Best of the week – June 13, 2015

Here are some articles that caught my eye this week…

How to Plan Your Retirement Whether You’re 20 or 80: Get Started with this Simple Retirement Checklist for Each Stage of Life

Really good game plans for all stages of life. The bottom line is it is unwise to plan for the government or a company pension to take care of you in your retirement years. It is your life. Take charge! The younger you begin to make these preparations the easier it is.

3 Home Improvements You Shouldn’t Make

I’ve always thought these articles are largely dependent on whether you are planning to sell your home. If you plan to live in your home for the next 30 years and want to make some improvements to make it suit your needs better (provided you can pay for it in cash) then go for it. But if you are thinking of selling in a few years, then it is important to validate whether your planned improvements make sense. If there is no chance you can even come close to getting that money back out when you sell, then all you are doing is paying for someone else to have a nice house.

Money in Your 20s vs. Your 30s

Amusing. Scary. How many of these scenarios sound famliar? I know I did several of these.

What Would You Buy If You Had an Extra $50? $500? $5,000?

This was me for many years of my life. Everytime I would get a raise at work the first thought was what I could now buy with the extra money. Then I’d wonder why I never had anything left over at the end of the month. Finally had to stop and realize the problem was me.

10 Qualities Desirable In An Employee

Many times our jobs are what we make of them. Good employees can be hard to find. Any worthwhile employer will bend over backwards for an employee who exhibits these qualities. And if they don’t, then they are probably not an employer who is going to have long-term success anyway. I’ve seen too many people lose their jobs over seemingly minor things, yet the truth was they had never done anything to make themselves valuable to their employer.

“THE S.W.E.A.T. PLEDGE”

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame has created the S.W.E.A.T. pledge: Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo. Great list. I challenge you to accept the pledge. Are you willing to commit?

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