Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the content that inspired me in some way in the past week. This week, I didn’t listen to any podcasts (gasp!), but I watched some videos that inspired me. Maybe I need to tweak that headline?
If you’ve seen my Highly Effective Money Management Matrix, you know I love when people apply a system used for one thing to something else. Most of us are familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that shows the natural order in which we need fulfillment in order to survive and then thrive. Brandon has taken that concept and reworked it for financial well-being, and he’s made a compelling case for how we grow from caring about money from a bare-bones survival aspect to transcending that concern and realizing that once we have that covered, there’s a whole life out there to live. It’s a fascinating read that I highly recommend.
High school students have no way of knowing which career to choose. Why do we make them do it anyway? – Bitches Get Riches
This touches on so many of the thoughts I’ve had about student debt, teens becoming adults, and the future of higher education. The life experience of most 18-year-olds is a carefully curated, mostly scripted play with some room for interpretation. They go to school. They learn from the curriculum approved by large group of people, and they’re basically told that’s it, figure it out. Oddly enough, I watched a couple of brilliant TED talks about the problem with this approach to education from Ken Robinson, called “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” and “Bring on the Learning Revolution!” for work purposes, but there’s an important crossover issue there. You should most definitely watch those, because Robinson is absolutely hilarious as well as bitingly insightful. (They only have about 57 million views between them. Clearly these ideas need my help to spread. Oh, and I also watched Robinson’s one-hour program on Netflix, “Finding Your Element,” which was on My List even before I watched the TED talks. The universe is trying to tell me something.) When you’re all done with that, check out the Bitches’ follow-up article, “Actually helpful, nuanced, non-bullshit way to choose a future career.”
Fritz points out a new benefit of the recently passed tax law that allows retirees to convert more of their pre-tax retirement savings to post-tax savings. This could help reduce future tax burdens for people who would be required to make hefty required minimum distributions that could bump them into higher tax brackets in the future. If you or someone you know is retired or nearing retirement, this is a post that could save quite a bit of money down the road. I shared it with my parents!