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Lose yourself.

Why, hello. It’s good to see you here. I’m J.D., of course, and you are you, and this is Apex Money. All week, I’ll share some of my favorite stories about money (and more). Plus, for once, I’ve managed to find five awesome videos to share with you. Not kidding: These are all great. Ready? Let’s dive in!

The knowledge economy is over. Welcome to the allocation economy. [Chain of Thought] — “What happens when that very skill—knowing and utilizing the right knowledge at the right time—becomes something that computers can do faster and sometimes just as well as we can?…It means a transition from a knowledge economy to an allocation economy. You won’t be judged on how much you know, but instead on how well you can allocate and manage the resources to get work done.”

30 dying people explain what really matters [The Guardian] — “Anything that doesn’t make my heart sing is less important to me these days. I don’t sweat the small stuff any more. Life is too short for cleaning. The laundry pile will wait. And if I want to eat a piece of cake, I damn well do.”

How to train your budgeting brain. [Refinery29] — “At its simplest, budgeting is about being aware of what’s coming in and going out so you can make informed decisions about your money. This is what I call the budgeting brain. Activating the budgeting brain requires four stages of engagement — think of the acronym LOAD: Look, Organize, Assess, Decide.”

Lastly, here’s a bonus video that has absolutely zero to do with money.

If you know me, you know that I love movies (I’ll probably watch 50 in the month of January) and I love music (if I’m not watching a movie, I’m listening to music). Well today’s video is a mash-up of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” synchronized to clips from over 100 movies. I think it’s awesome.


Okay, I have four more great videos coming to you this week. Plus, lots of great stories about money (and more). Come back tomorrow for the next installment…