Here is a list of some of my favorite resources that have helped me grow into a wiser and more informed individual over the years.
I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me.
(Full disclosure: I might earn a very small commission if you decide to click on the links indicated in bold below and purchase the product or service. With that said, I can personally vouch for the quality of each and every one of these resources because I use/have used them myself.)
Financing Your Life
Becoming knowledgeable about your finances is definitely the first step I would recommend to anyone wondering how to better their life. Unless you live someplace where you’ll never be handling your own cash, you’ll need to start good habits right away. The sooner you understand basic personal finance concepts, the quicker you’ll amass wealth–or at the very least hold on to the money you already have.
- I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi — This book changed my life. I recommend you read this if you’re a twenty-something who wants to form good habits about money early. This is exactly the book I needed to read when I was 20. You can also visit the website to get great free material.
- ING Direct — an online bank that lends a high interest rate and the ability to create sub-savings accounts. (If you do not yet have an account with ING Direct but want to open one, contact me and I can send you a referral link that automatically adds $25 to your account upon activation.)
- Mint — an extremely useful online tool that allows you to track your net worth, expenses, and create savings/retirement goals.
One thing that has helped drastically in my communication with others, and even in my own academics/work environment, is writing. Through regular practice, it has helped me express myself better, allowing me to relate to other people and secure jobs I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.
- Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg — A superb book that instills within you the confidence to let go of your inhibitions and just write.
- Windows Live Writer — This interface allows you to interact with the same elements that grace your blog design, and preview a post before publishing it. You can create drafts offline, so there are less distractions for you as a writer.
Idea Gathering (for creative types)
If you’re going to be a writer or a creative professional, idea generation will be invaluable to you. Here are some tools that will help you work through the mess and organize your findings and visions.
- Microsoft OneNote — This program allows me to keep all of my notes on various projects in one place. I store my passwords, post ideas, class notes, and even design inspiration in OneNote. The one drawback about this program is that you cannot back up your information to the web like you can with EverNote. As a heads up, I might be switching over to EverNote one of these days.