November 2015 Challenge

nov 15 chalMy 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:

Dividend Investing Strategy = #1

Income Investing Strategy = #2

Utilities = #3

Services = #4

Conglomerates = #5

Further, I was in the top 11 in three additional categories. Some categories aren’t particularly challenging to break into, while others require 100,000+ views. This challenge was a subset of an overall goal to reach 500 articles by yearend. With 58 articles remaining and less than 51 days to do it, this could be a bit out of reach. Especially when you consider I plan on taking off a few weeks in there.

Still, I’ve already written over 250 articles for the year (plus weekly material for my premium service and naturally things posted here). As such, I could take off the rest of the year still average well above an article per business day. In all likelihood my rate in the next two months will slow, but will nonetheless be consistent.

November Challenge = 60 Tons In 20 Days

My challenge this month will be to lift 60 tons – that is 120,000 pounds – in 20 days. Any curl, press, row, tri (you get the idea) or other available workout using my arms will qualify. I’ve done other exercise challenges in previous months, but none focusing specifically on weights. I randomly assigned this number, but I think it’s about twice my average workout. The idea is to keep improving and coming up with new challenges.

6 thoughts on “November 2015 Challenge

  • November 10, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Congratulations on completing your goal! Best of luck with your upcoming challenge as well. I really enjoy reading your posts and seeing what challenges you come up with for yourself. Talk about accountability sharing them with your readers too. Great job!

    • December 7, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks frugal gal! I appreciate it. As it turns out, it was another successful challenge. I see a change to the format forthcoming next year, stay tuned.

  • November 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I certainly like reading your stuff and I enjoy the concept of challenges. I wonder if you’ve thought about the meaning of challenges that depend on “more”?
    You have been pumping out some great stuff on how non-sexy investments can produce some outstanding performance. You have compared and contrasted companies and their performance. In that regard, I view quality as more desireable than quantity. Don’t let volume based challenges tarnish the product. At some point, if you just lift more and more weight, something is going to break…

    • December 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Nathan, thanks for your comment. Some good thoughts there. While my next challenge is once again about “more” I think you’re on to something. In the same way I like having less stuff, less clutter, etc. I believe there’s certainly something to adding more quality and forgetting about the quantity. Incidentally, “less but better” could be a future theme for this website. Now let’s see if I can work on that aspect in other areas. Thanks for the comment!

  • December 4, 2015 at 5:21 pm


    Nice idea for a challenge. Another fun one I’ve done on a day for physical fitness is 5,000 push-ups in a single day.

    Take care!
    – Ryan from GRB

    • December 7, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Ryan, I appreciate it. Your challenge sounds even more impressive, nice work! Take care as well, all the best.


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