Link Roundup #30: 10 Things to Know This Week

Accelerate your personal finance knowledge with this regular feature on Ringgit Oh Ringgit – the Link Roundup! I promise you’ll find these 10 links informational 🙂

1. 20 Professional Skills You Can Learn for $30 or Less – Entrepreneur

What can’t you learn online? Seriously, what an amazing world we live in.

You already know that, of course. But the sheer number of options available can also be crippling sometimes. I certainly get my fair share of analysis paralysis whenever I want to decide what to learn next.

If you’re feeling professionally stagnant, check out this article for 20 new skill ideas. It ranges from digital marketing, communications, technical, investing and more.


2. How a Trivial Cell Phone Hack is Ruining Lives – Engadget

This article is a MUST READ. What a scary scam. It’s not just losing money. It’s also losing access to your online identities, and being made helpless trying to regain it all back (if you regain it back).

According to the article, SIM-swap attacks is:

…where someone uses pieces of personal information to convince your cell service provider to transfer (port) your number and associated phone account to a device in the attacker’s possession.

With control of your phone number and account, they proceed to break into all connected accounts, usually beginning with email. The attacker changes info in your accounts so you can’t get them back, sets up email forwarding in case you regain control of your email, and goes through all your cloud-stored documents looking for things of value.

Read all the way until the end for tips to avoid reduce the chance of this scam happening to you. Hint: Use offline password managers, and don’t sign in with Facebook/Google etc for new website and app logins.

3. 7 career tips for when you aren’t sure what position is for you The Ladder

Some people are lucky enough to know their ‘passion’. They’re automatically drawn to those careers then stick in that line their whole lives.

Others are not. Some people have no idea what they want to do, work-wise. Some of you may even want a career change, after discovering the industry you worked in all this while is unfortunately and sadly, no longer what you want.

Relatable? Then click on the article – I thought the tips were solid. All the best.

4. Asian firms with female leaders deliver better financial results  – Free Malaysia Today

$$$ tip – buy stocks from companies that have a higher ratio of female leaders.

5. Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers – VICE

This is amazing, I can’t help but laugh oh my God. They’re right. Why fight a losing battle against privacy when you can fool them instead?

6. This is the most impressive resume I’ve ever seen—based on my 20 years of hiring and interviewing – CNBC Make It

GREAT article. Twitter thought so too. When I shared, it got 1.8k RTs and 5.5k likes, as of time of writing.


Point #6 was divisive. Some took the opportunity to complain. All I can say is, complaining isn’t going to do much. If you *are* at a disadvantage, what are *you* going to do about it?

7. Sorry, Being Born Rich Still Leads to Success More Than Working Hard in School –  VICE

Reality is reality. Being born rich does make life a whole lot easier.

But worth repeating:

Complaining isn’t going to do much. What are you going to do about it?

8. What counts as a “green” investment, anyway? – Quartz

I’m leaving a lot of details out, but environmentally-sustainable investments are:

  • Activities that are already low carbon and therefore compatible with plans for a net-zero carbon economy by 2050, zero-emissions transport;
  • Activities that are clearly contributing to a net-zero carbon economy, such as low-emissions cars; and
  • Activities that enable the previous two, such as the manufacturing of wind turbines

I hope one day Malaysians will be able to choose investments based on its social or environmental impact. Those options are already available in developed countries.  I wonder when’s our turn.

9. Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement – The Washington Post

How the Selzes came to support anti-vaccine ideas is unknown, but their financial impact has been enormous. Their money has gone to a handful of determined individuals who have played an outsize role in spreading doubt and misinformation about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.

The groups’ false claims linking vaccines to autism and other ailments, while downplaying the risks of measles, have led growing numbers of parents to shun the shots. As a result, health officials have said, the potentially deadly disease has surged to at least 1,044 cases this year, the highest number in nearly three decades.

Imagine having all that money and making the world worse. Sigh.

10. How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Feel Like It – Inc

Because all of us have those days. We’re not robots. Still, there are ways to overcome or work around it.

Honestly, I deeply admire people who can still show up and work even when they don’t feel like it. On the flip side, people who rely on ‘motivation’ and only work when they feel like it are… unreliable.

I said what I said.


That’s it for this round, catch you next time! Want to submit a link you thought was great? Reach out to me on FB or Twitter.

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