I’m in a state of shock.

My eyes are sore; I’m hollow; mind pounding.

I need to sleep.

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Good Debt v Bad Debt: Credit Cards

I was first introduced to the concept that debt could de divided into two distinct  types, known as good debt and bad debt, after reading Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Here is Kiyosaki briefly explaining the differences between the two.

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Does Money Make You Happy?

New research carried out by the Michigan University economists, Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson, has once again stirred up the money equals happiness debate, after a review of 1,014 people found that as income levels increased so did the happiness of the people with the fatter wallets. In a nutshell version of the report, published in the American Economic Review, everybody with an annual salary of over £320,000 p.a described themselves as ‘very happy,’ whereas in stark contrast only 34% of those earning £6,400, or less, claimed likewise.

From a personal standpoint I have mixed feelings about the report. I tend to see the world through a rather narrow field of my everyday existence, so I don’t believe the happiness versus money debate is black and white. Instead, it resembles a painting given to you by your two-year old child. There are simply too many ingredients that go into the soup bowl of a great and happy life to make bold statements like ‘more money makes you happy.’

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Guest Blog Post – Consuming Alcohol Before Your Workouts – Is It Worth It?

Hey Drew,
I like to have a couple beers before I hit the gym. Alcohol helps me relax after a long day at work, but is it really affecting my workout all that much?

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Guest Blog Post – Breaking Bad Habits – Letting Go of Stress

31/365 - Stress.
They say fear is the mind killer, but stress will be the death of you. When an individual is stressed, they want to do more but do less. They feel like they need to work harder, but they are less productive because of it. It is backwards thinking, and it must be eliminated at its root. The first step in figuring out how to deal with stress is to get some perspective on what stress is.

Stress is a completely natural reaction to a dangerous situation. For example, if a hunter gatherer was searching for berries and runs into a tiger, they would immediately drop everything and deal with the problem at hand; they would run as far away as possible. This is simple to understand, and for the most part is a great tool in the psychological kit of human beings. However, this doesn’t translate well in the modern world.

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Book 23 of 52: Change Your Gambling; Change Your Life by Howard Shaffer


Over five-years ago I had a terrible gambling problem that had spun completely out of control. I was gambling on anything and everything. There were no triggers that resulted in an impulse to gamble because it was my life. I gambled when I woke up, I set my robots to gamble when I was at work and I gambled when I came home. When I woke up each morning the first thing I did was check my laptop to see how much money I had won or lost. Only then would I roll over and kiss my ex-wife on the cheek and wish her a happy morning.

When I decided to quit alcohol I also used it as an opportunity to also quit gambling. I told myself that poker, although a form of gambling was different because it is a game that is heavily weighted to the more skilful players over the long run. So I quit all forms of gambling except for poker. In five-years I have only gambled once and funnily enough it was when I was drunk. It was in Las Vegas and I emptied my wallet of $3,000 while playing roulette.

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A Century

I am pleased, and proud, to announce that the Needy Helper is 100 days old today. 100 days ago I opened WordPress and wrote a blog post called I Am Going to Write 100 Consecutive Blog Posts. The blog post contained a commitment to my readers that I was going to provide them with content, every day, for the next 100 days. I have reached my first real milestone with this blog. I did what I set out to do as this is my 100th blog post.

So why did I set myself this goal?

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How to Write 100 Consecutive Blog Posts: The Midway Point

Halfway there

When I created the Needy Helper I launched the site on the back of two specific goals. Every website or blog needs a steady stream of good quality content and so I decided to launch it with a promise to write 100 Consecutive Daily Blog Posts. The second goal revolved around knowledge and learning. I am a great believer in the power of literature and so I set about reading 52 books in 52 weeks. This blog post is an update on the 100 Consecutive Daily Blog Posts goal as I reach the midway point in my challenge.

Accept the challenges so you can feel the exhilaration of victory – George S. Patton

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I Am Going to Write 100 Consecutive Blog Posts

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When it comes to creating a blog there are a lot of people who have been there, done it and bought the t-shirt. As an avid blog reader I find myself moving from blog to blog like juicy grapes on the vine. I am particularly interested in the blogs that have been created to help you create or improve your own blog. Invariably, each blog will have it’s own unique pieces of advice, but there will always be some foundations that every blog creator will insist upon should you want to retain an audience.

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