I woke up this morning at 2:00am because I had to go to the bathroom. When I rolled over and looked at the clock, I realized that the first thing I had to do in my 4th decade of life was waking up mid-sleep. I hope that is not a sign of things to come. It dawned on a few hours later, when I woke up on purpose, that 30 is an interesting milestone in life. We are old enough to clearly be considered “adults,” but we still have so much to learn and experience ahead. It is a time when we may realize that our years on this Earth are, in fact, limited, but we have more than half of them ahead of us yet. When faced with an existential moment such as this, I knew I had to do what all normal people do at a major milestone in life: write about it. So, while they may not be quite as amusing or insightful as Dave Barry’s 50th birthday tips to the world, including such gems as warnings against licking a steak knife and combining laxatives with sleeping pills, I still have something interesting to contribute to the world today. And I know that I still have another 20 years to reach the level of transcendence that led to Mr. Barry’s list. Here are a few of the most important lessons I’ve … [Read more...] about Thoughts at Thirty
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We recently invested in a D-SLR camera, which stands for digital single lens reflex. SLR cameras are the big ones that you see people carry around with the giant lens on the front. I am super excited about how it has been so far. Here are my first publish worthy shots. … [Read more...] about SLR Cameras Take Great Pictures!
It seems like hardly a week goes by these days without someone I know sharing that their email account was hacked. Whether you are on Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, or any other mail platform, there are bad guys out there trying to get into your account to spam your friends with their viruses and junk messages. If you’ve been attacked and a bad guy got in, here’s how to clean up and keep it from happening again. … [Read more...] about What to Do When Your Email Gets Hacked
There is a debate that has been a major part of our society for decades. Ever since the advent of modern toilet paper, and modern toilet paper rolls, people around the world have had to make a serious decision that puts their entire moral fabric on display for visitors to their home. The question: should the toilet paper hang over or under. … [Read more...] about Settling the Great Toilet Paper Debate Once and For All: A Practical and Visual Analysis Based on Science
‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.' Jim Rohn There is no shortage of thoughts on success. Some people say success is something determined by your birth, and only your family has the ability to help you fail or succeed in life. Others put the outcome of life as a result of education. Famed author Malcolm Gladwell has an entire book, called Outliers, dedicated to the subject. The thing is, we can’t pick our family. We can’t change how we grew up. We often can’t go back in time and go to Harvard Business School. But we can make changes to our lives that make us happier, and more successful. The Five People You Spend the Most Time With According to Jim Rohn, a recently passed entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker, we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. That is an astounding thing to think about. Who are the five people you spend the most time with? They likely contain your spouse, a couple of co-workers, and a couple of close friends. When you think about them, is that how you want to be? Are they a model of what you want to become? If the answer is no, which is very common when thinking through this exercise, … [Read more...] about Keep Friends that Make Your Life Better, Ditch the Rest
In October, I attended the third annual Financial Blogger Conference. At FinCon, I hosted the second annual Ignite FinCon speaking event, and took to the stage for my own five minutes of glory. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about How to Be Kind of a Big Deal
Something that comes up again and again in my life is the question of how I have time to do everything I do. I have a lot of thoughts on time management and cutting wasted time, but a big part of it comes down to priorities and jumping in head first. Fear A lot of people are afraid to make big changes in their lives. I know exactly how that feels. Once upon a time, I seriously considered moving to Israel. I had everything I needed to do it ready to go. I had the money, I had family and friends there, I was single and on the verge of a layoff from an old job. The timing was perfect. However, I didn’t do it. Everything was just too comfortable at home to risk moving to the other side of the world. My family and close friends were all in Denver. I had a new job prospect, which led to my current job. It was safe and comfortable. So, I didn’t make the big change. But I have made other changes in my life. I bought a condo, I have traveled internationally alone, I took the jump off of a cliff in Costa Rica. There are many scary things in the world, but if the opportunity is great enough and the risk is low enough, we take the step. Inspiration On the other side of the coin, if … [Read more...] about What Are You Waiting For?
This has been quite a year in the life of Eric Rosenberg. I have ventured through exciting trips, new projects, non-profit volunteering, entrepreneurial adventures, and keep ramping up for more as the year comes to a close. Blogging While this blog ebbs and flows, I have had a successful blogging year overall. Narrow Bridge Finance has become a real income source for me and I will be incorporating my blogging projects into an LLC in January. Some highlights: 100,000th page view on Narrow Bridge Finance Roughly tripled traffic on Narrow Bridge over 2010 Published 1,800th post at The Israel Situation Welcomed 150,000th unique visitor to The Israel Situation Welcomed nearly 3,500 readers on my personal blog Denver Flash Mob I took this group from a partnership to my own LLC for reasons you can find on this site. It was a challenge moving on as a solo project, but partners and friends made it an amazing year. Highlights: Had 250 dancers for Born This Way dance flash mob Welcomed new sponsors to keep the company alive Built a following of over 3,000 fans DJ Yofi Project I marked learning how to DJ off of my life list, and I made incredible steps forward. I recently … [Read more...] about A Recap of 2011