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The purpose of this blog is help people improve their Mind, Body, Soul (relationships) and their Money.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Outside Wages Wednesday # 2

SO I earned some interest on the bank accounts and that's about where the income ends.

money spent = $559.26
Money earned = $4.49
Balance = $554.77

So I made more than $0 this week - I love it. Now to shoot for double digits.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Outside Wages Wednesday #1

So, I think it's time to start tracking my expenses better and also keep track of how much I am making outside of work. The logic being - what you focus on is much easier to track than what you don't focus on.

Now, I'm not going to share with the world what paltry pennies I make during my day job but, I do intend to share with you how much I spend each week and also how much outside the day job I bring home. My goal is to do this for at least a year but, who can predict the future?

So, for now I'll commit to do this each Wednesday until at least my May.

Without further ado - here we go:

For the week of 2/16/12 - 2/22/12

Expenses:                            $785.00
Outside Work Earnings:       $0.00
Net result:                            $-785.00

"OWW" indeed

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Books I've read in January 2012

You Inc - By Harry Beckwith & Christine Clifford Beckwith

Summary: This book is about both finding the right position and/or vocation for you while at the same time talks about how to market - yourself, your business and/or brand ...well.

My Opinion: I really liked this book, the authors talk quite a bit about their experiences within the Marketing world while at the same time they talk about how you can market yourself to become the best candidate whether your being interviewed by a potential employer or potential clients.

Key Point: "TIME - some people give and others take. Assess that immediately. Give your time lavishly to people who give, and avoid those who take." ...nuff said

On Writing - By Stephen King

Summary: Stephen King, the undisputed master of the horror genre of books for the past 30+ years pulls back the curtain and talks a little bit about his craft. He talks about how both his life - from the moment he knew he didn't have to be a teacher anymore, to the moment he was a few hours away from a premature visit with the Grim Reaper - while at the same time gives all types of golden nuggets on how a mediocre writer can become a good writer.

My Opinion: An excellent read. Mr. King tells it like it is and pulls no punches in describing what makes a good writer to a God-awful one. He shares his hatred for adverbs. He talks about how he got the idea for some of his most famous books - for example Christine was triggered by the thought of a high school outcast he once knew - and most importantly he talks about the 'work'. The 'work' being sitting down, and writing ...everyday.

Key Point: Honestly, if one of the best-selling writers in the past 30 years tells you the best way to write a book...wouldn't you listen?