Should You Work During Vacation?


“No man needs a vacation so much as a man who has just had one.” –Elbert Hubbard The first time I deployed to Bosnia, I worked for a while in a headquarters unit before taking over my tank platoon. This was in 1996 when the Internet hadn’t really become ubiquitous. Our office got a satellite … Read more

Get Rich (Somewhat) Quick


“Stop going for the easy buck and start producing something with your life. Create, instead of living off the buying and selling of others.” –Martin Sheen, Wall Street I was going to be a millionaire. That’s what I told myself. I had just read Electronic Day Traders’ Secrets (#aff) by Friedfertig and West. I opened … Read more

The Four Biggest Mistakes You’re Making in Your 401k


“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” –General George S. Patton “Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.” –Henry David Thoreau The first and only time I had the opportunity to invest in a 401k was when I worked at Capital One. I was a freshly-minted graduate from … Read more

Five Things Salespeople Can Learn From 419 Scammers

Five Things Salespeople Can Learn From 419 Scammers

“The money’s the same, whether you earn it or scam it.” –Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Recently, Microsoft conducted a study of Nigerian scam e-mails to determine why the e-mails are so blatantly, obviously illegitimate. If you’ve read one of these e-mails, it’s pretty clear that the son of a Nigerian oil baron doesn’t have $53 … Read more

The Personal Finance Accountabilibuddy


In the company I co-founded, we often worked on group projects. We believed that software was an art best practiced in groups, as a variety of viewpoints was necessary to work through hard problems. Sometimes, though, we got projects which weren’t large enough to justify putting multiple people on the project. In the beginning of … Read more

Beat Your Monkey Brain

Beat Your Monkey Brain

“Instant gratification is not soon enough.” –Meryl Streep “Instant gratification takes too long.” –Carrie Fisher Have you ever felt buyer’s remorse? Have you come home with a pair of $200 shoes or that $150 designer shirt that you thought was awesome at the time you bought them, but when you got home, wondered what in … Read more