What your Conflict Reveals About your Character

What your Conflict Reveals About your Character

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be discussing a vitally important topic that I literally think about on a daily basis. It’s a self-reflection point I dissect regularly – what does your conflict reveal about your character?   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       What your Conflict Reveals About your Character   My dad (Pops) always told me, “It’s easy to lead when everything is going well. But your actions when you’re behind and fighting for life are what reveal your true character.”   Dude was 100% on point with that advice.   First, some current events, then a personal anecdote, and we’ll finish with a challenge question to you.   …Yeah – YOU.     October 29, 2018 – a Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane crashed at sea   All 189 souls on board did not […]

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What I Learned About Success From Interviewing Wildly Successful People

  This post originally appeared on The Money Mix and is republished here with their permission   (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)     When you think of success what comes to mind?   You probably think of a great business leader like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Elon Musk. Right?   Some of you may think of an A-list celebrity like Kim Kardashian or Taylor Swift. There is no doubt they are all successful people.   However, people define success in countless ways. From the amount of money in their bank account to the number of followers they have on Instagram, everyone strives to achieve their own version of success.   Whichever way someone chooses to define success, it takes hard work, consistency, and persistence.   My passion for helping my readers reach their financial goals led me to interviewing celebrities, influencers and business leaders. Sharing their stories brought […]

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What Me Quitting Twitter Has to Do with Your Life

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’m quitting Twitter for a while and telling you why you should care.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     A break in the game?    Check the phone.   Daughter steps out of the room?   Check the phone.   Sit on the toilet?   …Didn’t want to go there but, desperate times – ya know?   Say it with me: “Check the phone!”    It’s damn exhausting – so why do we continue to do it? Well, my friends – I no longer will.   I’m quitting Twitter (for a while) and it may have some impact on your life   I was inspired by my friend, Scott (Making Momentum) when he pulled the trigger and took all social media off his phone and severely limited what he’d allow himself to […]

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So you Want to Teach your Kids About Money but Don’t Know How?

So you Want to Teach your Kids About Money but Don't Know How?

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be letting you know about a brand new way to help parents teach their kids about money – and have fun doing it – with Family Money School.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     Alright, Team, one thing to mention up front – if you like what you see in the product below and decide to make a purchase through one of the links in this post, I’ll get a small kickback for referring you to the course at no extra cost to you.   Why do I mention that?    Well, a couple of reasons… I’m next to positive it’s the law, I value your trust and try to be as transparent as possible with all the content on this blog, and I’ve never directly pitched a product on the […]

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“I Need to Lose 25 Pounds of Baby Weight – Help!”

"I Need to Lose 25 Pounds of Baby Weight - Help!" #fitness #calories #weightloss #health

    “I need to lose this baby weight but I have no idea how…” Her words both excited and terrified me at the same time. You see, my wife had asked me for fitness help in the past. And while things were great at the onset, I became more like “hardcore drill sergeant” and less like “caring and supportive husband”. Ultimately she started doing her own thing, we quit working out together, and my workouts haven’t been as spicy or fun since…   That was about 7 years ago and stasis has persisted from that moment forward.   Until today.   Today my wife was able to overcome the memory of me being an overly intense coach and the one who drove her away from P90X3 for good, all because she now faces an obstacle she’s never seen.   The woman was a track star, college volleyballer, and has […]

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How to not Let Cognitive Biases Delay Your Financial Freedom

How to not Let Cognitive Biases Delay Your Financial Freedom #biases #freedom #personalgrowth

    Hello, MikedUp Blog readers!  My name is Jerry, the creator of Peerless Money Mentor – a personal finance site that is primarily focused on helping people become financially woke, and I’m here to discuss how to not let cognitive biases delay your financial freedom.     First of all, I’d like to thank Mike for letting me borrow his digital space.  I always find his content very entertaining and highly informative.   Today, I will talk about something we all struggle with: cognitive biases.  While there are about 20 cognitive biases I can name off the top of my head, I have narrowed the list down to two.  We will discuss the sunk-cost fallacy and recency bias.   I’ll tell a story of how I have struggled to overcome each one of these biases and provide examples.  After covering each cognitive bias, I’ll provide a potential solution for […]

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Beware of the Negative Comparison Game – You Do You

Beware of the Negative Comparison Game - You Do You

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), Scott (from Making Momentum) will be letting you know why comparing your success against that of your peers is a waste of time and mental energy.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”         Hello MikedUp Blog Readers and a big thanks to Mike for letting me contribute to CE Friday’s! It’s my pleasure to be back for a third time (Wins And Losses and Walks To Work Interview) on the site.     Today I’m diving into something that has been on my mind lately. It also came up in recent conversations around the office when a coworker was talking about how much “further ahead in life” their friends from university are.   With that in mind, I say…don’t play the negative comparison game, do you and start big or start […]

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The Blogs and Podcasts I Absolutely Love

    Big thanks to a personal finance blogging icon (and Mt. Rushmore fixture) – J. Money from BudgetsAreSexy – for calling me out and letting me know that this sorta thing used to be a requirement…   As a personal finance writer (and, dare I say, community member) for the past 3 years, I’ve had the great fortune of getting to know some incredible people and great writers. So, the list below is to let you know the folks who I can’t stop reading. My hope is that you’ll find a few that you love as well!   Last updated 3-20-19   My Favorite Personal Finance Blogs Accidental Fire (Makes numbers sexier than anyone can – his stuff “wows” me) Bitches Get Riches (Great content with zero filters) Budgets Are Sexy (All things personal finance – I learn something new with each visit) Dr. Breath Easy Finance (Love his […]

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To New Beginnings, Well-Wishes, and a Heart-Felt “Thank You”

To New Beginnings, Well-Wishes, and a Heart-Felt "Thank You"

Keeping on brand with my “Year of Change,” and after receiving a shocking 2-weeks notice from one of our 5 employees, I will be officially ‘retiring’ from my cushy state job as a forensic scientist today – March 8, 2019 – after 7.5 years on the job. And although my wife, coworkers, and (former) boss all have an issue with me using the word ‘retirement’ 😉 – the facts are that I’ll no longer be working where I’ve worked for over 7 years. I’ll not be collecting that ‘very nice’ paycheck with it’s ‘very nice’ benefits. And frankly – I’m both terrified and overjoyed…   This is the farewell email I sent to my coworkers earlier, and as you can tell – this place left a huge mark on my life.   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   …To New Beginnings, Well-Wishes, and a Heart-Felt “Thank You”     I’ll be […]

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