Enjoying the mundane moments in life

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on January 2, 2018 at 12:01 AM

Many of us distract ourselves from the boring moments in life by pulling out our mobile phones. If you ever take public transit, and are not on your own phone, you can't help but notice how prevalent this trend is. But sometimes I'm forced to ask myself if life passing me by, because I'm skipping my boredom with my smartphone. Eventually, I have trouble enjoying the quiet moments... Read More

7 Reasons to write a blog

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on December 12, 2017 at 12:12 AM

1) To learn and to teach

To really be an expert in your field, it helps to be able to express yourself and explain your skills to others. Forcing yourself to explain a concept to someone encourages your to get a firmer grasp of it yourself. In fields like software development for instance, a key difference between intermediate and senior developers is the ability to co... Read More

Why you should save and invest as if you were retiring early

Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on December 5, 2017 at 12:12 AM

Even if you love your current job, or you don't think early retirement is for you, because you love the idea of working in general, there are arguments to be made for saving and investing as if you were to retire early. 

1) you may change your mind

Even if you're early in your career, and you love your job, you may not feel the same way 15... Read More

How to force yourself to post regularly

Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on November 28, 2017 at 12:11 AM

Many people feel they want to start a blog, write a book, or start some other creative endeavor. There are many roadblocks and excuses people can use to prevent themselves from making progress, or to stick with it if they don't seem to be making headway right away. Perhaps you don't have a lot of free time, or feel like you have little to cont... Read More

The compounding principle and the power of habit

Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on November 21, 2017 at 12:11 AM

While it can be easy to see how money can compound given enough time, as its just fairly simple mathematics, admittedly with some assumptions, it can be more difficult to see and get excited about the impact of consistently and habit,  and the compounding effect it can have on your life. 

If you were to take even $100/week and invest it in the stock market, after 10 years you... Read More

Creating vs Consumption and Happiness

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on November 7, 2017 at 12:11 AM

Are producers of content (writing, music, TV, video games, software) happier than those who consume it? Does happiness come from consuming content, or producing it? Some would argue that people who only consume content are watching, listening or reading about others living their lives,  whereas producers are actually living it. For instance, hockey players or actors are working and prod... Read More

6 Investment mistakes to avoid

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on October 24, 2017 at 12:10 AM

Each one of these are mistakes that have cost me various amounts of money over the course of my life. If I could impart onto you some things not to do when investing, this would be some things from my experience. 

1) Putting all your eggs in one basket

Before the financial crisis, real estate in Alberta was booming, and ... Read More

Staying healthy at work by standing and walking more

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on March 20, 2018 at 12:03 AM

Today's modern workplaces are hazardous to your health, but not in the same ways as in the past. If your work in a modern office, you probably aren't exposed to dangerous materials, and you're not likely to break your back lifting anything heavy, freeze extremities exposed to the elements, or get crushed or pinched between dangerous machinery. The biggest danger of the modern off... Read More

Getting out of debt advice

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on March 6, 2018 at 12:03 AM

As a blogger whose focus is at least partially on personal finance, I'm often hesitant to touch this topic because it seems so obvious to me. However, since many people struggle with this, and people like Dave Ramsey have made fortunes on telling people out of debt, I suppose I should try to at least tackle the issue at some level, mostly because it's extremely difficult to invest an... Read More

Discipline is good, removing the temptation is better

Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on February 13, 2018 at 12:02 AM

There is a growing body of research which suggests that's willpower may be a limited resource. Regardless of how much discipline you have, it appears that having to use it at least temporarily reduces your available willpower. Having to make more decisions earlier in the day apparently depletes your ability to make quality decisions later in the day. This appears to be the reason some in... Read More