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5 Expensive things You Don’t Need Money to Buy, or How not to suck next year!

Ok so here is another one of those posts that you’ll breeze over in your email and think some good thoughts then move on to your next inbox message, tweet, or post…….and you will regret it!

Why? Not only have I listed 5 awesome smack-happy gifts that you can give yourself  that are guaranteed to keep on giving but if you really pay attention these are some of the most expensive and rare jewels  that people yearn for, and DIE for lack of! My gift to you…..blueprint for a funner, happier life , FOR FREE!

1. Simplicity…..estimated value: Good rest, no costly anti-depressants

Balance in life can never be overrated. Perhaps you should start a garden, pickup on an old hobby, or take a class. I always thought simplicity came from staying organized but that’s not the case. A wise man said “there are no lazy people: only those who are sick or uninspired”. So often the clutter and ‘space mis-management’ we exhibit is a result of having no emotional fuel to find simplicity.

This year as I stepped out and started doing more things and trying to add value to myself I see now that I am more prone to get organized and do things that bring about balance in my life. I’m one of those people who cannot sit down to study until his desk is clean. Now as I do more of the things I have always wanted to do I feel more energetic and stay on task with keeping things simple and balanced! I have not totally arrived yet but I would not trade this simplicity for all the tea in china

Checkout: How to Live Simply: Lessons I learned from My Grandparents from Tammy Strobel

Also check out Everette Bogue’s FREE e-book Minimalist Workday: 50 Strategies for Working Less

2. Fame….estimated value: you won’t suck any more!

It may be a little off but in some way or another we are all looking for fame. If you would unwrap yourself from yourself and get devoted to something bigger than yourself, you would gain great influence in the world. Not self-centered jerk fame, but widespread hope infusing smile creating heart warming passion inspiring flame. Get over yourself!

Example: Check out my new friend Joni at Every[1] counts. She has totally devoted herself to serving God in a major way by giving a voice to those who are unheard of. I believe in what she does therefore I am writing about her so that you can read about her…hence, fame! (see all the mentions here!!??? I’m not paid by Joni or anything. She is just a great person on my anti-suck list who I want people to know about)

3. A Board of Directors….estimated value: $657,853.27

The first responsibility of any Board of Directors is to protect and extend  value. A board of directors enhances a business by adding oversight, insight, comparative thoughts, and often times, common sense where it is lacking. I own a business, as do you. My business is called Erik McEntyre, Inc. Your business is called

________(insert your name) Incorporated

To manage this business I have gathered some of the best and brightest to add the greatest value to my endeavors. Allow me to demonstrate:

  1. Scott- 55
  2. Dale-52
  3. Daniel-52
  4. Thom-45
  5. Bernard-47

Total: 250

That’s 250 years of experience, education, mistakes, success, and wisdom THAT I DO NOT HAVE. And guess what? It’s readily available to me. These are the names of the top 5 men in my life. They have the power to hold me accountable, encourage me, rebuke or correct, whatever is needed. You know how I know? I asked them to.

All it takes to build your board is to list the names of those individuals who possess values and skills/talents that you do not have and TELL THEM. Tell them how important they are to you. Share your love for them. Let them know how you feel about them and where you would be without them. Then submit. I love that word. I submit to the authority and presence of each of these great men. Note: I advise using men, if you are a man, for females vice versa.

Where did I get that value from? I made it up.  Low estimate.

4. Education….estimated value: ability to find, sustain, or create a job and freedom!

Without education you have absolutely no power. So get it…for FREE!

Education paradigms in America need to be re-examined. Schools are pretty much becoming factories of manufacturing 9-5 zombies. More and more organizations are realizing that its not always the letters behind someone’s name as much as it is the value and innovation they bring to the table. I plan to be ahead of the curve.

For example, tonight I am going to the library after work. I plan on starting my way thru the Personal MBA Reading list, my thanks to Sean Ogle by the way.  I have a busy schedule and things to do for my daughter for Christmas but if I don’t do it…it wont get done. Make time!

5. Breakfast with someone you love

Simple as it is. It’s the greatest pleasure. This Saturday morning, Christmas, I am looking forward to a rendezvous with a very special woman. My 5 year old, Chloe.

Everyone is welcome to join but she is my special guest. I even found the recipe I’m going to put together: Sausage Breakfast Casserole.

Besides breakfast you should develop the habit of  saying YES to more opportunities  to build healthy relationships and do stuff that you normally don’t do.

If I could sum it up and scream in your face really really loud I would bust your eardrums trying to convince you that you have everything you need in order to conquer 2011 and every other freakin year of your life right at your fingertips! Don’t let money ever keep you back. Money is a tool, BUT NOT THE ONLY TOOL! Your days should be wrapped up in purpose and joy, not sulking and sapping the life out of others with sob stories of how you never had what you want. That’s not what you were created for!

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5 Blogs I really enjoyed this week…..and why you should too!

I don’t usually post on Friday but I have to give this $.02 cents! There were 5 different people who have wrought a profound impact on me this week by their blog post or by their personal story. I’m going to list them in no particular order but I recommend catching up on some of their information over the weekend or tonight.

If you want to understand and be a part of the blog community you must think of them as siblings. Some of them you hate so you pick on them and remind them how stupid they are, others are mild and laid back not really doing anything  but not getting in your way. Then you have the awesome big sibling who is cool, inspiring, and not a jerk. The one you model yourself after and look up to. I’m not ashamed to say that there are a few blogger siblings I look to. Here are a few:

The writer behind Location 180 is Sean Ogle. I met Sean after I signed up for an affiliate program with Chris Guillebeau. Sean contacted me and made himself available to help me with building my own program. After I looked at his site and started browsing I realized I had found a guy to admire (yeah, I could not think of a less corny way to say it). I have found blogs and self help people who are valuable but didn’t seem too caring or sincere. I like Sean because he’s an expert…who actually cares. I went to his site and clicked on everything I could browse and I found 24 Ways to Improve Your Life in 24 hours and I loved it. although I am not a lottery supporter, Sean gave some great tips that I started using asap. My favorites were getting your personal mba, take 24 hours off, and call an old friend.  Simple enough yet amazing ideas that actually made me have a wonderful morning today after talking to a friend for an hour or so. If you want to read some information that will blast you into production mode and feel good while doing it, read Locaton 180.

This is Dusti Arab. (say hi Dusti!) I came across her site last week. If I had to sum up Dusti in a sentence it would be ‘the next generation version of pursuit of happiness‘  (maybe not as dramatic but still cool!) If you have not read her story you should. She has been threw the storms and for most of us who can relate to divorce, financial issues, and single parenthood she is an example of someone who has been where we are AND HAS MADE IT TO BETTER DAYS. I suggest visiting her site because her posts, like How to travel the world with almost no money, leave you feeling creative, encouraged to press on for reasons other than yourself, and, most of all, stir a sense of ‘I can do that’ into your spirit. If I could describe her in 4 words it would be: free, empowered, passionate, and cute!   : )

ok…with a name like ‘Art of Non-conformity’ do I really need to explain?? You’ve seen me mention Chris Guillebeau before and I do it again. Why? In the Universe of blogger planets he is the sun. This guy is the truth and I believe he is going to guide me to major success.  Go to his site right now and read  How to Conduct Your own Annual Review, download the template (update it to 2011), trash your current resolutions, and start over with something you can use! I love that post. He makes freedom and financial success packaged for easy consumption. A teenager can read his tips and put them to good use. Are you smarter than a teenager?

Chris is the guy that the major bloggers are influenced by. 5 minutes in his blog or his e-book would tell you that. People are rich because of him. Don’t mistake me when I say ‘rich’. The first thing that comes to your mind is ‘$$$” but what comes to my mind is all of the great things that are a by-product of ‘$$$’ like time seeing your family when you want to, not having a heart attack because you hate your job, ability to impact the world in a positive way. Thank you Chris!

Mr. Adam Baker. The man who is helping me to free myself from the debt trap! Adam is the revolutionary behind MAN VS. DEBT.COM

Honestly, I don’t know a single American who doesn’t need to bookmark his blog and buy one of his e-books today. This guy started off decluttering his life and selling his crap to get financial freedom. Give yourself a Christmas gift: research what he has to offer and see if he can help you make a resolution to never enter into debt again.

His products are worth your consideration because of one thing: CREDIBILITY! People are using his methods and products and it works. As I am a beginning with Adam, you will hear more from me in the months and weeks to come regarding my own journey to financial freedom. Stay tuned!

If you act now Adam is offering a Free 15 book give-away contest

Rowdy Kittens is as inspirational as it is practical. Tammy Strobel is the author and kind heart behind this site. Her e-books, Smalltopia and Simply Car Free , are helping people all over to embrace a simpler life of downsized abundance! While her site is for everyone I think of mom’s especially when I visit her sites. I wish Tammy was around when I was a youngin because I really believe that so much of her wisdom would have helped my own mom through our struggles. That being said, I’m not going to miss out for me!

While I was reading a post called The Power of a Smile I remembered how I used to smile while on the phone with angry callers at my job. I’ve started doing it again because of that. smiling is contagious. Tammy reminded me of that. She sent a ripple into my heart that sent me to youtube where I bookmarked a Talking Tom video that instantly made me smile. negative feelings and thoughts come and go but I know it can be toxic for others so I make a declaration to smile! Thank you Tammy!

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