Link Roundup #45: 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. What Happens To Your Brain And Body When You’re Stressed About Money  Huffington Post

When you’re stressed about money,

  • you start making bad decisions even when you know better,
  • you may get anxiety, depression and other mental health issues
  • you may get physical ailments like heart disease, diebetes, chronic sleep problems too

This is one of those ‘pick your hard’ moments. It’s hard – damn freaking hard – to force yourself to earn more money so you don’t get stressed about it anymore. But you can argue that the alternative – STAYING in the current situation without doing anything about it – is also just as hard, perhaps even harder.

The article suggests credit counselling, attending theraphy and seeking healthy coping mechanisms to reduce stress. Do that, you owe that to yourself, don’t give up. I’m rooting for you.


2. Does Money Really Ruin Friendships? – Refinery29

When you hit late 20s and above, you’ll really start to see income disparity between yourself and your friends. Some will do better, some worse than you.

And unfortunately, this quote is true:

‘Income or wealth disparity, much as we may hate to admit it, can make it hard to make friends and cause conflict within existing relationships.’

I have to admit this is a hard topic to talk about. I’m still navigating it, with my own friendships, and I’m not even ‘rich’ rich.

However, I love how the author ended it:

Money is not worth. Income is not value. People are not and will never be what they have or how much they earn. To only have friends within your own economic or earning circle would make your life narrower and, dare I say it, poorer.

But in order to get along with people across the mountain range of income, class, inheritance and wealth we need to talk more openly, honestly and often about money. Good friends will listen. Good friends will understand.

And if they don’t? Well, perhaps they aren’t the sort of people you want in your life anyway.

Love that. So true.

3. How to Stop Getting Fired – Forbes

Yeah, it could be them, it could be your exceptionally bad luck… and it could also be you.

Suggestions on getting hired after getting fired in the article. Go at it.

4. A woman’s greatest enemy? A lack of time to herself – The Guardian

Recommended reading for women and men alike. Without time for herself, women can’t be their best self. This is obvious, but still needs to be spelled out: women need time to read, to learn, to think, so they can create.

I’m forever grateful that I’m born at a time where I can buy time-saving household appliances, outsource domestic chores and choose supportive partners (who knows how to do housework and actually does it!) so I can focus on my true joy and life fulfilment: writing.

5. These 12 Financial Podcasts Are Right On The Money – Refinery29

Who was it who asked me about personal finance podcast recommendations the other day? Here’s a list with twelve podcast recommendations, knock yourself out buddy.

6. Behavioral Job Interviews: What They Are, How They Work, and How to Ask Behavioral Interview Questions That Identify the Perfect Candidate – Inc

I’d like to dedicate this article to every employer who wants to hire Malaysians despite how annoying and frustrating the process can be. Yeah, I’ve seen your complaints on social media. Yeah, I know some of our graduates can work on their soft skills more.

Still, you went the extra mile anyway, because your goal is to help your fellow countrypeople. You’re a good person. We need more like you. I hope you find the perfect fit soon.

7. HOW I MAKE THAT BREAD 💸 (literally and figuratively) – Ashley of @best.dressed

Nowadays I definitely see Youtube lifestyle influencers being more open and transparent about their finances than ever before. Did you notice it as well?

Obviously, I freaking love this trend! Its not just ‘what I bought’ or ‘haul videos’ anymore. It’s legit moving towards personal accountability, responsibility and self-awareness, and many are advocating against consumerism. On YouTube. To their millions of followers. *screams excitedly*

I’ll share one example. Ashley of @best.dressed shared this super cool video about how she makes money, her money background and her finance approach. I aleaady love her anyway, now I love her even more!

8. The 8 Best Instagram Tools for Massive Instagram Growth in 2020 Jeff Bullas

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. A great list of martech tools for social media marketers to know about.

Related: Guide: How to Make Money with Social Media Skills

9. What Is A Virtual Assistant Job Really Like? Arianne Young Explains. – The Huffington Post

People who LOVE admin work, did you know make good income from being a virtual assistant?!

Yes! No more being stuck at RM2-3k salary range for a full-time position! With the power of the internet, you can work from home for people with deeper pockets!

10. Work at home if you can, but don’t expect it to be paradise The Financial Times

Lest you think its all fun and games though. Work is still work.

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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