Month: March 2015

Personal Finance: Making Up for Lost Time in My Thirties

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A screen capture from Openfolio showing the performance of my investments.

In my twenties, I rarely thought about my personal finances. I paid my bills, paid off my credit card each month, and kept up with my student loan payments. I didn’t think too much about retirement savings, and whatever leftover money I had, I kept in a savings account. It was only when I was close to turning thirty that I started to think more about my finances. A couple of blogs influenced me: Mr. […]

Lessons from The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker: Making Meetings Productive

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A group of us at Barrel have been reading The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker together. We started discussing it last week and will continue over the coming weeks. The book, written in 1967, doesn’t show its age (although there are anachronisms like the workforce being mostly a male-dominated space in those days). Its lessons are still applicable to people who work in today’s organizations. Here’s what Drucker writes when he defines the label “executive”: […]

Slow, Incremental Training for a Sprint Distance Triathlon

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I’ve decided to train and enter myself in a couple of sprint triathlons this year. I’m pretty excited. The common “Olympic distance” triathlon is: 1.5 km (0.93 mile) swim 40 km (25-mile) bike ride 10 km (6.2 mile) run The sprint distance triathlon is about half as long: 750 km (0.47 mile) swim 20 km (12-mile) bike ride 5 km (3.1 mile) run This type of physical exercise is uncharted territory for me. I am […]