Your alarm clock goes off at 7:15 in the morning. You begrudingly swat at it to turn it off. An hour later, you’re in your car and on the way to a job you’ve done for way too long. You get to work, stare at your computer for a few hours, and dream about living in Costa Rica until the clock hits 5 pm. Is this really the way you wanted to live? Do you really want to do this for the next 20 to 30 years?
Books are an incredible resource to gain insight and experience from someone who’s immersed themselves in a field for years. Over the past year, I’ve tried to read one new book a month based on my different interests at the time. Here are the books I’ve read recently and can recommend to anyone.
Two videos for recent graduates that will help them get a job and succeed during the first 100 days on the job.
“Wow, how can a Fortune 100 company fail so badly in the social media field?” I remember saying while reading about the recent social media screw-ups at Honda, Taco Bell, Asus, Domino’s, and Belkin.
The more I dug, the more company social media disasters I seemed to find. In fact, social media disasters are a huge issue facing companies: a quick Google search using the keywords “company social media disaster” yielded over 10 million results.
For the last few months, I’ve been doing independent social media consulting for a small design firm. One of their biggest concerns is allowing too much user interaction on their site and, as a result, getting rude comments and failing.
Does this happen? Yes, it does. However, not nearly as much as you think, and it can be mitigated if you know what you’re doing. In fact, the benefit of a strong social media campaign can be startling to sales, customer approval, and customer retention. Let’s look at how, with a few easy steps, you can improve your company’s social media campaign by roughly 200% in 30 days.
I believe the United States is facing a rapid transition. No longer are we just intrigued by just earning insane amounts of cash; we’re intrigued by earning money while having the flexibility to use it. As a follower of Ramit Sethi’s blog and book, I’ve gone through a rapid transformation in the last few months in an attempt to maximize my returns with as little effort as possible. After about 10 hours of working through Ramit’s book and doing independent research, I created a system that earns money through my high-yield Savings and Checking accounts (ING Direct and Schwab, respectfully); gets me great perks through a credit card; and saves me money on the big spending. Click read more to learn how I do it, and how you can do the same.
With so many different blogs on the Internet it’s difficult to know which ones are actually good. Sure, you can Google for “productivity blogs” and read each one that shows up on the first page, carefully comparing notes between the blogs, but who wants to do that? That takes valuable time that could be better spent on reading the archives on one of the better blogs out there on the Internet. So, through years of reading productivity blogs in all corners of the Internet, I’ve come across a few I think are beneficial to everyone in a diverse area of topics.
As someone who recently fell in love with Leo Babauta’s work, I decided to venture further along the path of figuring out what makes me happy. On both his minimalism blog and his simple productivity blog, Leo does an excellent job of outlining simple practices that can improve one’s overall happiness.
Ironically, many people think that having an extreme amount of money, being better looking, and being famous will make them happy. However, that’s not even close to being true. The public perception of happiness is becoming skewed and it’s time to re-evaluate our views. Click to read more.