Donating to the Boston Marathon Victims

Donating to the Boston Marathon Victims

On Monday, April 15, 2013 my wife and I participated in the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. Runners and non runners both know how special and uplifting this event can be, and we were privileged to be able to run through that amazing city.

As you know, there was a horrific and cowardly bombing at the finish line, which killed several people and wounded many more. What was supposed to be a cheerful, celebratory Patriot’s Day event became every family’s worst nightmare. 

We’ve all seen pictures and videos of what happened, and we all know that many people suffered profound losses. Some lost loved ones, some lost limbs, and some lost their innocence in witnessing one of the worst acts a human can commit.

Helping the Boston Marathon Victims

This was my second time running the Boston Marathon, and the city and event will always have a special place in my heart. To that end, I’m donating 50% of all proceeds from The Mint Manual for the next month to The One Fund Boston – a charity set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the Boston Marathon victims.

For more information about the fund, click here.

 

 

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Sales Lesson I Learned Raising Money for Charity

Sales Lessons I Learned Raising Money for Charity

In 2012, I was on a team of friends and family that raised over $5,000 for Livestrong by running the Chicago Marathon. While I was worried about badgering people during the fundraising process, I learned a valuable lesson that applies to just about any sales pitch (and one more reason you should consider a job in sales). (more…)

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11 Apps That I Love

11 Apps That I Love
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I love talking to people about what apps they use. Whether it’s smart phone or tablet apps, web apps, or plugins, I love hearing what tech makes people’s lives easier. I also get asked about my own quiver of apps from time to time, so I thought I’d share those here. I’ll probably update this list as things move into or out of use, but here’s my current starting line-up. Most of these are free, but I pay pro accounts on a few.

Note: I omit the really obvious apps like Twitter, Facebook, Pandora, etc. I tried to include some lesser-known ones, but please add anything you think I missed and should really try.

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Money Isn’t Holding You Back, Excuses Are

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I recently wrote that insecure people are ugly. They are, but this pathetic excuse-maker on Reddit (found via @Ramit) is uglier, bitching that only people with money can become wealthy or “make it.” I can’t stand excuses like this.

Let’s begin with the most obvious. Your problem isn’t a lack of money, guy, it’s a lack of focus and a surplus of excuses. You complain about how hard it is to launch a side project and then piss your time away on Reddit. What a fool. (more…)

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Use an Incentive to be More Successful (and Get More Done)

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To begin 2011, 57-year old Martha Staten decided on an ambitious New Year’s resolution – to run every day for a year. 365 days, no exceptions. That’s definitely a lofty goal, so she added an unusual incentive to help reach her goal. Each day she ran, she’d drink a different beer. That way, if she tried talking herself out of a run, she knew she’d also miss out on the beer.

Is discipline the answer?

I try to be disciplined, but when it’s all said and done, no one is all that disciplined.

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Two Weeks of FORCED Vacation for Bankers?

Two Weeks of FORCED Vacation for Bankers?
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Thanks to a tweet by Ramit Sethi, I saw a very intriguing statement by the FDIC regarding paid time off for bank employees. In short, the FDIC strongly urges banks to basically impose at least 14 consecutive days away from work for all active bankers.

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Insecure People Are Ugly

Insecure People Are Ugly
From Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement

I like to watch people’s reactions when they hear about someone else’s good news. Whether it’s a promotion, a big sale, or some other big win, good news can bring out the worst in people.

Why?

In my experience, it’s all about one’s personal security (or insecurity). The more insecure a person is, the worse he or she responds to another person’s good news. This might seem obvious but it’s actually quite ironic. (more…)

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Atlas Shrugged and Productivity

Atlas Shrugged?
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Earlier today, when I was waiting for the notary who was AN HOUR LATE to my refinance closing, I obviously opened up my Facebook page to kill time while I waited.

Now, I have many issues with Ayn Rand, but I’m still a huge Atlas Shrugged fan. No, I don’t dream of a sharp-elbowed society where all the poor are left to starve and government plays no role. But I do believe in personal accountability, that people are capable of amazing things if they are free and compelled to be productive, and that too much government tends to retard the aforementioned points. (more…)

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Ben Franklin and the Stolen iPad

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As I mentioned in my last post, I recently traveled to Asia. From Shanghai we went on to Taiwan, where most of my wife’s family still lives. After some time in Taipei, we went to picturesque Hualien (which was amazingly beautiful, if you’re ever so inclined. Hualien easily stands up to the likes of New Zealand, Switzerland, and maybe even Peru). The food, the people, and even the air quality was great.

But, my iPad got stolen. (more…)

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Speaking Directly

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I’m in China right now. Shanghai, to be exact. My wife is Chinese (thought she has more family in Taiwan than mainland China) so we come here from time to time.

Every time we come to China, I renew my half-hearted attempt to learn and speak some Chinese. As anyone who’s tried will tell you, Chinese is insanely hard for Westerners to learn. (more…)

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