I really wish that this book was available when I graduated from college. I think I suffered a lot of financial mishaps from the time I gradu3.5 stars
I really wish that this book was available when I graduated from college. I think I suffered a lot of financial mishaps from the time I graduated until now, that could of been avoided completely, had I been more knowledgable.
The best thing I ever did for myself financially, was listen to my economics teacher in high school, and opened up a Roth IRA when I was 16 with my very first paycheck. Ever since then I've been putting a bit of my savings in this account every year. This and contributing to my 401k at work have helped me inch closer to a healthy retirement fund.
However, I have also been trying to get out from under my credit card debt this past year. For a while, I had rely on my credit card for living expenses; before I became established (so to speak), but now that I'm making a decent paycheck, I feel happier that I'm making progress to get out from under 'the heaping mound of debt' once and for all. Once this is done, I'm only going to own one credit card and plan on not using it very much, if at all.
Oh, and then there's the mishap that still sticks to me, like a thorn in my side. My first roomate I had when I moved to Chicago, was a friend from college who wasn't financially responsible at all. Only I didn't know this until I had to disconnect our home phone line because we were being swamped with messages from debt collectors calling all hours of the day and night. Then, on top of that, she just upped and went back home unannounced, leaving me with 6 months of unpaid rent. So, I emailed her and told her how upset I was about the situation, and she ignored me completely. It wasn't until I had to contact my parents and have our family lawyer write her a nasty gram about how I'd take her to court if she didn't pay the landlord her of her part of the rent, so I could get my deposit back in order to move elsewhere, that I actaully heard from her again. Let's just say we aren't friends anymore. However, this whole scenario could of been avoided if I knew how important it was to run a credit check, before we signed a lease together.
This year, my youngest cousin graduated from high school, so I bought him a copy of this book and told him that it's a very good, down to earth read that will help him navigate through a lot of financial things, that if left unknown, could cause a lot of unnecessary stress later on in his life. My only hope is that he will read it, absorb it, and be better financially then I was at his age....more
So, I finally finished this one and it was a really great read. Well researched with real life examples and interesting psychological personality studSo, I finally finished this one and it was a really great read. Well researched with real life examples and interesting psychological personality studies, I got sucked into Cain's writing and even though it slowed down in the middle for me, it picked up again at the end.
I'm really glad Cain wrote this book. Both my brother and I are tried and true introverts and I wish this book was written when we were younger because the whole book, especially Part Four: How To Love, How To Work - would of been valuable information for my parents to have known when they raised us. It's not that they didn't do a good job of it, I just think they could of done better if they were armed with the information that was presented in this book.
My favorite introverts are: Dr. Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds, Rosa Parks, Lewis Carroll, and Dr. Seuss. I also liked that at the end of QUIET there's recommended reading entitled 'introverts in literature'. I have already read quite a few and I can't wait to read the rest.
This is a book that everyone should read in order to make the day cares, school days and work places more bearable for those of us who process the world in a different way....more
While a great piece of photo journalism, I was disappointed in the fact that there wasn't much philosophical debate on what the the pleasures and sorrWhile a great piece of photo journalism, I was disappointed in the fact that there wasn't much philosophical debate on what the the pleasures and sorrows at work are, and what one can do to maximize happiness and not get bogged down in the sorrows. This book was very different, but I think fans of Alain De Botton will get something out of it, even if it's not an in depth philosophical discussion that one might be looking for....more
PERSONAL NOTE: So, in case you didn't know, I have moved over to BL. However, since a ton of GR's are over there now, they have this cool new featurePERSONAL NOTE: So, in case you didn't know, I have moved over to BL. However, since a ton of GR's are over there now, they have this cool new feature that allows you to automatically update your GR account as you update your BL account. I have to say it's pretty nifty, since it allows you to be in two places at once. Don't take my word for it though, check it out for yourself. _________________________________ Best Book On Career Transition I Have Ever Read!
In 2013, I made the executive life decision to leave the corporate world, in order to pursue my artistic goals. I had outgrown my position and there was no where else for me to move up within the company, so I gave my three months notice. Since I was the only person in my position, I wanted to make sure that I gave the higher ups enough time to hire someone new and get them trained. I felt like I left on a good note.
I knew that following my artistic passions was going to be a hard and rocky road. However, with the help of this book, I feel like I have been given a tool box that has helped me to cultivate my abilities, in order to use my whole self, best skills, and have what this book refers to as 'emotional employment'.
I really enjoyed reading this book and doing the writing exercises. My favorite, and most valuable writing exercise was, writing my career narrative. This gave me the power to transform, re-organize my relationship to the information, and allowed me to accept my past a bit better. I realized that every step I have taken so far has given me the skills needed to be able to succeed on my own.
Other take-aways from this book that I learned were:
* My real passion wasn't what I was doing for a job. * Fear sometimes holds me back, but I can't let it. * Some of my dreams are more conscious than others. * The difference between leading and managing is important. I like to lead, but really hate managing others. * Making a commitment to finding myself, as well as work that expresses myself is a powerful decision, with tremendous potential, but great care must be taken to re-learn new messages about my self worth, in order to grow authentically.
I have also taken the time to cultivate my intuitive guidance system; by turning up the volume on that little voice, as well as, have a care system in place for all my negative inner critics that keep popping up.
I feel like I have just started my journey and am excited to see where it will go in 2014. I wouldn't of been able to feel confident in this journey without the help of this book, and all of the podcasts that I have listened to this past year. I also feel like my accident at the end of this year was important, as it gave me the space to re-start everything, and get all my ducks lined up for further success next year. ...more