Previously,I had written a post about why you should build a personal website. Today’s post will be about how to design and build that website. Although I personally recommend Weebly, you can use any other website building service out there. Weebly is just extremely easy-to-use and affordable. It comes with a wide selection of themes and images (both free and not free) to make your website look professional and attractive. At just $8 per month for the annual membership, you can have a professional website up and running within a couple hours. Here are my top tips for your personal website.
Our world is moving increasingly online. Many years ago, it was common for people to mail or hand in printed copies of their resumes when job hunting. With the advent of the internet, it became extremely easy for people to submit electronic resumes when applying for jobs. Next came social networking, and in particular, Linkedin. Linkedin allows us to have a professional online presence, network with other professionals, and look for job opportunities. It evolved the way people networked and connected with each other professionally. I believe that we can take it even a step further with a personal website to showcase our skills, projects, accomplishments, and interests.
"Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances."
Not too long after I moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles to leave a job I didn’t like, I discovered a Groupon deal for acting classes. It was a beginner’s class for people who have never acted before. I never did any drama or theater in school. I was always a more logical and analytical person, and never had any interest in the performing arts. Little did I know, this coupon would drastically change me as a person, and ultimately the course of my life.
“In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
In the business world, managers and executives make important decisions every day. Making the wrong decision could cost millions of dollars. To maximize their chances of making the best decision, they need to rely on a mix of experience, intuition, and good analytics. According to a Bloomberg article, 55% of respondents claimed that their current use of analytics has reduced their costs.
You may not think about it, but taxes eat away at your investment returns. Most people tend to focus on their rate of return without realizing that legally avoiding taxes through a tax-advantaged retirement vehicle can easily contribute to a 25%+ return depending on their tax bracket. If you have a large dividend portfolio, your dividend income would get taxed every year. Although your qualified dividends will get taxed at a lower rate, those taxes still add up over time. Thankfully, you can use a Roth IRA to avoid taxes on your investment earnings.
When I first started working after graduation, my mind was focused on making it. I wanted to move up as quickly as possible and make as much money as quickly as possible at any cost. I didn’t care too much about work/life balance. I didn’t care if I ate unhealthy food on the company’s dime, or ignore my workout routine for weeks at a time. I didn’t care if my relationships were suffering. However, after a certain point, I realized that I wasn’t happy with the life I had created for myself.
In my previous post, I presented three Warren Buffett quotes and explained what they meant. Since there are just so many nuggets of wisdom that Mr. Buffett has provided over the years, I want to continue to put out more posts dedicated to his knowledge.
I’ve seen many people whose attitudes are to grind, grind, then grind more. They may have a relentless work ethic and an extreme drive to get things done. It’s almost as if they need to feel like they’ve exhausted themselves in order to feel like they’ve accomplished something. They need to burn the midnight oil all the time. However, I am here to tell you that that is probably not the best way to get things done. You’ll probably end up with poor quality work if you constantly exhaust yourself. In fact, there is a much easier and efficient way to finish your work.
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