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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #41


As many of you know, I enjoy setting goals for myself quite regularly and I actually share them with my readers as well! It’s pretty risky because occasionally, I have proven myself a failure, but at other times, the goals were met and I felt like I was on top of the world! Either way, the site improves and my readers have a great time coming along for the ride.

So, let’s check out what goals I set for myself by the end of this year, 2011.

Goals For The Rest of This Year, Through December 2011

I have set three major goals for myself and have them listed below. Take a look at my progress.

1) Continue to Write 3-4 Posts Per Week – I did it again! Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Today (and actually, on Saturday I wrote my Income Report for the month of October, so that totals up to 5 articles). That’s a big check in the box. Hope you enjoyed them all!

2) Develop a “Resources” Page – There are quite a few readers that are interested in developing their own website, and I’d like to make it easy for them to acquire all of the information that I’ve learned over the past year. To accomplish this, I plan on creating a new page full of website resources that I use to facilitate Life And My Finances.

I created the Start Your Own Blog page about a week and a half ago (and therefore will be taking it off of my goals update in the near future). It’s been a big hit so far, and it’s actually inspired quite a few people to start their very first blog! I love it!

3) Write the eBook – I can’t believe that this is still on my goals list…. I have had plans to write a new eBook that will help students graduate from college with absolutely no debt, but it just isn’t completed yet. I will actually have to work on it a ton to get it complete by the end of December, 2011, but I still think it’s possible. I can’t wait to really sink my teeth into this!

I sat down and plugged away on my book for 2 nights out of the 7, so I don’t feel too bad about it. But, soon I’ll have to peck away at it daily. I hope to give a better report next week. 

Weekly Round-Up

Here are the articles I enjoyed this week. I hope you enjoy them too!

 Never Tell Anyone How Much Money You Make – by Financial Samurai

Dollar Cost Averaging: A Safer Investing Strategy – by Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

Ways For Busy Parents to Teach Young Children About Money – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

I Don’t Mind Paying Full Price For Experience – by Retire by 40

5 Financial Decisions that Make Me Smile – by Free Money Wisdom

Patience Yields Profits When Investing – by Cash Flow Mantra

What Would You Do With Extra Income? – by 20’s Finances

The Biggest Ponzi Scheme in History: Pensins – by Investorz Blog

Energy Smart Car Buying – by Financially Consumed



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Great progress. Thanks also for the mention. Any idea if this ebook is going to be for sale or free?

    • I actually plan on selling this one. I’m putting quite a few hours into it, and I might even publish it into a paperback as well (I have already been offered this opportunity). This thing is going to be jam packed with every detail you can think of to graduate from college without debt. Everyone should have a copy of this book once it’s out for sale.

      • That is awesome, dude. Congrats. I was offered to write an article in a guy’s book. It will be a great opportunity and definitely help with traffic for my blog. I’m sure your book will be a hit. Keep it up!

        • Oh, and thank you for including me on the round-up! I really appreciate it!

          • No problem! I still enjoy reading your posts. You’ve got some good stuff!

        • That does sound like a cool opportunity. Good luck with your chapter!

  2. Thank you so much for including me in the round up. Great job on getting some writing done on your ebook. I know that is the first task to get missed.

    • Yep. It’s tough to get motivated to work on something that’s going to take months to complete. It never seems like any progress is made! But, I’m actually working on it right now and getting quite a bit done (thanks to the 25 hour day today)! 🙂

  3. Thanks for including me in your roundup, Derek! I was thinking of writing an ebook myself, but never could find any passion for it.

    • I would love to see an investment book come from you! A great seller would be “Hot Stocks for 2012”! 🙂

  4. Thanks Derek. I enjoy following your progress, and I’m not ashamed to say that I aim to emulate your success. Blog on!

    • Sounds like I have quite a few depending on my success for thier motivation. That motivates me too! 🙂

  5. Nice job with getting the resources page up! You actually inspired me to finally put together mine. It looks like you will be hitting those goals this year. Let’s close out 2011 with a bang!

    • I sure hope all of these goals get wrapped up this year! I would love to cruise into 2012 with the feeling of accomplishment!

  6. Thanks again for the inclusion Derek. I really appreciate it.

    Congrats on maintaining your post schedule. That can be really hard some weeks… I know.
    Best of luck next month.

    • Thanks Miss T! Sometimes it is tough to post on a regular basis, but I make it work! I know everyone enjoys it.

  7. Derek,

    Looks like you’re plugging away at all of your goals. When you’re done, how about writing MY ebook too? 😉

    • Ha! I think I’m going to be burned out from writing my own! Once I’m done I’m just going to sleep! 🙂

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