordy. I create complex sentences, then interrupt myself in the middle.
(The last sentence started out as "I tend to be verbose and wordy, with many complex sentences filled with interruptions.” Anyone who can write “verbose and wordy” without immediately cringing ought to be kept far from a keyboard.) Read More
Note: This is an unedited draft of a post from July 5, 2015. Almost exactly one year ago, written after a week in Buenos Aires. Since writing this post, Kristi and I have continued on to more than a year of non-stop travel, though we're settling down back in Golden, CO in about two months.
Kristi and I arrived here in Buenos Aires less than a week ago. We've quickly found a routine in some ways, and in others, are still very out of our routine.
- No matter where you go, you are still you. If you want to escape from all your insecurities, disappointments, and challenges, you have to figure out how to not take yourself along.
I'm struggling to know what to write about The Millionaire Next Door.
It's got many wonderful traits, and I strongly recommend that you read it (I wouldn't mention it otherwise) but it's got some flaws. I'm afraid if I focus on the flaws, I'll turn people off from it that might otherwise read it, but if I don't, I'll do readers a disservice.
So, here we go:
- Most of us have an incorrect perception of what it looks like to be a millionaire, and that colors our thinking about wealth. (Hint: the "average" millionaire looks pretty unremarkable.)
TL;DR: Buy a blind spot mirror for your car. They are $2, and can keep you from getting in an accident. Not a lot of people have them, though they're awesome.
I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about how to make driving safer.
Step 1 to making driving safer is "don't drive". (See also "increasing safety while wrestling with alligators" and "increasing safety with home-made parachutes"). Read More
I'm not here to talk about Twitter and Instagram, which... I use too much. Lets talk about things that make my life better, and might do the same for you.
(If you're an iPhone user, just Google for the iOS version of the following tools. They're all out there)
Rewire App: "Recurring behavior" tracking
I wrote "Habit tracking" originally, but I don't like that phrasing. I'm all for good habits, or eliminating bad ones, but I don't think you should try to form a new habit until you've figured out how to make it really, really easy. Read More
I'm playing with Michael Hartl's Learn Enough Ruby book.
I'll throw basic things I learn along the way on here.
A good starting point is using your command line. I use iTerm2 for my terminal instead of the default Terminal installation.
To get up and running in your terminal, you might start using Homebrew. It'll install programs you will want/need easily, and keep them up to date. Lots of tools you need have installation instructions that says
To install: brew wget
A month ago, I decided to publish something every day for at least thirty days.
I read a few others who did something similar, and discussed all the benefits. I've found myself struggling with creating something and then making it public. (Public here, on another project, or at work.)
I also had a bit of a backlog of ideas or a scattered few paragraphs on a topic. In my head, these would all turn into comprehensive tomes that would be the end-all resource on a subject. With those expectations, I would never, ever write them.
So, here we are, thirty one published posts later (this is #32), and in no specific order, is what I've learned:
1. Writing every day is time consuming. Read More
tl;dr: Before you start looking at colleges, be able to discuss coherently the following three topics:
- Opportunity cost
If you can wrap your head around that, you'll be ahead of most of your peers. I've got a few links for you farther down in this article.
What you should learn in college, or at least know by the time you graduate:
- time management
- how to interact with peers as you might in a professional environment
- research skills
- problem solving
- How to write a paper