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Seth Godin posted “Thinking about money”

Many marketers work overtime to confuse us about money.

They take advantage of our misunderstanding of the time value of money, of our aversion to reading the fine print, of our childish need for instant gratification and most of all, our conflicted emotional connection to money.

Confusing customers about money can be quite profitable if that’s the sort of work you’re willing to do.

A few things to keep in mind:

  1. The amount of money you have has nothing to do with whether or not you’re a good person. Being good with money is a little like being good with cards. People who are good at playing cards aren’t better or worse than anyone else, they’re just better at playing crazy eights.
  2. Money spent on one thing is still the same as money spent on something else. A $500 needless fee on a million-dollar mortgage closing is just as much money as a $500 tip at McDonalds.
  3. If you borrow money to make money, you’ve done something magical. On the other hand, if you go into debt to pay your bills or buy something you want but don’t need, you’ve done something stupid. Stupid and short-sighted and ultimately life-changing for the worse.
  4. To go along with #3: getting out of debt as fast as you possibly can is the smartest thing you can do with your money. If you need proof to confirm this, ask anyone with money to show you the math. Hint: credit card companies make more profit than just about any other companies in the world.
  5. There’s no difference (in terms of the money you have) between spending money and not earning money, no difference between not-spending money and getting a raise (actually, because of taxes, you’re even better off not-spending). If you’ve got cable TV and a cell phone, you’re spending $4,000 a year. $6,000 before taxes.
  6. If money is an emotional issue for you, you’ve just put your finger on a big part of the problem. No one who is good at building houses has an emotional problem with hammers. Place your emotional problems where they belong, and focus on seeing money as a tool.
  7. Like many important, professional endeavors, money has its own vocabulary. It won’t take you long to learn what opportunity cost, investment, debt, leverage, basis points and sunk costs mean, but it’ll be worth your time.
  8. Never sign a contract or make an investment that you don’t understand, at least as well as the person on the other side of the transaction.
  9. If you’ve got a job, a steady day job, now’s the time to figure out a way to earn extra income in your spare time. Freelancing, selling items on Etsy, building a side business–two hundred extra dollars every week for the next twenty years can create peace of mind for a lifetime.
  10. The chances that a small-time investor will get lucky by timing the stock market or with other opaque investments are slim, fat and none.
  11. The way you feel about giving money to good causes has a lot to do with the way you feel about money.
  12. Don’t get caught confusing money with security. There are lots of ways to build a life that’s more secure, starting with the stories you tell yourself, the people you surround yourself with and the cost of living you embrace. Money is one way to feel more secure, but money alone won’t deliver this.
  13. Rich guys busted for insider trading weren’t risking everything to make more money for the security that money can bring. In fact, the very opposite is starkly shown here. The insatiable need for more money is directly (and ironically) related to Not being clear about what will ultimately bring security. Like many on this path, now they have neither money nor security.
  14. In our culture, making more money feels like winning, and winning feels like the point.
  15. Within very wide bands, more money doesn’t make people happier. Learning how to think about money, though, usually does.

In the long run, doing work that’s important leads to more happiness than doing work that’s merely profitable.

“Dear Barbara Low…” Lawrence ,D.H. ( Mai 1916)
« Ma chère Barbara. Je vous écrirais plus souvent, mais cette vie que nous menons aujourd’hui nous dégoûte tellement, ne laisse rien à dire.
La guerre, la conscription qui approche, le sens de totale inutilité et de vilenie chaotique dans cette vie, cela vous ôte vraiment toute envie de discourir.
C’est très joli ici, avec les genêts tout jaunes et la mer d’un bleu pervenche, brumeuse, et les fleurs qui sortent sur le terrain communal.
Le sentiment du péril gâche tout – le sentiment que l’on peut d’un jour à l’autre vous jeter dans la fosse à purin du monde, le danger d’être traîné dans ce répugnant conglomérat, le dégoût total et la nausée que vous inspirent l’humanité, les gens qui sentent le cafard,
Ces masses sans fin, sans aucun relief: c’est si difficile à supporter.
J’ai commencé la seconde partie de L’Arc-en-ciel. Mais déjà c’est au-delà de tout espoir que cela soit jamais publié, en raison des choses qui y sont dites.
Et plus que cela, c’est au-delà de toute possibilité même de l’offrir à un monde, à une humanité en putréfaction comme la nôtre. J’ai le sentiment que je ne pourrais plus toucher l’humanité, même en pensée, je l’ai en horreur.
Mais une œuvre d’art est un acte de foi, comme dit Michel Ange, et on continue d’écrire, pour les témoins invisibles.
Il n’y a aucune aide, aucun espoir, rien de rien – y a-t-il jamais eu pareil puits sans fond?
Et il n’y aura ni espoir ni aide. Il est très difficile de continuer à tenir, même à l’intérieur de soi.
Mais la vérité va bien, elle. C’est simplement le sentiment d’être englouti au plus profond de la mer, avec l’horrible masse de l’humanité et l’universelle fausseté qui vous maintiennent au fond, à vous faire éclater les veines.
J’étais très bien, mais j’ai été un peu mal fichu ces derniers jours – ce qui explique en partie cette lettre. Pourtant, c’est la vraie vérité de l’affaire.
Nous serons très heureux de vous voir cet été, si nous sommes encore ici. J’espère que vous aimerez Brunswick Square. Saluti du cuore. »
Lawrence ,D.H. – Lettre à Barbara Low ( Mai 1916)

Are the slums of Egypt any worse than other slums in the world?

 posted on FB this July 25, 2013:

I spent 15 days in Egypt during the month of June.

I initially went to volunteer with Al Mawred in the slums of Cairo and more precisely in Istabl Antar and Ezbet khayrallah area!
The kids! and the slums !
when i first got there i couldn’t help but wonder if they were any worse than the Indian slums!
oO the Brazilian ones!
At least people in Istabl Antar are productive (something that is rare to find in other slums i visited)

The kids! and the slums !

On the way, from the mini bus window
First picture i took upon my arrival
They are all looking for a 2nd 3rd or 4th wife!  Anyone interested? they asked me to post their picture!!!!

Then i started working with kids on different themes. mainly we focused a lot on animals! bodies, voices, attitudes etc…

when we all met in the big theatre space, the only way to get their attention was to mime and clown around!
and to tell them stories from the “flower’s garden” repertoire which they enjoyed very much!  pic by: Halim Al Chaarani
These are candles that he would like to have so he can get rid of darkness at night when there’s no electricity and when his father is away!
our goodbyes
ClownMe In and Sabine Choucair shared a link.

Are the slums of Egypt any worse than other slums in the world? | Sabine Choucair





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