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Brent Esplin

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The Micawber Principle
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Almost everyone is familiar with the tragic story of the Titanic, but did you know that the Titanic wasn’t the first “unsinkable” ship to meet disaster on her maiden voyage? On August 10, 1628, nearly 300 years before the Titanic disaster, the mighty Swedish warship Vasa set sail from Stockholm harbor. The recently completed ship was one of the largest warships ever made. Equipped with 64 bronze cannons the Vasa was ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 2:01 AM
Related Posts: Keep It Simple! – Weekly Money Quote (September 11,… Money is Opportunity – Weekly Money Quote (September… Pay Yourself – Weekly Money Quote (September 12, 2016) Save, Invest, Repeat – Weekly Money Quote (September… Avoid Doctor Bills – Weekly Money Quote (September 19, ...
Posted: Sep 18 2017 @ 9:15 AM
Links to some of my favorite recent articles on money and life: Money Lessons from My Oma’s Tomatoes by Chris at From Rags to Reasonable Stories are the best way to teach, especially when they are true, and this is a great story that teaches a valuable lesson. This article is well-written, fun to read, and has an important message for all of us to remember. Do You Need That? by Alexandra Franzen We ...
Posted: Sep 16 2017 @ 2:13 PM
There is far too much suffering in the world and with the saturation of media this suffering is constantly in our view.  We are regularly bombarded by images of victims of natural disasters, civilians fleeing war zones, immigrants in refugee camps, famine victims without enough to eat, and the homeless living in our own communities. All of this suffering can leave us depressed and wondering if there is anything we can ...
Posted: Sep 13 2017 @ 8:37 AM
Related Posts: Money is Opportunity – Weekly Money Quote (September… Pay Yourself – Weekly Money Quote (September 12, 2016) Save, Invest, Repeat – Weekly Money Quote (September… Avoid Doctor Bills – Weekly Money Quote (September 19, Giving Changes You – Weekly Money Quote (August 21,… ...
Posted: Sep 11 2017 @ 9:59 AM
Links to some of my favorite recent articles on money and life: The Biggest Oversight in Most American’s Retirement Planning by Scott Hanson at Kiplinger Financial planner Scott Hanson sees many people who do a decent job of planning financially for retirement but spend almost no time planning their post-retirement lives. I liken this to spending all your time and money planning a wedding and none planning a marriage. You can be ...
Posted: Sep 09 2017 @ 2:38 PM
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult. – Warren Buffett The great paradox of this remarkable age is that the more complex the world around us becomes, the more simplicity we must seek in order to realize our financial goals. Never underrate…the majesty of simplicity….Simplicity, indeed, is the master key to financial success. – John C. Bogle   I have loved “The Barometer Story,” by ...
Posted: Sep 08 2017 @ 8:18 AM
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Houston area and other parts of Texas hard recently, this week’s links relate to ways each of us can help the victims of the hurricane. It is important in times of disaster like this for us to come together and offer relief. Even if you can’t do much, you can probably do something. These articles provide ideas on how you can help: 20 Great ...
Posted: Sep 04 2017 @ 1:45 PM
There is no shortage of advice out there on how to achieve goals. The problem is separating the techniques that actually work from the useless advice being offered in many self-help books and blogs. Fortunately, psychologist and author Richard Wiseman has done the difficult work of separating the wheat from the chaff for us, and he presented his results in his excellent book, 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot. Wiseman ...
Posted: Sep 02 2017 @ 2:25 PM
Here are links to several of my favorite recent articles on personal finance and life. Enjoy: The 5 Whys of Spending by Peter Polson at Tiller Money is meant to be used, and we shouldn’t feel guilty about spending as long as we can afford our purchases and we use our money on things that are important to us. But all of us make many money decisions on autopilot, not stopping to consider why we are spending or ...
Posted: Aug 26 2017 @ 1:48 PM


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