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This week: How to motivate yourself, how to get paid to do what you love, how to save on pest control, why Internet commenters don't change minds, and whether you should go to college or start a business.

1. Should You Go to College or Start a Business?

[PT Money] “For many of us, going to college is simply what you do after high school. We’ve had it drilled into our heads that getting at least a bachelor’s degree is imperative if you hope to succeed. And we so believe in the worth of a college degree that we are willing to go into significant debt in order to earn one.”

This thought-provoking post confirms a couple of realities. One is that, despite the cost, a college degree still translates into more lifetime earnings. Another is that while many successful entrepreneurs skipped college, the majority of new businesses fail.

It’s an interesting read. Check it out.

2. Why Most Internet Activists Don’t Change Any Minds

[Raptitude] “… most Internet activists let contempt seep into the message. It becomes about making others wrong instead of trying to help them be right. Just visit virtually any issue-related message board. It’s adversarial.”

Amen, brother. As the moderator of dozens of daily comments we get for this site, I was at first amazed, then disheartened by the level of anger, hate, name-calling and vitriol used more often than not in reader comments. (Recent example: Check out the comments below “Ask Stacy: Why Income Inequality Matters to Everyone.”) 

Before you read, or write, another comment, read this post. But here’s another quote that sums it up in a nutshell: “The worst thing a person can do for their stance is to deliver it packaged with a moral judgment. This effectively eliminates the other person’s freedom to agree, and may even create a committed opponent to their cause.”

Well said.

3. Best Options for Saving Money on Pest Control

[Save Outside the Box] “… having someone come out and spray your house for bugs quarterly gets really expensive. Did you know that you can do it yourself for far less money? I’ve been doing my own pest control for over a year now.”

We’ve covered this topic before (See “10 Cheap, Effective Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home“) but this is a compelling argument from a guy who’s doing it. He explains what chemical to buy, where to buy it, how long it takes and how much you’ll save.

The only thing left unexplained is how I’ll convince my wife I no longer need to call the bug man.    

4. The Magic Combo to Get Paid to Do What You Love

[The Empowered Dollar] “Growing up, I dreamed of being an animator. I watched “Looney Tunes” on repeat, sketching out Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian in front of the TV over a bowl of popcorn. … Then I went to college and my art died.”

This animated confession from a personal finance blogger is something many of us can relate to. Like all good stories, hers starts with loss and ends with redemption, along with some great advice: Develop a skill you’re passionate about and let that passion show in everything you do.

5. 6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself

[Wise Bread] “You can be the most organized person in the world and keep all the lists that you want, but if you can’t motivate yourself, you’re not going to get anything done.”

That’s something else most of us can probably relate to. So how do we motivate ourselves? The tips include talking to yourself in the second person, rewarding yourself, and breaking big tasks down into small ones. This is good stuff. Give it a read.

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