I regularly read about 40 different sites and have another 40 or more that I read when I can. And it seems every day, I find another great site to follow.
This is my second installment of the must read series. The first is here. The sites that I list below are all wonderful and I highly recommend spending some time on each one. But with that said, there are so many other great sites that I haven’t included below. So by no means should this be considered an all-inclusive list. Instead, this is simply a list of five articles that I recently read and that captured my attention in some way.
If I didn’t get to one of your articles, please do not be offended. I am always open to hearing from readers about other articles they especially enjoyed – no matter who wrote them.
Enjoy these five personal finance articles covering a wide spectrum and please let me know what you think.
Must Read Personal Finance Articles
This is a unique article about figuring out a creative way to breathe new life back into an old item. Ever since I was a child, I have always been fascinated with taking things apart. Mostly old electronics, tools, and household items, I wanted to know how they worked. And honestly, I still have tubs and tubs of disassembled parts sitting in my garage – I am also something of a pack rat.
Although I took things apart, rarely did I try putting them back together. But after reading this article, I am motivated to pull out a few old items and see if I can get them working again. Read the article and let me know if you have any of your own old things that you will be giving new life to.
This is such a funny article describing a situation in which the writer is involved in a verbal altercation with a customer claiming to have detailed knowledge of specific rules and regulations in the banking industry. Many of us have had to deal with people who are self-proclaimed, so-called experts because they have done a little internet research.
What is clear is that while the so-called expert thinks he knows what he’s talking about, the writer does know what he’s talking about. But as they say, a little knowledge (especially for a Google Law Professor) is a dangerous thing.
So often, the fear of failure stops people from even trying new things. For many, that fear can be paralyzing. This article describes how a 14 year-old boy saw an opportunity and created a company to take advantage of it. If this young man can find the courage to do this, why do so many others struggle?
It is a great topic for discussion. Please read the article and leave your thoughts. I am interested to hear how others deal with the fear of failure.
Education is an important topic for me. I’ve written other articles about my views on the subject. When done properly, education can be a great equalizer for people of different socio-economic backgrounds. But so often it seems our educational system fails under massive bureaucracy and ineffectiveness.
This article discusses how our educational system is struggling to adequately prepare young people not just to survive, but to thrive in the world. Read the article and consider what is it you want from an educational system?
I appreciate articles that challenge conventional thinking. In this case, the writer challenges the reader to reject not just the normal thinking of retirement, but also to reject the ideas cultivated by the early retirement community. Retirement can come in many forms and can be achieved in many different ways.
The challenge for us all is finding our own path to a goal.
That’s it for now. As I said before, these are all great sites. Please visit them, read these personal finance articles and many of the other wonderful articles you will find there. And make a comment or two. The authors on these sites are responsive and will comment back. That’s one of the great things I love about these sites.
Readers, please let me know what you thought about these personal finance articles?