Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: How to take a break while looking busy, how to skip airport security, why you’re not really bad with money, what you need to teach your children, and why bad things can sometimes be good.


1. 4 Ways Financial Adversity Makes You a Better Person

[Money Rebound] “It would be great if we could all glide through life with no worries, problems or cares. As I’m sure you’ve experienced yourself, though, life isn’t always that kind and sometimes we have to deal with some pretty trying situations.”

While this post is about financial adversity, it applies to all of the challenges we occasionally encounter. So how does adversity make you better? It makes you more appreciative, stronger, wiser and more compassionate.

Truer words were never spoken. Check out the post for more.

2. 5 Wealth Concepts You Need to Teach Your Children

[Money Q&A] “Some parents claim that they will teach their children about money when they get older, or that they don’t want to burden their kids’ childhood with budgeting and debt. The problem with that approach is that too many kids grow up without any money sense — and then make mistakes in adulthood that send them into a spiral of debt and financial struggle.“

It’s hard to argue with the logic in this article. The concepts you should both practice and preach include delayed gratification, living within your means, and the difference between good and bad debt. See the article for the rest.

3. 3 (Incorrect) Reasons You Think You’re ‘Bad with Money’

[Money Ning] “Have you ever put a label on yourself and then had a hard time removing it? A lot of people do this, especially when it comes to money. … If you’re constantly thinking you have bad luck with finances or are generally bad with money, it’s probably because of one of these reasons.”

I’ve basically devoted my adult life to trying to reach people who think they just can’t “get it” when it comes to money, so this title caught my eye.

Why do people think they’re bad with money when they’re not? According to this author, it’s because they’re comparing their beginning with someone else’s “middle,” they’re not putting in enough effort, or they don’t know where to start.

4. Skip the Airport Security Line for $20 per Year

[Narrow Bridge Finance] “I found parking in the economy lot, took the shuttle in, and walked through security with no line, without taking off my shoes, with my liquids and laptop in my bag, and my belt on my waist. Thanks to TSA Precheck, each time I go through security it’s a breeze. And for $20 per year, there is no reason any frequent traveler should go without it.”

I’ve gotten Precheck treatment before (an airline I fly frequently sometimes gives it to me) but I’ve never officially joined the Precheck program. After reading this article, however, I want to.

It’s not all wine and roses. There’s an in-person interview and a $100 application fee. Still, I think I’m going to go for it. If you travel more than a few times a year and hate lines, you’ll probably want to as well.

5. 8 Ways to Take a Break at Work (and Still Look Busy)

[Wise Bread] “If you spend your day in an office, a cubicle, a dark room, or behind a desk, chances are good that — at some point — you are going to lose focus, your productivity is going to decrease, and your energy level will plummet.”

I certainly know that feeling. So what can we do to maintain our focus and stay energized? This post offers ideas to take breaks without exactly taking breaks. For example, hand-delivering something in your office that you could have emailed offers a break from your desk, as well as a little exercise. Other suggestions include splitting your lunch into smaller breaks, walking around while listening to conference calls, and exercising at your desk.

During your next break, read the article for additional tips.

What do you like?

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