Drops from the Fire Hose – September 19, 2012

Tips for Managing Your Increasingly Lumpy Income — CNBC

Graduate from college, get a job with a stable paycheck that grows each year by a little, work for 30 or 40 years and retire with a pension.

While it may have been common among Tom Brokaw’s book “The Greatest Generation” and even with many baby boomers, the idea of working at the same place your whole life, having a stable paycheck and getting a pension check afterwards seems like a fairytale now.

How To Move Past The “Everything’s Been Done” Trap And Find Your Next Great Idea — Fast Company

Have you ever felt the sheer terror of a stark white document? Have you raged at your inability to simply tap your keyboard and put down just one semi-original thought? Yes, you have. Everybody has, especially in fast-paced creative fields where the biggest roadblock is often all the great ideas that have come before.

Why Books Are The Ultimate New Business Card — Fast Company

Books are no longer simply books, they are branding devices and credibility signals–not to mention the reason their authors command large speaking or consulting fees.

You Can’t Be Effective When You’re Too Smart for Your Own Good — Lifehacker

If you are one of these people, or you have one of these people working for you, remember: You can either be smart, or you can be effective. You can be 100% right and 0% effective. You can’t do everything alone. At some point you need other people. You need them either to help you or to get out of your way!

The $126 Billion Forbes Cover — Forbes

Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Melinda Gates–it was a gathering of giants. Forbes simply had to take a picture. On June 26 we convened the first-ever Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, a gathering of 161 billionaires and near-billionaires intent on solving the world’s most intractable problems. During a break in the action, twelve of the nation’s leading philanthropists sat for a group portrait by photographer Michael Prince in the Trustees Room at the New York Public Library. The net worth in the room: $126 billion. The historic photo folds out as the cover of the 30th annual Forbes 400 issue, the definitive ranking of America’s wealthiest people.


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