My November challenge – to lift 60 tons in 20 days – was a success. This brings my challenge record up to 12.5 and 2.5 or a completion rate of about 83%. I like mixing it up with physical and mental challenges, so this was a good one to focus on the physical side. I worked out during 19 of the 20 days, and my total was actually a bit closer to 74 tons. Challenge Read more
My October Challenge turned out to be a success, bringing my challenge record to 11.5 and 2.5 or a completion rate of about 82%. The challenge this month was to be in the top 5 in five different investment categories on Seeking Alpha. For the month I ended up writing 38 articles and easily met my mark. Here’s where I finished in various categories: Read more
My July challenge was to earn an “extra” $100 outside of normal endeavors, which included writing finance articles, offering my premium service, this website and passive income (dividends / interest). Finding an additional opportunity turned out to be a success, bringing my total record to 8.5 and 2.5, or a completion rate of about 77%. To be perfectly frank I had more or less written this challenge off half way through the month. Yet an opportunity grew, and I literally picked it.
I could give you a couple guesses as to what I did, but it’d probably take a few more than that (plus the lovely picture adorned to this post isn’t exactly the perfect clue). I won’t keep you in suspense. This month’s challenge was completed by: Read more
My June challenge turned out to be a success, bringing my total monthly challenge record to 7.5 and 2.5, or a completion rate of 75%. Not bad, but not great either. During the month of June I bowled seven 200+ games, two more than I had set out as a goal. Granted four of those seven came in practice, but I nonetheless hit my mark. This was a bit of an abstract goal, but I wanted to extend the objectives beyond finance, business, exercise and work. Read more
Write / publish article = 2 points
Run 1 mile = 1.5 points
Read a book = 5 points
Here’s a look at how the month played out: Read more
I went 1 for 2 in my April Challenge. Or perhaps more aptly 0.5 for 1, given that it was just one month. That brings my challenge record to 5.5 and 2.5 or a completion rate of just less than 69% – still a passing grade, but not by much.
The easy part was the 50 miles; I knocked that portion out in about 3 weeks. Consistent effort, some time commitment and knowing the average needed per day helped in that endeavor. Unfortunately this did not carry over to Read more
My March Challenge wasn’t as successful as I had originally intended. I was able to organize quite a bit, but alas there remains a good deal of work left before my next book is ready to edit. I see this as an ongoing endeavor in which I will consistently make strides moving forward. No credit for partial work, I’ll count this as a miss. This brings my monthly challenge record to 5 and 2, not outstanding but still reasonable.
April Challenge = 50 / 50 Read more
My January Challenge was an overwhelmingly success. My goal was to write 25 articles in 25 days. I wrote 37 Seeking Alpha articles in the time allotted, with an additional unpublished kicker bringing the monthly total to 38. If you add in the posts on this site, including this one, that brings the total amount of monthly “works” up to 42, or two per business day. You could say that it was a productive month. Read more
This month I went 7 for 7 in finishing books I started. More pertinently, that means I also completed my December Challenge goal of reading 5 books. So I’m 3 for 4 as far as monthly challenges go. What follows is a quick summary of each book I read. Read more