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I'm trying to write something personal improvement related every Monday and a story every Wednesday. I hope these are interesting to people, because I generally think that most personal improvement articles are relatively useless.

Every couple weeks I scan through lifehacker.com, and inevitably think "Man... this is a lot of useless junk."

Now... I've definitely found some good stuff there, and have had some of my articles featured there, so it's not ALL bad. I just feel like most personal improvement stuff is geared more towards FEELING like something has been accomplished rather than actually taking action.

The Paycheck Paradox

On Rusty Lemon

I sat in a room once, and the speaker asked us all if we wanted financial independence. Everyone put their hand up, but it was explained, most don't value saving and understanding their money, it’s just a vision in the back of their mind. Everyone wants to live off interest, delegate away uninspiring tasks, and maybe have a red car, capable of driving high speeds..

I’m just a student, but I learned a powerful lesson when I lost my last job that was less demanding and stressful than my current one. It also payed much more, so from a financial perspective, I was doing better. Working harder for less? (Nobody wants that!)

But in some kind of bizarre paradox, I find myself with more money than I had before, and I’m more conscious of my savings and goals. I didn’t love my job, so I was excited about what I’d have for lunch, what I’d buy with my paycheck. As a result I had large amounts of stuff, most of which I ended up selling for a tenth of the price.. Because I didn’t really need it all anyway..

I thought the best jobs were sinecures, where I could leave at 5pm with no concern or care, and collect a decent cheque. Now I'm glad to have activity in my job, and more to think about. When people work hard together, there's a sense of spirit and humour, you can’t buy a one-day seminar and attempt to create that culture. The people I work with are one of the most important things about my job, I guess this is a bit like russian roulette; you have no idea what that cute girl is going to be like to work with.

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