I love shopping at Costco. At least, I love the value that you can get from shopping at Costco. It’s a great way to save money on things you’re going to buy anyway and stretch your dollar.
If I’m not careful, the experience of shopping at Costco will get the best of me. It can be a high-pressure situation, and it’s easy to get angry and impatient.
It’s not worth getting worked up over a shopping trip. I’m better than that, and if you’re reading my blog, I’ll bet you are, too.
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I think it’s important to have a good, hard failure when you’re young.
Your pockets are your first line of defense against having an unproductive day. They’re where you carry your most useful tools. With your wallet, keys, and phone always within arm’s reach, you’re ready to take on the day.
Most days, anyway. Eighty percent, sure. Maybe even ninety percent.
Then there are days where you need something more. Something too big or too awkward to fit in your pockets. Something small, but not needed frequently enough to carry it in your pockets. Something you’ll want to have nearby if you need it, without having to think too much about it.
This is where your bag comes in.
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You can’t calm the storm so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.
A budget is what happens when you tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went. At the beginning of the month, you create a written plan for your spending. The month won’t go exactly as planned, and you’ll need to make some adjustments, but a detailed, written budget is one of the best indicators of whether your net worth is going to up or down.
You don’t just need a budget for your money, you need a plan for how you’re going to spend your time. The good news is that temporal budgeting is a lot like financial budgeting. If you know how to budget your money, you already know how to budget your time.
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Lost time is never found again.
My grandfather was a master carpenter. When he worked, he wore a carpenter belt that carried his tools. He always had what he needed the most, right there.
Your pockets don’t hold as much as a carpenter belt, but they’re still the best place to put the tools you need most often.
If you got up and went outside right now, what could you do? Would you be able to get back in? Make your way home? Save a life? With a little planning, you can do a lot with what you have on you.
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Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
LEGO pieces are one of the most popular toys ever. You’ve played with them. Your kids have played with them. You’ve probably stepped on the ones your kids have left out.
Can you imagine how boring LEGO pieces would be if they only came in 2×3 bricks? And were all grey? No rummaging through a pile in search of just the right piece to finish your creation. If you don’t like that one piece, you’re out of luck.
That would make for a miserable toy! Yet sometimes it seems like we’re intent on building our lives with just that one brick.
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