Don’t call me a cheapskate. I’m not one of those extreme couponers who walk out of the drugstore with 30 tubes of toothpaste having paid only $3. The drugstore didn’t have 30 tubes, so I bought five and left one on the shelf for good karma. I became a self-proclaimed deal maven five years ago when I started a mommy blog FatHeadDog.com. My son had just been born and I couldn’t believe such small things (aka children) cost big bucks.
I wasn’t alone. In 2008 when I began blogging, there were an estimated 15,000 mommy blogs, talking about everything from diapers and deals to Down syndrome and postpartum depression. Today, according to Babble.com, 14 percent of all U.S. moms are mommy bloggers.
To the untrained ear, the advice given to Jim Rohn by his mentor Earl Schoaff sounds contradictory.
“Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job,” the late philosopher says with his unique cadence and tone.
But listen to the words from Rohn’s mouth and you know that this man’s advice is anything but contradictory. He’s not saying you shouldn’t work hard at a job you love. The hard work comes naturally when you love what you do. What Rohn is saying is that personal development—the building and strengthening of you—is how you become better at everything else. Communication, time management, goal setting, leadership—these all improve when you do.
When I started FatHeadDog.com, I explained exactly how I scored all my great deals at CVS. Roll the clip. That’s video of me on NBC5 in Dallas bragging about my $4,000 in savings. And I wasn’t even trying that hard.
But soon, everyone had a Mommy Blog and I couldn’t keep up with the sheer volume of deals that came out daily. Something about a full-time job really cramps your blogging lifestyle.
Tony Little’s 2010 book, There’s Always a Way opens with a peculiar list. There are two columns, one with the words “Adversities of My Life” atop, and the other, “Victories of My Life.” Little, 56, has overcome more obstacles in one lifetime than 10 men combined.
It’s not the first time that Gilt.com, the upscale flash sale site has offered automobiles for sale online, but noteworthy with such a fashionable brand as Fiat. The sale, which began today at 12pm EST, features a Fiat 500 by Gucci plus a trip to Italy for $27,750 (honest to God, a bargain). Later in the day a Fiat 500 Cabrio and 500 Abarth will go on sale, for a price not listed until sale time.
Note: In a departure from my typical content, this is a Father’s Day blog I wrote for SUCCESS magazine.
I never knew my dad’s outlet until just now.
Driving into work this morning, I felt blank. Void. I didn’t have any words to say outwardly, but I needed to express myself inwardly.
“I need to write,” I thought, making a mental note to post that as my Facebook status. “That’s my outlet, my thing—writing.” Already I was feeling better.
That got me thinking about other people’s escapes. My husband’s outlet is sleeping. When things overwhelm him and he feels stuck, he sleeps. A lot. Then he wakes up, literally and figuratively, and feels better.
My best friend’s outlet is music. Loud, house music of the club persuasion. He’s this big, beefy Englishman and yet he loves a poppy electronic tune to get his day going.
My late father-in-law’s outlet was us. His new wife and child were demanding, but laughing and going out with his sons and me was the escape he needed, although he had hell to pay when he got home.
What about my father? He was a … READ THE COMPLETE POST AT SUCCESS MAGAZINE.
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