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Month: November 2017 (Page 2 of 2)

The Dude abides: The Big Lebowski’s hidden lessons about homeowners insurance

A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about. Fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least, that was the handle on his insurance forms, but he never had much use for it himself. This Lebowski, he called himself the Dude.

Sometimes there’s a man who, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there — and that’s the Dude, in Los Angeles. … And even if he’s a lazy man, and the Dude was certainly that — quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin’ for laziest worldwide — but sometimes there’s a man. … sometimes there’s a man.

If you haven’t seen “The Big Lebowski,” well, you should really do that. I’ll wait.

OK, fine, watch it later. Grab a Caucasian, man, while I hit the high points and explain how the movie and homeowners insurance are eerily linked.

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Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher: FinCon edition. I spent last week in Dallas with hundreds of money bloggers, podcasters, video folk and the like swapping stories and learning a ton. This week’s roundup features just a few of the amazing people I met, as well as a roundup of FinCon recaps from them. Continue reading

30-day experiment #2: “Creating” for an hour a day

This is the second month of my 30-day experiments series. Last month, I began a daily journaling experiment to see whether I would get as much out of the exercise as so many high-performers I had heard on podcasts or read in articles. The results were positive.

For at least the first several of these experiments I’m going to add something to my life rather than restrict something. I don’t want them to feel like some kind of diet or deprivation or punishment. That’s not going to get me excited about the challenge. Continue reading

30-day experiment #1 results: Journaling

For the month of October, I began an experiment of daily journaling. Journaling comes up over and over again in podcasts with high-performing people and in blog posts on productivity.

You might think a writer would naturally gravitate to journaling, but I’ve never felt the urge to pick up that habit. Then I listened to Tim Ferriss’ interview with Phil Keoghan and decided I had to start journaling and see what happened.

In my mid-point check-in, I was happy with the progress. I had stuck with my writing schedule — right before bed or first thing in the morning while the previous day was still fresh — and I documented some interesting events that I wanted to remember with some clarity. What happened after that? Continue reading

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