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

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…

5 Easy and Frugal Ways To Support The Homeless This Winter

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…

How Rich Are You?  The Line Between Giving and Guilt

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…

Merry Christmas!  Christmas Around the World [Infographic]

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…

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

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…

What a Man From Nazareth Taught Me About Money

What a Man From Nazareth Taught Me About Money

​So I met a man from Nazareth, Israel.

Not the man you are thinking of, though I know Him too.

I literally met a man in Denver, Colorado who was born and raised in Nazareth for the first 28 years of his life.

That’s pretty awesome!

Then I figured out that he and his entire family are Christians.

If you know anything about the current state of affairs in Nazareth, you know it’s not easy to be a Christian over there.

This man was surely unique and a he taught me a few things about life and money…

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

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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