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Is the only “solution” in life to have a ton of money?

Brrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! I know I keep complaining about the cold, but that’s, well, because it’s cold. I’ll quit grousing once we hit March or April. Sound fair?

Cold or not, it’s Monday, and that means it’s time to share some of our favorite financial stories from around the web. Ready? Let’s go!

To start things off, here’s an interesting conversation from Reddit’s /r/financialindependence. One 24-year-old feels overwhelmed by the relentless hamster-wheel of society. “The only solution in life is to have a ton of money,” (s)he says. Then /u/BurrtoAburrido offers a long, insightful reply, which includes this passage:

Life isn’t some paint-by-numbers that a certain age means you know or don’t know anything, or that you should or shouldn’t feel a certain way.

I caught myself mid-judgement reading your post.

When I first read your post about being 24 and feeling stuck on a hamster wheel, burned out, and that life is a series of deadlines, my immediate reaction was to scoff.

My thought, “How could you know burnout and frustration at 24! You’re barely even beginning the rest of your life.”

Then I paused for a moment and thought back to age 24 for me. I had completely forgotten, but then recalled feeling exactly what you are describing.

Anyhow, I found the entire thread interesting and well-worth reading (which is unusual for /r/financialindependence lately).

Want to advance your career? Get a sponsor. [Keeping Up with the Bulls] — “Having a sponsor is critical if you want to advance your career. It’s not just about what you know but who you know. Many decisions will be made about your career when you aren’t in the room. It’s important to have people who are in that room that will advocate on your behalf.”

Twelve people talk honestly about how they paid off their debt. [BuzzFeed News] — “What you’ll find below is a collection of stories, culled from the hundreds of responses, with various motivations, strategies, and outcomes. The sacrifices people made to pay off their debt might not surprise you. But the reaction those same people had to finally paying off that debt likely will.”

To close things out, here’s a bit of fun: It’s a fifteen-minute YouTube collection of the best news bloopers from 2019. Enjoy!

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