Category Archives: Fast Reads

Frugality, Financial Independence, and the Bigger World

Bill Gates

When self-motivated people achieve financial independence, it’s not like they go idle and stop contributing to the economy. Most – like Bill Gates, right – simply channel their time and energy into something they believe in. Photo: Steve Jurvetson

Tuesday Time Machine: Leadership – The Willingness to Fight the Right Fight and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America’s Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at

How to Negotiate Salary

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You’ve got a job offer: That’s great, but now what?

According to conventional wisdom, salary negotiations should be numero uno on your agenda. You weren’t going to automatically accept the first figure they offered, were you?

What drives you to be a leader?

Leaders affect individuals and the culture they operate in, and so knowing oneself — your purpose, passions and boundaries – –More– 

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Roth vs. Traditional IRA: Retirement Showdown

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IRAs, or individual retirement accounts, allow you to sock money away for retirement in a way that offers certain tax advantages over other savings methods. There are actually nearly a dozen types of IRAs, but for most people, the choice boils down to two main options: a Roth IRA or a traditional IRA.

If you’re trying to decide between these two popular IRAs, we aim to make your choice a little bit easier by outlining crucial differences as well as a few situations where it might make sense to choose one over the other. If you already have an employer-sponsored retirement account such as a 401(k) and are wondering whether it makes sense to use an IRA as well, see Roth IRA vs. 401k? You May Not Have to Choose.