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Weekend Reading - November 24th, 2017

It’s OK to be unapologetically obsessed with the things you care about. It doesn’t matter how wacky your goals may be. The people criticizing you are too afraid to try themselves. They wished they had your courage. They’re fearful that one day you might succeed, making them regret their lack of effort.

Article of the Week

Be Unapologetically Fierce About Pursuing Your Dreams - (Financial Samurai) - Sorry, not sorry.


Rebalancing, with an Eye on Tax Costs - (Oblivious Investor) - It's worth taking a look at your tax situation as you decide to rebalance your portfolio.

The Charmed Life of a Thankful Investor- (Portfolio Charts) - Successful investing requires a positive outlook from time to time.

Rules of Thumb are Worthless - (The Reformed Broker) - The trickiness of balancing experience with open-mindedness in the market.

All the Right Reasons - (Humble Dollar) - Consider these things before dialing down your exposure to the stock market.


The Emerging Markets Performance Cycle - (A Wealth of Common Sense) - Emerging markets are having a great year, at what cost does that come?

Five Economic Reasons to be Thankful  (Calculated Risk) - These economic indicators have been in the green recently.

401(k) savings are up this year thanks to just 21 stocks. Is that good?- (USA Today) - FAANG stocks have been pushing returns forward in many mutual funds.

Personal Finance

8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s- (Gen Y Planning) - It's all about cash flow and debt management early on.

Should You Follow Jay-Z’s Financial ‘Blueprint’?- (NerdWallet) - Some lessons to be learned from Hova himself.

Ten Financial Principles- (Humble Dollar) - Keep it simple, be specific in your goals, and avoid using rules of thumb for your personal situation.

Personal Growth

Want to Improve Your Life After Thanksgiving? Here Are 5 Habits of the Happiest People - (Inc.) - Pull yourself out of the holiday doldrums and get a head start on the new year.

Good Bad Like Dislike- (Feld Thoughts) - Figure out your strengths and likes to ensure you are doing what your meant to be doing.

Mentally Challenging Yourself Curbs Anxiety and Depression, New Research Shows- (Big Think) - Having the ability to focus can help you redirect your thought in a more positive place, research says.

How to Form the Decisiveness Habit - (Zen Habits) - Develop and practice the proper habits to help alleviate your indecisiveness.

39 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago - (Darius Foroux) - A great list of reminders for all of us.  

Tiny Steps - (Bason Asset Management) -  It's the small things, compounded that have the greatest effect.


Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?- (The New Yorker) - Fascinating and terrifying read on the effects of carbon dioxide moving forward and what's being done to alleviate the problem.

Was It a Good Idea to Beam Our Best Techno to an Alien World?- (Gizmodo) - Is *unz* anyone *unz* out *unz* there? *unz*

The Photoshoppers Behind Dreamy Jupiter Photos - (The Atlantic) - How some digital artists are helping bring Jupiter to life for the rest of us.

Charlotte Happenings

Agenda Weekender: 75+ things to do over your 4-day weekend, including Thanksgiving Eve celebrations, the region’s largest parade and Small Business Saturday- (Charlotte Agenda) 

11 free things to do with friends and family Thanksgiving Weekend- (Charlotte on the Cheap)

WeWork doubles its footprint in uptown Charlotte- (Charlotte Business Journal)

Charlotte Ranked #1 Most Likely City In America To Attract Amazon’s New $5 Billion HQ2- (Charlotte Stories)