Did you make any resolutions for 2008 concerning your finances or career? If so, let me recommend some resources to help you out.
Those who have been with me since the beginning of this blog know that one of my favorite talk shows on radio is The Dave Ramsey Show. Since the Cleveland station which carried Dave could not come up with an agreement with him in August, 2006, I listen to the show via iTunes most of the time.
Dave Ramsey's story is that he was a millionaire in his 20's working the real estate market. But he was doing that with OPM-Other People's Money. When the bank which he was doing business was sold, all his loans were called in at once and he lost everything. Dave then decided that he wanted to know exactly how money worked, and in the process started helping people out of debt and into financial responsibility. The company he started included financial counselors, and he put together a thirteen week course called Financial Peace University. The book pictured is called The Total Money Makeover, andit outlines the 7 baby steps to get out of debt and into true financial security. It's not an instant cure, as it takes time, and if you're married, you can't do it alone. You both have to be on board. Visit daveramsey.com for more details.
Another resource I'd like to recommend if you have career goals in 2008 is a book called 48 Days to the Work You Love, by Dan Miller. I was drawn to Dan Miller through the Dave Ramsey Show, but another endearing factor is he grew up near my home base on a farm in Amish country, in Holmes County, Ohio. Dan is currently a career coach, based in Nashville, Tennessee. 48 days is a book which can prepare you for a new job or make your current job more to your liking. The book contains tips on finding work based on your Values, dreams, and passions. If you are someone who might have a special talent and are looking for part time income, Dan has also written a book called 48 Days to Creative Income. You can find this and other resources at 48days.com. And if you sign up for Dan's FREE weekly newsletter, you can also get a FREE download of the excellent classic, Acres of Diamonds.