4 Articles and 1 Podcast that made me smarter this month

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Credits: James Tarbotton

As a Personal Finance blogger, I love the diversity of view-points and topics that are around us and some of the content is really great. It helps me understand some of the big trends and make better decisions on my own journey to Financial Independence.

I’ve selected for you 4 great articles and 1 podcast that made me smarter in October.

This month has been the busiest in a long time. My wife and I have been on a quest to buy a house under less than 2 weeks. I covered the reasons of the sudden search in my previous post on how the bank would have lent us over 1M$ to buy a house if we had listened to them. It’s been a great, if somewhat stressful, experience but also rewarding since we found the house we were looking for. Our main goal was to make a good investment, which led me to lay down the criterias we used to Calculate the ROI of a Real-Estate Investment.

So of course, I’ve read a lot more on real-estate this month than anything else and some of the most useful have been : How your house is a bad investment by jlcollinsnh is a must read, The Perfect Passive Income Real-Estate investment by Making Sense of Cents, How to Buy a Rental Property by BiggerPockets and the 4-part analysis of the True Cost of Owning a Home from Kythesis to estimate annual repair costs.

Below are some of my favorite articles this month and 1 podcast!

1The NorthernExpenditure: 5 Steps to Negotiate a Raise (and the proof it works)

Early October, the NorthernExpenditure posted an article on What to say to earn a Raise with 5 simple steps that everyone can follow. But what are advices if they can’t be validated by their results? That’s precisely what Maggie did when she implemented her own method. Three weeks later, she had received a 33% salary increase. If you are wondering how to ask for a raise, this is a great read!

“These people, she said, are “above nationality and laws.” Asked to give an example, she related the story of an in-person consultation with a client who seemed to have found a way to ignore the laws of multiple countries with no negative consequences. The client was so powerful that he was able to extend this immunity from the law to this wealth manager and her boss, at least for the duration of time they were working for him[…]” Read More.

“What would you do to earn money if all you had was five dollars and two hours? This is the assignment I gave students in one of my classes at Stanford University, as part of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program…”. The results are surprising but also very much inspiring!

Some folks can be extreme and while this is creative, this is definitely not for everyone. Ok, the article didn’t make me smarter, but that was an entertaining read 🙂

The SPI podcasts are some of my favorites: the interviews are relatively short (~35min), the discussion is very much focused on the topic and Pat’s interviews usually deliver a ton of value to its listeners. This podcast is no exception and Julian’s story on how he grew his business is particularly entertaining as he overcame more hurdles than most but still succeeded (how about a story where you get kicked out of the country you started your business in, got all your bank accounts frozen, had to get someone to bail you out and still managed to succeed?)

There is so much great content available online and offline, if you have read / watched / listened to some content this month, please share!

-Nick

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m honored to be included! You make me sound so wise… forget the awesome part about my kids accidentally forcing me into being brave! 🙂 Happy Friday!

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