As I found myself flipping through the high-definition television channels earlier today, I came across a special that originally aired a few years ago, Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion. I never really watched Happy Days, but I am a fan of Garry Marshall, Ron Howard, and Henry Winkler. I enjoy hearing about what goes on behind the scenes in television, and Happy Days is television-turned-cultural icon.
Ron Howard has become an incredibly successful and talented producer and director, and I was interested to hear about his influences. Keep looking for a post, some time before Consumerism Commentary jumps the shark, about the advice Ron Howard received from Garry Marshall, how it can be applied to personal finance, and how I plan to apply it to my life.
Although I’m a little late in posting this for the weekend, these are some recent articles worth reading.
Personal Finance Lessons From Board Games. On the topic of pulling financial advice from unexpected places, My Life ROI uses Monopoly, Careers, and The Game of Life to extract money-related lessons. I’ve never heard of the game Careers. I’m wondering what financial lessons could be gained by looking deeply into Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, and Clue. Perhaps this should be a focus of a future article here at Consumerism Commentary.
5 Ways to Teach Kids True Spirit of the Holidays. As I mentioned while I played the role of Santa Claus for last Monday’s Personal Finance Hour, commercialism and secularism has always been a part of the holiday season, as has the tension between secularism and religion. Even when Christmas was established, at a time when birthday celebrations were considered sins, it had more in common with non-Christian festivals of winter than a holy day. Nevertheless, it is a good goal to steer those over which we have authority, like children, away from commercial influence.
The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good. Depending on the situation, I often fall victim to this concept. A desire to be perfect, to tackle a task in the most efficient or result-oriented manner without costly mistakes, can be so strong that it can stop someone from even starting while still in doubt. For example, you might want to start a business but given all the paperwork and opportunity for making mistakes, you delay the process indefinitely. Well, although perfection can be powerful enough to stop someone from taking action, I like to look at perfection as an ideal, knowing that it can never be attainable but that there is value in striving for it anyway.
The Consumerism Commentary Podcast is branching out. Tom Dziubek and I are producing a podcast series for TurboTax. The first episode of The TaxCast from TurboTax and Consumerism Commentary is now available on TurboTax.com. In this short show (only eight minutes) Tom and I speak with Rafael Tulino from the IRS about e-filing.
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Updated January 8, 2018 and originally published December 20, 2009.