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The California Effect. [Mr. Money Mustache] – “Start noticing your own bubble and study the California Effect in your own lifestyle. Where do you see ridiculousness masquerading as normalcy? How can you extract the best of life in your area, while shedding the unnecessary downsides? How can you create an entirely new bubble of normal?” (Submitted by J. Money.)

I Aspired to Be Poor. [Rahkim Sabree] — “3 years later I think about how much my life has changed because of that talk. How many times I’ve been asked what I meant when I said I wanted to be poor. The look and sound of admiration people get when they hear I’ve done a TED talk and how incredibly honest and transparent I was in that moment and continue to be today.” (Submitted by Tarsha.)

What You’ll Wish You’d Known [Paul Graham] – “I’ll start by telling you something you don’t have to know in high school: what you want to do with your life. People are always asking you this, so you think you’re supposed to have an answer. But adults ask this mainly as a conversation starter. They want to know what sort of person you are, and this question is just to get you talking. They ask it the way you might poke a hermit crab in a tide pool, to see what it does.” (Submitted by Jim Wang.)

The Best Holiday Gift List I’ve Seen This Year. [Maximum Gratitude, Minimal Stuff] — “Each of these gifts equips children and families to change their own lives for a better future. They’re useful, provide decent jobs, and do more than enrich a retailer’s bottom line. If you’re still looking for gifts for your loved ones, you can’t go wrong with these.” (Submitted by J. Money.)

A Joyful Retirement is a Grateful One. [FI Physician] — ““If you spend time thinking about what other people think, you will be alone and miss out on belonging. Give more time and energy to what you feel and want because that is what you can control—you cannot control other people. Bring joy by expressing gratitude.” (Submitted by Tarsha.)



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