Blog Post of the Week! by Joyful Self Manager
Ah, there’s nothing that fills me full of joy like the sound of failure in the morning.
Failure. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
I was appalled this week to read that European video game makers avoid failure in products they’re sending to America because people in the USA don’t like failure. We’ve been taught, according to them, to think that failure is bad. We turn from it. We shun it. So instead, they’ve replaced “failure” with “challenge,” which they say people in the US prefer.
Well, minions, I’m challenged to accept that.
Failure, for me, has always opened my eyes and made me work harder. Failure shakes me out of my sleep and makes me run faster and smarter.
That’s why this week’s soon-to-be-esteemed prize goes to Anthony from the Joyful Self Manager and his epic post Self Management – 5 Things You Should Appreciate About Failure.
Failure IS an option, but it shouldn’t be the end. Get back up. Learn from it. Move on.
Anthony, you may print this out and put it on your refrigerator.
8 Other Great Blogs You Should Be Reading But Might Not, So I’ll Remind You
Whose $%#! idea was it to limit this to eight blogs? I could have had twenty this week…well, here goes:
Krystal At Give Me Back My Five Bucks could have easily won the top spot with You Can Have Anything You Want But Not Everything. More great motivational writing from Krystal, who is currently in England, I believe.
Speaking of epic posts, Roshawn Watson is at it again with Do Americans Know What Poverty Really Is? This piece is so good, OG and I are discussing it on this week’s podcast. While Shawn’s posts are always thoughtful, this one is especially mind-bending.
Kathleen at FrugalPortland asks What’s the Point? I was disappointed to read her answer to this all-consuming question (something about happiness….). Hello? Kathleen? The point is More Doughnuts. Go back and rewrite the post, please.
On a related note, Squirrelers asks if we’re just a little to hard on ourselves in Penny Pinching on Basic Needs: Why? He hits the nail on the head: we don’t spend enough energy on the $1,000 items and WAY TOO MUCH on the $1.00 items.
In another answer to Kathleen’s question, I know what the point isn’t, and that’s Outlet Malls. Cil at the Millionaire Nurse asks To Outlet Mall or Not To Outlet Mall and comes up with some good points for and against. For the record, I’m against, but if you’re going, pick me up something nice from the Nike shop, pretty please.
If the point isn’t doughnuts, then it might be these awesome bean burgers from WorkSaveLive. This is the third recipe of Jason’s I’ve tried, and might be the best yet. If you haven’t cooked these babies yet, what are you waiting for? Check out: Blean Bean Quinoa Burgers.
Remember that event that was on television ages ago? You know the one…I think it was called the “Oil” something or other and was live from London? (Well, not REALLY live. We couldn’t be trusted with that, could we?) Oh, yeah, the Olympics! Well, here’s PK asking us Who Really Won the Olympics.
A new to me blog, Eyes on the Dollar, walks us through the story of a bear, a fire department, and debt in Does Credit Card Debt Have You Stuck? Welcome to the Yakezie family EoD! If you can come up with bear stories about debt, then surely there’s a NASCAR or doughnut story in you about life insurance or mutual funds. It’s great to have another fine writer to read every week.
We’re Very Popular and Humble, Too.
I’m incredibly grateful that we were mentioned in the following places:
This week, like most, I forgot to submit my stuff to carnivals. It doesn’t stink that bad, though. There isn’t a Ferris Wheel.
Our friend John at My Family Finances linked to OG’s post What Happens When You Fall Behind On Your Mortgage. I love the rest of his post about good writing on the internet. As always, John keeps it fresh.
Speaking of friends, Lance at Money Life and More mentioned our piece Don’t Be The Emperor With No Emergency Fund. I’m glad to have gotten to know Lance lately. Know those people you’d enjoy just sitting down having a beer with? I think Lance would be one of those guys.
Other Random Notes to End the Week Without a Flourish
Our first Diary post went out to our subscribers this week. I’ve been threatening to send it for ages, and now it’s in everyone’s hot little hands (edit…just found out it’s going out Friday around noon. If you’re reading this before then, it’s on the way!). If you want to know what we’re thinking about blogging and improving the site and podcast, it’s all in there. We’ll send out a new one every week.
Thanks to my buddy Doug for some WOW feedback about our podcast. I love Gordon Ramsay and Simon Cowell for a reason; they give it to people no-holds-barred. Doug shared stuff he loves and hates about our show. Feedback like that I really, really appreciate. Look for some changes based on our talk.
AND finally, I’m on final approach to announcing my real name. There are so many things I’d like to share about my credentials and history that I just can’t say yet…hopefully next week. Fingers crossed.
Until next week, minions. Be safe out there.
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