Author: cheerful.egg

What I’m Reading This Week

Is Giving The Secret to Getting Ahead? (NYT) – it’s a long article, but totally awesomesauce. Diamonds Are Bullshit (Priceonomics) Google Is Eating The Internet (Phil Pearlman) but also see Why I Left Google (JW) What Ben Bernanke Would Say If He Stopped Being Polite and Started Getting Real (Washington Post) Why The Rich Don’t Give to Charity (The Atlantic) The Not Knowing Path of Being An Entrepreneur (zenhabits) And some great articles on passive investing: Focus on Norway, not Cyprus (Abnormal Returns) Why You Should Consider Taking Financial Advice From a Computer (Bloomberg) Just for fun: Some friends...

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How To Do What You Love (Even If It’s Just For 20 Minutes)

So last week, this article from the Onion went viral. The title says it all: Find the Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights and Weekends For the Rest of Your Life. Just find the thing you enjoy doing more than anything else, your one true passion, and do it for the rest of your life on nights and weekends when you’re exhausted and cranky and just want to go to bed.   So I thought that article was great. I wanna expand a little bit more on it, and offer some Small Tweaks that I’ve personally...

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The Art of Doing Nothing

This post from Barry Ritholtz (The Big Picture) was too awesome not to share. He talks about why doing nothing is often the best way to invest: Don’t do something, anything, just for the sake of it. If you are going to do something, you better have a damned good reason for it. Doing something feels good. Doing something creates the illusion of control. Doing something responds to the angst we feel when we are unhappy with current circumstances.   Nothing is the enemy of the financial industry. Doing nothing does not generate any business. You cannot sell a front load mutual fund, an annuity, or any sort of private...

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What I’m Reading This Week

It’s pretty funny what people get up to during a long commute. Some people watch Korean dramas. Some people play Candy Crush. Some people sing and play the guitar. I’m weird, so I read articles. Like lots and lots and lots of articles. There’s just way too much knowledge out there, and I figured it’ll be a total waste if I didn’t share what I came across with you. That’s why I’m starting a new series of posts called What I’m Reading This Week, with articles fresh off the blogosphere that I thought were awesome. Here’s a list of what I...

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Confessions of An Email Addict

Dear Office Email, It’s time you knew the truth. I hate you.  Like smash-you-with-a-baseball-bat-if-you-were-a physical-object kind of hate. I’ve never met anyone that caused me so much misery. Whenever I see you, a fluffy little bunny dies along with a part of my soul. We didn’t use to be like this. Once upon a time, I used to love turning you on. You were the first thing I looked at in the mornings, and you used to reward me with these little nuggets of information. All that info was so new and… exciting. I used to love reading them...

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Why You Should Always Go Upstairs

So last week, I had to get my iPhone fixed. Why? Because my speaker broke down.  I knew I had to get it fixed when my girlfriend (who has never seen Star Wars in her life), called me and claimed that Darth Vader answered the phone: What I thought I sounded like: “Hey so I’ll see you for lunch at 2.30?” What I actually sounded like: “(HEAVY MECHANICAL BREATHING) YOU DON’T KNOW THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE!!!” The Phone Chronicles So being the personal finance geek that I was, I did a rational cost-benefit analysis and decided that...

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Pointy-Haired Boss Gives Career Advice

Loved yesterday’s Dilbert strip which gives some excellent career advice: If you want your company to value you, start by being valuable first. I know way too many people who whine constantly about their jobs: The boss sucks, the pay sucks, the location sucks, they aren’t given enough responsibility, etc. But the truth is, nobody owes you anything. You need to figure out how to grow your skills and be So Good They Can’t Ignore You before you start talking about benefits and raises. What’s the one thing you could do today to improve your career capital? Comic strip from...

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How Language Affects Your Ability to Save

Booya! Welcome to the very first “official” post at the relaunched, self-hosted, cheerfulegg.com! I spent the weekend migrating to a self-hosted website, which means I take your cheerfulegg reading experience seriously enough to actually pay to get those pesky ads removed. Woot woot. Anyways, it’s been awhile since I posted a TED talk, so I’ll share one I thought was pretty interesting in a nerdy, academic sort of way. This one is by Keith Chen, who came up with a pretty interesting hypothesis: Speaking Mandarin makes you more likely to save. No, seriously, fareals. Check it out: Okay more...

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Troubleshooting!

Hey! Quick update: I’ve just moved cheerfulegg.com from WordPress to a self-hosted site. This should get rid of all the pesky ads you’ve been seeing, as well as allow me to add some customizations I haven’t been able to do before (you might have already seen some changes around the blog!) I still have a couple of bugs left to iron out, so please be patient while I troubleshoot them. In the meantime, have a great...

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You Only Live Once

I’m a HUGE fan of Lonely Island. Came across this awesome music video titled YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, feat Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar (who?). I love it because it makes fun of people who take risk a little too seriously (“Two words about furniture: KILLING MACHINES!!”). But while we scoff at the idea that we should stop going to clubs because loud music is bad for your ears, it amazes me that so many young people adopt that very same mindset when it comes to investing. Here’s an interesting thought: Investing in the stock market is risky in...

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What Chinese New Year Blackjack Taught Me About Money

Okay, hypothetical scenario. Imagine you’re on your honeymoon in Las Vegas, chilling in your swanky hotel room while your spouse is taking a shower. While checking out the minibar, you come across a $5 gaming chip in one of the drawers – the previous occupant must have mistakenly left it there. You take the $5 chip and head downstairs to the roulette tables, where you bet it on your favorite number: 25. To your surprise, the ball lands on 25 and the dealer hands you $175. You decide to let your winnings ride by betting it on 25 again....

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An Epiphany From First Class

One of the best perks of my job is that I get to pretend to be a rich person. Well, not all the time of course. Like I definitely did not feel rich these past 2 weeks: Staying late in the office, eating at my desk, slaving over Excel sheets till I started dreaming of VLOOKUP commands, and feeling absolutely miserable. So I got really happy when I got to take a break from it all to fly First Class to Beijing for a work trip. I sipped a glass of champagne, slid down into the overly spacious fine-grained...

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Passive Investing: The Movie

It’s only 2 weeks into 2013 and I’m already swamped! These few weeks are absolutely packed for me, with work guzzling most of my brain fuel, and an upcoming work trip to Beijing. I’m also sticking with my 2013 goal schedule, as well as finding time to work on a free ebook (woot!) that will be making its way here soon, I promise! So whenever life hits me with a gazillion things to do, I usually take things a little slower, kick back and do something chill like watch a movie. But because I’m a huge financial nerd, I get...

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How To Make Everyone Jealous of How Awesome You Are

So here’s the thing – I hate running in January. Nope, it’s got nothing to do with the weather – Singapore has only one climate all-year round: Hot and sweaty. Like the title of a porn movie. And it’s not because I don’t like exercising in general. I hate running in January because there are way Too. Many. People. Every time January 1st  rolls around, the track I usually frequent actually looks like a porn movie: filled with panting, sweaty people doing laps. Most of these folks got up on January 1st and decided that they would change their...

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The 2012 Cheerfulegg Review

All the blogs in the world are reviewing 2012 at the moment. In summary, the world didn’t end, Obama got re-elected, the Euro crisis didn’t blow up, and most importantly, Singapore saw a record number of sex scandals. And they said Singaporeans don’t have enough sex. So I thought it’d be a good time to do a little personal review of my own. I got this idea off Chris Guillebeau’s framework on annual reviews, which he cites as probably the best decision he’s made in terms of working towards multiple goals simultaneously (He’s probably one of the most successful bloggers...

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