Exercising Good Judgement: How Money Affects Our Behaviour

Exercising Good Judgement: How Money Affects Our Behaviour

I’ve often heard that money only amplifies who we are. If we’re a giving person, money will only make us more giving. If we’re an a**hole, money will only make us a bigger a**hole. 

I don’t disagree with the above, but I think we’re ignoring the other end of the spectrum: believing we don’t have “enough” can have the same effect. 

Being tight on money because we have too much debt or don’t feel we’re where we need to be in life (career, love, savings) also amplifies who we are and how we use money to affect others.
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My Struggle with Anonymity

My Struggle with Anonymity

I struggle with anonymity, I’m even struggling with writing this post about struggling with anonymity. 

As a blogger who’s been talking about personal finance, relationships and everything in between, anonymity has been a soft & cozy blanket. It’s helped me find the courage to talk about a lot of ideas that are far from mainstream and that could cause some people in my other circles to distance themselves from me. 

The most prickly topic? Money.

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My Kind of “Polished”

My Kind of “Polished”

I used to get a manicure and pedicure every month or so in my spendthrift days, but now I go for a pedicure only once or twice a year or when my feet are in major need of a little TLC .

Now that I’m doing more public speaking, which means wearing uncomfortable dress shoes more often, it was time for another appointment. I asked if Mr. F2P if he wanted to come with me, given his feet could also use some attention thanks to the abuse they endure at the hand of his nasty steel-toed boots. He said "Absolutely!".

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My 2016-2017 Reading List - First Quarter

My 2016-2017 Reading List - First Quarter

This post contains the full list of books that held my interest long enough to finish over the last three months of this, my fourth year of voracious reading. If you want to take a look at previous years, you can click "Books" on the navigation bar or access them here: 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. You may also want to check out my list of Top 12 Life-Enhancing Books, as well as the top lessons learned from reading over 100 books and five more insights from reading another hundred books.

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An Open Book

An Open Book

Over the last few years, I’ve been focusing on listening a lot more than speaking. That might sound funny coming from a writer, but what I mean is that I’m practicing the art of absorbing information and reflecting on it more than answering the impulse of wading in on every topic, thought or opinion expressed. I’m not always good at it, but at least I’m more aware of my impulsive need to jump in and I’m trying to improve.

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Why I Dumped My Financial Advisor

Why I Dumped My Financial Advisor

I was with my broker for over a decade. I trusted him because he was an old university friend and, having worked with him on some business school projects, I also knew he was very intelligent and personable. And he was also up front about his compensation and he didn’t recommend anything he wouldn’t be confident investing in himself. The advice was sound and his fee of $1,000 per year felt fair so I didn’t see any need to make a change. 

Life was good.

Then, he had the nerve to fall in love with an American woman (ah, love), which lead him to move to the U.S. As a result, he sold his practice to another fellow.

Not the same type of guy.

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