Weekend Reading – June 28, 2017

How Finding Substitutes Saves Me Money, Retirement Number Roundup, The Six Stages of Financial Freedom, The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money, Ready Player One, Perennial Seller.

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Each week (or so) I’m going to do a little write up on what articles, blog posts, books, or other media I found the most valuable from my week. My goal is that you find these articles useful, interesting or inspiring in the same way I did.


How Finding Substitutes Saves Me Money – Frugal Asian Finance
I love the concept of being mindful of splurges and making a conscious effort to find alternatives. Some good examples of this practice in this post.

Retirement Number Roundup: How Much Do You Need For Retirement? – Atypical Life
How much money people want to save up is always an interesting topic (so long as the comparison is for fun). This post profiles 13 different bloggers (myself included) on this topic.

The Six Stages of Financial Freedom – Reddit
An interesting look into the different “phases” of your financial life.


The Stupidest Thing You Can Do With Your Money
Freakonomics is one of the 3 podcasts I never miss an episode of. To my surprise, this weeks episode features an interview with “Jack” Bogle, the creator of Vanguard! I recommend The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing every chance I get, so I was great to hear him on there.


Ready Player One
This past week, the first trailer from Ready Player One was released at Comic-Con. I love this book and have read (well listened) to it 3 times now. After all the hearing about it this week, I decided to give it a re-listen on 2x. It’s one of about 3 books in my life that I listened to, finished, then immediately re-listened to.

Although not a book I’d qualify as “great”, it’s just so much fun and filled with 80s nostalgia. If you’re wondering if you should read the book or wait for the movie, I’d emphatically say READ THE BOOK.

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts
I’ll read just about anything Ryan Holiday writes. This one touches on a topic I’m excited about as well — creating work that lasts. This book does a great job of focusing on the right mindset needed to think long-term about creative work while not taking shortcuts that would undermine the effort. I’m working on something now that I’m hoping will fall into this category of lasting work, which made some of the topics hit home for me.

One piece of advice that stuck with me was giving these endeavors as long after launch as during creation to focus on making them a success – whether that’s marketing them, giving them away, or finding other ways to get the finished product in front of people. Too often I move on to something new soon after, and this was welcomed advice.

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What about you? What articles, blog posts, podcasts or other media stuck with you this week? I’d love to read about them in the comments.

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