Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: taming your emotions, turning your brain into a business, networking in surprising places, habits of success, and tricks for sticking to a budget.


1. Sticking to a Budget

[Gen Y Wealth] While I can’t imagine anyone having written more about creating and sticking to a budget than we have, there’s always something new to learn. Tips from this article by Matt at Gen Y Wealth include making a list of free things you like, negotiating with yourself, and how to refocus when your budget goes south.

2. 9 Unconventional Habits of Extraordinary Success

[Marc and Angel Hack Life] I’m a sucker for the inspirational. Sure, we’ve heard it all before, but it never hurts to hear it again. This post has tips like helping at least one person every day, giving more when you feel like giving up, and accepting where you are, wherever you are. Feeling down? Give it a read.

3. 5 Surprising Networking Locales

[SavvySugar] When you think of networking, you probably picture a convention, meeting, or similar situation. This post suggests considering anywhere you find a crowd, like public transportation, bars, the lunch line, or even while running a marathon. Not bad advice, I suppose, depending on the purpose you’re reaching out.

4. 3 Ways to Turn Your Knowledge into a Business

[MoneyNing] If you haven’t yet taken the plunge, you’ve probably thought about it: using your brain as the basis for a business. This post suggests three possibilities: starting your own blog (it’s working for me), becoming a consultant, and teaching.

5. 6 Ways to Manage Powerful Emotions

[Wise Bread] I’m not one who often blows up – I’m more the passive-aggressive type, which is probably worse. Maybe next time I get mad, instead of using an acid tongue, I should try some of the things suggested by this post: Pause, breathe, remind yourself it’s temporary, get by yourself, let it out, or choose your response.

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