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Learn to Be Great
financial freedom, personal finance, personal development, health and fitness, life hacks
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The Mrs. and I don’t like carpet. We bought our current home in 2015 with the intention of replacing the carpets with hardwood flooring. I was prepared to “embrace the suck” of DIY flooring. After we moved in, our steam-cleaned carpets no longer smelled like they were steam cleaned. A serious funk started permeating the house and I knew the carpets were to blame. Rather than pay an arm and a leg to ...
Posted: Sep 11 2017 @ 10:13 AM
If you’re like me, you don’t mind spending money, within reason, on good food, experiences, and things that are more valuable to you than their price tags. I’m not a very frugal person, although I do have a Frugal GPA of 2.7. However, I try to save money whenever the cost of what I’m buying doesn’t provide the value I expect. I’m always interested in learning how to save money ...
Posted: Sep 01 2017 @ 10:01 AM
I would never have thought this before I started this blog, but I’ve just come to the realization that I’m frugal. After reading many outstanding personal finance blogs, I find myself doing exactly what other frugal people are doing. Being frugal. I used to think that being frugal meant being cheap. After pondering over my level of frugality for the past month, I’ve decided to create a frugal self-assessment to determine just how cheap frugal I ...
Posted: Aug 21 2017 @ 1:26 PM
In 1993, I enlisted in the U.S. Army to escape from my childhood. I had no idea that 21 years later, I would retire with a million-dollar retirement pension, especially since my first month’s paycheck (June 1993) was only $753 before taxes! Would I do it again? I’m not sure. Is a million-dollar military retirement pension worth the opportunities lost, especially if you’re a high achiever? That’s a topic worth discussing later… We ...
Posted: Aug 18 2017 @ 4:38 PM
Do you have the will to succeed in life? Most people that I know personally do not pursue their dreams. They have self-doubt, but even worse, they believe that their dreams are a fantasy rather than goals that they can actually achieve. They do not believe that they can create their own destinies. Too many people just go with the flow and say, “Some day I will…” or “I need ...
Posted: Aug 15 2017 @ 11:19 AM
I wrote this Ultimate Guide to Improve Your Credit Score to help everyone improve and maintain great credit. Before I was a teenager, I learned how to pay the bills … not with my money, of course. My parents immigrated to the USA from South Korea, so they couldn’t read or write English as well as I could. I wrote the checks to pay our bills which were often past ...
Posted: Aug 11 2017 @ 11:07 PM
I’m always trying to learn how to be more productive at life. I have an obsession with productivity, not because I’m so organized, but because I value my time. I am constantly looking for ways to maximize results by doing the right things according to Pareto’s 80/20 rule. Call me lazy if you will–people are inherently a little lazy. I just want to keep everything as simple as possible and do ...
Posted: Aug 08 2017 @ 11:40 AM
I haven’t put much effort into learning exactly how to save money on food expenses. I’ve been wishing and hoping and fell into the same trap that millions of people have fallen into. We wish and hope for better outcomes without doing what’s necessary to improve our situations. In early July, I committed to tracking my food expenses every month. Personal finance bloggers know that groceries and eating out can get ...
Posted: Aug 02 2017 @ 11:08 AM
Inspired by other bloggers, I’ve decided to write a monthly status report on how to blog (or how not to blog). I started Learn to Be Great in June 2017 but didn’t promote it or track it with analytics until July 2, 2017. Therefore, I consider July 2017 to be the official birth month of Learn to Be Great. After the first full month of blogging, I’ve learned many valuable lessons ...
Posted: Jul 30 2017 @ 11:53 PM
Titles and positions do not make a leader. Actions do. Here are 10 great quotes on leadership: The post 10 Great Quotes on Leadership appeared first on Learn to Be Great. ...
Posted: Jul 29 2017 @ 12:56 AM


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