Personal Finance Round-Up: Don’t Let Perfection Get You Down

perfect smile womanThere is a fine line between being proud to the point of arrogance and being proud of your own abilities for what they are. We are all in this world to grow and become better for the sake of our families and others in the world. With that growth and knowledge we gain, we can turn around and see where our abilities can help others.

But that fine line can get blurred quite often. Power can go right to your head and you can easily turn from someone humble and willing to help others into someone willing to do anything to maintain that power. On the other side of the coin, the world of perfection that has been created by American Idol and supermodel magazines has changed us, the real people out here. Many of us now feel imperfect in comparison and it shows when we use our talents.

Stop being afraid of imperfection. What makes the world great is the imperfection, the human qualities that we all posses. Your talents are great and your uniqueness makes them even stronger. Don’t be one of those people in this 48 Days article entitled, I’m so sorry for this…, apologetic about performing something wonderful because it’s not 100% perfect. And the same thing goes for your finances too. It’s all a growing experience and any progress is something to be proud of!

For more financially geared inspiration, see these articles:

It’s Local. It’s in Season. So Why’s the Food So Expensive?
You’d be wise to be wary of local restaurants touting locally grown, organic produce. It may be fresher but it may also be a ploy to get you in the seat. [Get Currency]

Never Go to Bed Angry About Money!
There are some things you just shouldn’t do angry; money is one of those. Whether it’s bed time or mid-day, fighting about money sucks. Is money a source of conflict between you and your significant other? [DINKS]

Feds Cracking Down on Insider Trading
Stock trading can be a great source of wealth if done right and done well. Some of the wealthiest people in the world got there due to learning, researching, and using the stock market to build an empire. But doing it the wrong way could land you in prison! [Kiplinger]

4 1/2 Mistakes When Negotiating Something Big
Negotiating is a skill. Learn it well and you will save money all your life. Here are some mistakes to avoid and learn from. [Mint Blog]

Our Town Hall Was Built Debt Free
The town mentioned in this article can be a great example to all of us. While most of the government is digging the nation deeper and deeper into debt, this town refused to go into debt for a building! [Spilling Buckets]

10 Celebrities Who Got Burned by Identity Thieves
It often seems like celebrities are impervious to some of the daily trials you and I deal with. Well, you can mark identity theft off your list. Fame or no fame, identities get stolen. [Business Pundit]

Change Your Life: Banishing Your Fears
Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of bad breath..these are all real fears that stop us in our tracks. They get in the way of us doing the amazing. This article can help you get over whatever you fear. [Work Goes Strong]

Having a Successful Garage Sale
Yard sales are great for trying to make a few extra summer bucks or simply for clearing out the clutter from your home. But like anything else, yard sales can go south. Here’s how to land on success. [Dollar Stretcher]

Why People Spend Too Much
Ever wonder what goes through someone’s mind as they drop a few thousand at a casino or on a new fancy car every year? Check out this study. [Five Cent Nickel]