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6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Money

I love TED Talks and honestly, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t.

If you’re familiar with the TED videos, you know what I’m talking about.

They’re edifying, educational and full of wisdom.

My only complaint is that there are too many of them! Which is a very good problem to have.

I have been listening to TED Talks like crazy and I found these six that really stood out. I think they will change the way you think about money in many regards.

Enjoy…

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5 Easy and Frugal Ways To Support The Homeless This Winter

Hey everyone, I’m Josh…You may know me from CNA Finance, Modest Money, and several other personal finance blogs around the blogosphere. However, over the past few months, I’ve really changed my focus. Simply put, the community has really taken care of me. I live well, eat well, and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for way too many people in our community. So, this year, I’ve decided to focus on helping those in need.

Over the past month, my fiancé and I have started what we view as a movement, called Under The Bridge. Our main goal is to change the way we see the homeless community. The bottom line is that while these people may have some past issues, they are human and deserve love and respect.

And here’s what you can do…

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How Rich Are You? The Line Between Giving and Guilt

I am rich. Like really rich.

Am I a millionaire? Nope. Not even close. So how am I rich if I’m not even a millionaire?

Let’s start with what “rich” really means. Here are the first couple definitions:

1. having a great deal of money or assets; wealthy.
2. plentiful; abundant.

Obviously the definition is subjective and open for interpretation, but I think it’s reasonable to use percentages here.

So who would be considered rich? The top 30 percent? The top 25 or 20 percent? 15?

Let me show you where I’m at, where you are and how we should approach about giving…

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Merry Christmas! Christmas Around the World [Infographic]

Merry Christmas!

This is my favorite time of the year, as it is for many of you.

Today, I figured I would lighten the mood a little bit.

We’ll get back to improving our finances and productivity tomorrow, but for today, it’s a time to relax, appreciate and enjoy everything we are blessed with.

Spend time with your family. Get stuffed with Christmas dinner. Give freely and enjoy this interesting infographic…

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What You Need to Know About ALS and The Ice Bucket Challenge

You’ve watched people dump ice cold water on their heads.

You may have accepted the challenge yourself.

If you’re like me, every time you saw yourself tagged in a post on Facebook, you thought you were getting called out to take the challenge.

One of those times I was right.

I just took the challenge, but I didn’t donate to ALS. I’ll tell you what I did and why in a moment.

First, here is what you need to know about ALS and the ice bucket challenge…

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Where is Your Money Really Going When You Donate to Charities?

We see commercials and ads for charities every day.

Starving children, abused animals…you’ve seen them.

Have you ever questioned how much of your money was actually spent on helping?

And how much was spent on the charity’s employees? Or on that commercial?

You may have thought something along the lines of…

“Why didn’t they spend this money on feeding those children instead of paying for this expensive commercial?”

Let’s see what’s going on here…

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8 Ways to Give Directly to People in Need Without “Enabling” Them

What do you do when somebody comes up to you on the street and asks you for money? How do you respond?

Do you give it to them?

Do you say “sorry, I don’t have any money” (even if you really do)?

Do you hesitate to give, because you feel like giving money to someone on the street, whether they are panhandling, begging or homeless, could be enabling their “habits” and not actually helping them?

Let’s talk about the last one: enabling their bad habits…

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GIVE – The Importance of Giving

No matter what your beliefs are, I think most of us are pretty familiar with this passage:

“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38, ESV)

Giving isn’t only popular among Christians, some other influential figures had been known to have high regards for giving:

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” – Albert Einstein

And remember, no matter your financial situation, you can always give something…

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