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Quick Hits of the Week

  • So, here’s an interesting development. Due to changes in banking regulations, a lot of the once “free” services offered by your local bank’s checking account are now incurring monthly fees. Consumers are seeking safer and cheaper options, and retailers are more than willing to step up. Walmart is now offering a prepaid American Express card that works a lot like a credit or debit card. They’re accepted the same as a regular AmEx card,  can be used to withdraw cash from a network of ATMs or to “get roadside assistance, bank from their smartphones and, eventually, write checks out of an account linked to the card.” This has the banks worried, and rightfully so. The market might still bring some truth to the lie of being ‘too big to fail.’
  • A while back, Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, and NYT best-selling author, released his new book Platform. I’ve thought about picking it up, but I was a bit intimidated by it. I can’t be Hyatt, and I doubt my road to success will look anything like his. In fact, the road to success gets lost in the brambles more often than not. Over at Hyatt’s blog, Lucille Zimmerman has a guest post talking about just these problems, and she offers six ways to stay focused when things get overwhelming. Numbers two and four nailed me. How about you?
  • On tattoos: It doesn’t matter what your profession is, or what piece of skin needs a little art on it, it seems like everyone is getting a little (or a lot of) ink these days. Personally, I’m not interested, and my wife doesn’t want me to be interested (10 Marital Harmony Points earned). If I were, though, I would have to get something practical, and my first instinct would be one like this. However, given how often I find myself lost during sports conversations, maybe a tattoo of this would be more helpful.
  • I’m getting a little tired of all the discussion of genetically modified food going around in hushed and sinister tones, like the world’s agricultural industry is out to poison all of it’s customers. I’m not saying there aren’t problems, but the benefits of GM crops are being way under-reported.  Remember, when it comes to the news, fear sells more ad space. We live in a better world than we’ve been led to believe.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

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Quick Hits of the Week

  • I set an annual goal of reading, on average, two non-fiction books every month. It usually ends up being 25 to 30 books every year when I’m done. Harry Truman said, “Not every reader is a leader, but all leaders are readers.” Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones said, “You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” If you are seeking to influence the people around you, you need to be reading books that will grow you into the leader that you want to become. I just recently finished Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which is a little poignant since he died a couple of days later.  The world needs more leaders like Covey.
  • Ever since we began planting and growing our food, we’ve been tinkering with it. Gregor Mendel is considered the father of modern genetics, and he did most of his research by modifying pea plants. Apples are no exception. What we eat today has been modified through natural gene exchange that occurred as a part of the process of millennia of agriculture. Today we have a company that has modified apples by introducing a synthetic version of a gene already found in the fruit. They simply want to grow apples that are resistant to browning caused by cuts and bruises. This will allow more of the apple crop to make it to market (because grocers will reject bruised fruit) and could increase apple consumption (which has fallen by 20% in recent decades). I don’t see the problem with it, but then again I’m one of those freaks who think that people should be able to consume raw milk, too.
  • Everyone knows that they need to be saving and investing for their future. We need savings to protect us against the unexpected. We need investments to provide us with options, and allow us to finish our lives strong. The problem is that most of us do neither consistently. We don’t make it a priority. That has to change. Seek out strategies for saving money, so you can build a foundation to grow wealth from. Don’t guess when it comes to investing, instead follow the habits of successful investors. You can’t put it off any longer.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

July 19, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week