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Your first step to living your dream is working out exactly what makes you happy. Your dream may be summed up in a simple job description - dancer, actor, artist, therapist. But the right answer is usually more ...

Chart Your Happiness

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Having enough money from your passion can be a scary thought, until you realize that it is a finite number. The simplest way to find out how much money you need is to look at your bank statements. Find out how much goes ...

Limit Your Costs

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You might have a pretty clear of your dream job. Perhaps the city you wish to be in, and the type of activities you wish to do. All this is great. But the sooner you can start to replace some of your hated work with ...

Extend Opportunities

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You should now have: • An idea of the things you most enjoy doing (perhaps prioritized) • An idea of how little money you really need, to do your passion full time • A large list of more enjoyable ways to ...

Pay Yourself First

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The good news, is even if you have only made $1, you have reduced your reliance on your old job or jobs, and started to live just a little more your dream. You need data, however, to work out your progress. The best way ...

Chart Your Progress

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You now need to keep pushing things gently in the direction you want to go. You may be working evenings or a day on the weekend on your more desirable type activities. If you work for somebody else, you may be able to ...

Incentivize Others

Hedge Funds look at all sorts of data to gain an edge over the market. The ideal market insight tool you might imagine would be some sort of micro-blogging platform, where millions of people would express how they are ...

Twitter Beats the Stock Market

Poverty has many causes, not all of it under our self control. But the latest research on willpower has some surprising and useful insights for anyone wishing to change their financial situation. In a nutshell, the ...

Change Your Finances through 10 Counterintuitive Willpower Tricks

In this TED talk, designer Stefan Sagmeister reveals how he applied one key idea to get more happiness: "do less of the things that make you unhappy, and more of the things that make you happy." A compulsive list maker, ...

7 Tips For Happy Work

Watchmen comic book author Alan Moore on why you should stick with your passions, and particularly your unique identity and experiences - to succeed in life. And there is a nice little touch where he suggests why you ...

Keeping it Real

There is a great article over at Inc.com by Jason Fried of 37signals. Comparing making money to learning to play the drums well, he emphasizes the importance of practice. I have a degree in finance, but I don't remember ...

How to Make Money? Practice.

Warren Buffett said buying a home was the third-best investment he ever made. The first? Wedding rings he bought for his first wife (Susan Thompson) his second wife (Astrid Menks). Buffett wrote to shareholders of his ...

Warren Buffett’s Best Ever Investments?

A dying Wall Street mogul decides to write a book in his last few months left to him. It contains the secrets of investing, and he wants average people to have access to it. Is it the Da Vinci code of investment? Well, ...

How to Book by a Dying Banker

This great lecture, given by Charles Munger (Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway), was one of the best I've read for a while. It's 'dessert' is his advice on how to pick stocks, but the 'vegetables' might be the most ...

Money Wisdom – from Physics, Biology, Psychology and Magic

This article is a ripper. It looks at the aging demographic in Western countries, and finds a correlation in the makeup of Japanese society 20 odd years ago. It seems the boom and corresponding bust there is, in many ways, a ...

Invest in What Happened 20 Years Ago

Tim Ferriss - author of the Four Hour Work Week - has a strange writing style it is true, he manages to prick your suspicions with his glowing, problem-free solutions to life's biggest problems. But his logic is nearly ...

Costing Your Ideal Life

An interesting story came out recently in The Christian Science Monitor. According to research by Mark Thorton, an economic crash in a particular country or region can be predicted by a spate of 'world's tallest buildings' ...

Predicting Economic Crashes Through Architecture

I was speaking with an investment adviser the other day, and he let me in on this little tip to save $5,000. For lack of a better name, we'll call it the $5 trick. A woman recently walked into his office with $5,000 cash, ...

The $5 Trick to Saving $5,000

Ok, schooltime again, everyone take a seat and spit out your gum. Today's lesson is from Jerry Kaplan (Google it), and a lecture he gave at Stanford listing the five biggest mistakes he's seen others make. The first ...

The Five Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

One of the most refreshing developments in the entrepreneur world is the emergence of the short business plan. In the 80's and 90's it was all about the maxi plan - include everything that can possibly be calculated, ...

Short, Simple and Sweet Business Plans

Many of us have a skill, art, talent or dream we know is lying dormant, ready to let rip if the opportunity arises. Perhaps you are a keen musician, have a novel rattling around in your head (or at least the love of coffee ...

Making Money From Your Art

There's an interesting thread over at Namepros, which is the leading forum for investing in internet domain names, but also talks about other aspects of making money on the internet. The question was what was the easiest way ...

How To Earn $20,000