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Weekend Reading | Saturday, January 1, 2022

Featured Articles: Good Writing From Around The Web

Why Paul Simon?

The story of a great song-writer told by a great story-teller.

Dodging the Diderot Effect

It’s OK to spend on stuff, so long as it is the right stuff for you and so long as you know the limits.

Hugging the X-Axis

The process of finding the right things and committing to them with your whole heart opens a door to long-term thinking, fulfillment, and happiness. Too many choices without commitment can lead the other way.

How to Become a Better Listener

Just maybe… this year we should express ourselves less and listen more. If you agree, then you can use these 9 tips and work on these 7 skills to become a better listener yourself.

Curious about crypto? Wondering about web3? Don’t know where to start? 
Here are a few additional New Year links specific to crypto and the blockchain:

Proof-of-Stake and Stablecoins: A Blockchain Centralization Dilemma

Crypto currency is all based on a secure, decentralized database technology known as the blockchain. The innovation of the blockchain is in how the database provides a guarantee of data accuracy WITHOUT a guarantor. The strength of a particular blockchain’s guarantee stems from how each block added to the chain is “Proven.” Here is a discussion of the 2 different proofs and the problems associated with each.

Why It’s Too Early to Get Excited About Web3

There is a period early in the excitement when it is, somewhat disgustingly, all about the riches being created. It is later that the real utility is discovered. It may come or it may not with web3. It is still too early to tell.

A Wild, Emotional Year Has Changed Investing—Maybe Forever

So… should I invest? There is a point, just before fascination and popularity tip over into FOMO, that you can catch yourself and ask 2 questions… “What is the real ‘value’ that is being created by the thing I am about to invest in???” And, “Is that value worth the price I am about to pay… to me?”


Whatever your age, if you seek financial independence, then there are three things you need:

1. Your independence number
2. A resilient “all-weather” portfolio – what we call a Mindful Portfolio
3. A responsive withdrawal process – what we call Mindful Management 

If you are not clear about any of these items, I hope you will join us for our Financial Independence Bootcamp where we will answer each of these questions together. 

Always reading, always learning, Jonathan hand-selects these articles for readers each week. To view Jonathan’s curated articles from previous weeks, CLICK HERE.

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