April, 2009

Marketing Wisdom in a 1970s Hit Song

“Just like me… they long to be… close to you…”
Okay, okay. You probably think ol’ Rich has fallen off his rocker this time, but hear me out… Because there’s a whole lot of wisdom in that one line from the Carpenters’ 1970 smash hit. And it has absolutely nothing to do with birds suddenly appearing every time you are near….

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Say Goodbye to Weekend Weight Gain

Sleeping in… Barbecues… Dinners out with friends. Weekends can be rough! At least, as far as your body is concerned. But it’s easy to prevent weekend weight gain. Just make sure you work out regularly. (Doing it early in the day is best, and you’ll get a more powerful workout if you combine short-burst exercises with multi-muscle techniques.) And watch what you eat. http://www.earlytorise.com/2009/04/25/dont-work-too-hard.html#brief2

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The Danger of Pursuing Passive Income

Real estate investing has given my husband and me a great deal of freedom to do what we want with our lives. Whether we decide to putter around the yard, go mountain biking, or focus on our Internet business, we are making money from our properties. Many would say we’re earning passive income, but we no longer do.

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Working for the Tip

It must be the only hotel in New York City, nay, the world, that doesn’t have automatic doors.
But wait! It does have a doorman. Seems friendly enough when you pull up in a cab. Offers to take your bag.
But if you dare to reject his offer to carry your bag into the lobby… he lets you get the door yourself.

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Information Overload: How to Escape the Crush

Stanley Bergen has a problem. As a regular reader of ETR and a new member of the Oxford Club, he’s getting so much good stuff from us (he’s especially interested in learning how to “eliminate some debt” and retire one day) that he “can’t figure out what to read.”

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How to Play the Market Right Now

Since the market turned around and started doing its rocket imitation, most people I have spoken to are shaking their heads saying, “It isn’t real,” “It has no legs,” and “It’s 1933 all over again.” Since when are we supposed to be suspicious of a rally?

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Is the U.S. Embassy Really Your Best Friend Overseas?

The stock advice for American travelers seeking safety information for other countries is to check out the advisories at travel.state.gov. It is also recommended that you register with the State Department before your trip, and then check in with the local U.S. embassy or consulate once you get there.

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