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1.) The unthinkable can and does happen…….. to every investor.

2.) Design and stick to your long-term plan ……… you’ll encounter plenty of temptation.

3.) Save and invest regularly …….. it’s a must for your game plan.

4.) Understand what you buy …….. it affects how easily you reach your goals.

5.) Mind the risks and spread your money around …… also known as diversification.

 6.) Buy quality investments …….. they can usually survive the bears longer.

7.) Be patient, but sell if your investment isn’t working …….. all losses start out small.

8.) Don’t chase hot performance ……. it has a nasty habit of cooling off quickly.

9.) Understand all the fees you pay ……. some are not so apparent.

10.) Bull markets begin in bad times …….. bear markets begin in good times.

For the full article, see the Financial Post:


This is such a neat site that tracks bloggers in their quest for investment profits. I liked how the by-line reads: where finance and reality meet. Many of the portfolios show negative results over the past year, which is probably indicative of the overall drop in the markets.

I found this great article on a site called “Dumb Little Man: Tips for Life.”

It’s a concise, well-explained and highly reflective list of the author’s life lessons. The lessons are indeed encrouaging.

1. Focus on the process and not the outcome.

2. Failure is a lead, not a stop sign.

3. Rejection is a booster, not a downer.

4. Happiness is the journey, not the destination.

5. Mind versus Heart equals turbulence; Mind and Heart equals wisdom.

6. If you want to be creative, stop trying to create.

7. Gratitude is the energy drink of the soul.

Author: Gilbert Ross

I was reminded tonight that as we move into uncertain times of joblessness, trusting that our provisions will always be provided, we need to remain humble, willing, and ready to take on whatever work that is required. There are always aspects of jobs that we don’t like, and some times we feel as though the job duties are beneath us. Yet, I was reminded this evening that the God that I believe in sent his son to earth, to live as a carpenter, to wash his disciples’ feet, and to do what seemed to be the most unthinkable: to die for us. Puts things in perspective for me, and I realize that all the titles, degrees, honours, awards and applause mean nothing, and until I’m willing to be humble enough to serve with the right attitude, I probably won’t be able to live a godly life.

Here’s an article from the Globe and Mail that interviews a writer about his experience with job lss, and how he turned an experience of watching baseball into an important message for those out of work. I love the baseball analogy.

What a cool site, this popurls. It aggregates all of the headlines and popular stories that are buzzing around the Internet. The site gives you quick summaries of the headlines if you hover over the links. I’ve found it so useful, but a little overwhelming some days.

“Sometimes the longest distance is the gap between two people.”

I’m not sure who said it, but it flashed across the screen in a movie preview I just watched. It sank into my mind so quickly.

“Today, my life continues to be one of uncertainty. I am often frightened, and live with doubt. We are, after all, creatures of security, preferring lives structured like sentences that end with a full stop. And yet, I would change the unknown for the known. For I am also full of hope and expectation.”

A quote from Arlene Chai’s contribution in, “I believe,” edited by John Marsden (New York: Random House, 1996).

I loved this quote. I read it early in the morning on my way to work and found my heart nodding in agreement. I’ve gone through so many transitions, uprooting and geographical relocations. I find that my wanderlust is no longer apparent, or at least no longer as dominant. I feel pulled by the structure and order of whatever a normal life amounts to.

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"Wanderlust: A Social History of Travel," by Laura Byrne Paquet (Fredericton:Goose Lane Editions, 2007) "The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping malls, and the Search for Home," by Pico Iyer (Toronto: Random House of Canada, 2000). "Outliers: The Story of Success," by Malcolm Gladwell (New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2008).

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