You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Track

I titled this article a bit tongue-in-cheek as this is one of the aspects of working for a large corporation with many layers of management that I despise.  I spend a few hours each week simply documenting what I did that week for my manager.  There are times that I spend more time documenting a task that the time it actually takes to perform that task.  It’s this level of micromanaging that is one of the downfalls of working for large corporations and why they are not nearly as nimble and productive as small businesses and start-ups.  There is one place however, where it is important to track every detail as to gain a deeper understanding of the situation…your spending.

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Oh Why Not

If you haven’t had a chance to read any of Tim Ferriss’s work, I highly encourage you to check it out.  One of my favorite books and one of Tim’s most popular is The 4-Hour Workweek.  This book really set the tone for how I view work (jobs) and generating income.  I see a job as only the initial way to generate income in your life so that you can save and invest to build additional income streams that can eventually replace your job as your main source of income.  4HWW doesn’t go quite to the early retirement extreme that is popular on blogs like Mr. Money Mustache, but it is does introduce the idea that work don’t have be viewed as required, but as optional.  In Tim’s most recent book, Tools of Titans, Tim provides cliff-notes for how the most successful and high performing people approach their lives.  One of my favorite aspects of this interview style book is that Tim often asks the contributors what is one message they would like to put up on a billboard for the world to see.  The answers are quite inspirational and also give you a quick peek into the guest’s personality and purpose.  I had an initial response to this question myself but I have a new one now.

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TurtleMode on “Politics”

It’s Independence Day!  Or the 4th of July.  But I prefer Independence Day.  To me, calling it the 4th of July cheapens the true intent of the holiday.  Sort of like Memorial Day sales.  I love capitalism, but certain parts of it like the extravagant commercialization of holidays tend to irk me sometimes.  Maybe it’s just a sore spot for me, but one of my favorite periods of history to study is the American Revolution.  Ask me who the top 5 best Presidents are in our history and I’ll list off our first 5:  Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.  In that order.  They literally created the United States.  Everyone since then is just riding on their coat-tails.

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Stress Free Travel Tips

Traveling has become one of the activities that add a significant amount of stress to many of our lives.  Air travel in particular has become more stressful recently, resulting in passengers behaving in ways that they wouldn’t in a more relaxed environment.  In an effort to squeeze out more profits, airlines are unintentionally feeding this frenzy with their procedures that drive this behavior.  I travel for my job quite frequently and have developed a few techniques for stress free travel that I’ll share in this post.  This post will focus on air travel but I’ll include a few others for the drivers out there in the world.

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Exercise Plan for Maximum Fat Loss

We know that a proper diet is one of the keys to fat loss, but it is only part of the equation.  We want a smokin’ body to expose once we shed those layers of fat.  When it comes to getting ripped, there are 2 keys:  strength training and high intensity interval training.  Low intensity, long duration cardio has numerous health benefits, but getting shredded isn’t one of them.  Unfortunately, this is what I see the majority of people trying to shed fat doing.  Long jogs/bike rides/walks just isn’t going to cut it.  You have to work hard and get out of your comfort zone to get results.

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Stress Free Way to Generate Passive Income

As laid out in the Path to Financial Independence, once we have enough passive income to pay our expenses, we no longer require employment.  There are numerous ways to generate passive income:  investing, rental properties, royalties, and/or side jobs are just a few examples.  There is one method however, that allows you to generate passive income with virtually no work.  It is the method that I focus on 100% currently, and that is through investing.

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Paris Climate Accord – Behind the Mask

There has been much uproar over the decision by President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.  But as usual, I think the way this is portrayed by the media and large corporations is inaccurate, and even dangerous, in its misleading message.

I’m pro pollution reduction.  Let’s make that clear from the beginning.  So is our President.  So is any other rational person.  The tricky part is how do we get widespread pollution reduction?  But before we get there, let’s take one step back and try to understand the motivation of politicians and corporations that support the Paris Climate Accord.  It can be summed up in a single word:  Power.

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Path to Financial Independence

http://dilbert.com/strip/2009-08-12

One of the largest stressors in our lives is money.  Maybe not money itself, but the need to make money.  This traps us in jobs that we don’t like in order to pay for the things that we hope will bring us happiness.  There are various statistics on how much of the population dislikes going to work:

80% of People on LinkedIn Don’t Enjoy or Hate their Job

Only 13% of People Worldwide Actually Like Going to Work

‘I Hate My Job’ Say 70% of US Employees

If you’re in the minority of people that genuinely enjoy your job and would do it for free, I envy you.  I haven’t found that job yet.  My mom has.  She’s one of those people that I truly believe would continue to work even if she wasn’t paid to do it.  But even she probably wouldn’t work Monday-Friday, 8-5, day in and day out.  Maybe more like a few hours when she felt like it.

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Ultimate Fat Loss Diet – Part Deux

In Part 1 of the Ultimate Fat Loss Diet plan, I talked about how the body becomes most efficient at burning fat when the majority of our calories are consumed from fat and protein, while minimizing our intake of carbohydrates.  This diet also works to preserve our muscle mass so that the weight loss we experience is truly fat loss and not lean muscle mass.  In Part 2, I’d like to discuss how the timing of when we eat can turbocharge our fat loss efforts.

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Ultimate Fat Loss Diet

Can. Not. Wait.

In the About Me introductory post, I talked about how over the last 2 years I’ve gone from a weight of 240 pounds to my current weight of 185 pounds.  I did this while increasing my strength and flexibility.  I didn’t directly measure my body fat percentage before or currently, but the results in the mirror have been quite pleasant as well.  I’m going to introduce this topic in two parts.  This first part will cover the basics of what types of food to focus on.  In Part 2, I’ll cover when to eat to maximize fat loss potential.

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