March 2015 – Content Curation



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This monthly series is my attempt to curate the web for you. I probably consume more content than one person should, but I am kind of a knowledge junkie. I don’t just consume content for the sake of consumption. The goal is always to learn something, gain a new perspective, contribute to the conversation, and fuel the idea factory. Reading is exercise for the brain and just like the body, it needs plenty of it to stay healthy.

In any given month I try to read at least 3-5 books. I also have over 100 different blogs that I follow from my Feedly app. In addition to the books and the blogs, I also listen to about a dozen podcasts. And then there is always the unplanned material that I stumble across or that gets shared with me.

(Mr. CEO here – I need to share something with our readers and interrupt before we get too far. GYFG is a robot!  No, not really, I’m just kidding.  But he may be overwhelming some of you with sharing all of the ways he feeds his brain every month. So I want to remind you of something – don’t look at what he’s doing and think, “There’s no way I could do that” and get discouraged.  Instead, as you continue to read, please do what I did when I first got to know GYFG. I made lists and started slowly with one new “feeding” at a time. You don’t have to start reading and listening to all of this at once. And you probably shouldn’t as you might get discouraged if you went from one or two blogs to 20 blogs in one day and struggled to keep up.)

Mr. CEO is right. Start with something new today and then add another one tomorrow. And then the day after that, add another one. As long as you’re continuing to engage your brain and gaining new perspective, you’re on the right track.  With that said, here are the pieces of content I thought were worth sharing. They only represent a small percentage of what I actually read, but if you have the time they are worth checking out.


The Ultimate Guide to Changing Your Life – James Altucher

What a 20 year old needs to know about money and finance – James Altucher

John Lee Dumas killed it in February grossing $433K online – Entrepreneur on Fire

How much is enough? – Entrepreneur on Fire

Pumpkin Seeds – Seth Godin

Interview with James Collins Part 1 – 1500 Days

Interview with James Collins Part 2 – 1500 Days

Interview with James Collins Part 3 – 1500 Days

Stop Blog Referral Traffic – Have to give it up to Brian for being so helpful in the community with the technical stuff. Very actionable stuff!

How the Super Rich Earned Their Money – Early to Rise

Warren Buffett On Volatility And Risk – Dividend Mantra

Should I Quit My Job Now – Retire By 40

Getting Started with the Discipline Habit – Zen Habits

Rooting for a Bear Market – A Wealth of Common Sense

Why Do 95% Of Bloggers Give Up? – Fevered Mutterings

Ranking the best passive income investments – Financial Samurai

Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast – White Collar Freedom

There will be no rate hike in June – The 10th Man


The Berkshire Hathaway annual letter to shareholders – Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger


The Dip by Seth Godin

The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown

Choose Yourself – James Altucher


23 Tips to Uncover What to do With Your Life – The Fizzle Show

10 Things I Did Right When I Launched – The Solopreneur Hour


Truth or Skepticism:Does the Fed really Have that much power? – Tasty Trade

– Gen Y Finance Guy

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Hey, I’m Dom - the man behind the cartoon. You’ll notice that I sign off as "Gen Y Finance Guy" on all my posts, due to the fact that I write this blog anonymously (at least for now). I like to think of myself as the Chief Freedom Officer here of my little corner of the internet. In the real world, I’m a former 30-something C-Suite executive turned entrepreneur turned capital allocator. I am trying to humanize finance by sharing my own journey to Financial Freedom. I believe in total honesty and transparency. That is why before I ever started blogging, I decided that I would share all of my own financial stats. I do this not to brag, but instead to inspire motivate, and also to hold myself accountable. My goal is to be a beacon of hope, motivation, and inspiration, for you, the reader, by living life by example and sharing it all here on the blog. My sincere hope is that you will be able to learn from me - both from my successes and my failures! Read More



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    1. What were you using before Feedly? I used to use Google Reader until it got discontinued. It is way more manageable to have a blog aggregation tool like Feedly then subscribing to all the blogs and overwhelming your inbox.

      A cool feature of Feedly that not that many people know about is that if you edit your subscription to a particular blog, you can actually mark it as “must read”. I do this for the blogs that I love reading, so this allows me to easily navigate to the “must reads” before I get to any other content.


        1. So FF used to have a dual meaning…Fred Flintstone…until you got your act together and got Feedly.


  1. Gen Y,

    I also consume a lot of content, which has become a lot easier now that I write for a living. It’s wonderful just to burn a couple of hours on reading without feeling guilty about it.

    Thanks for the mention!

    Best regards.

    1. Reading is one of my favorite things to do. It is so wonderful to see the diverse amount of ideas out there.

      You are very welcome for the mention. I loved your post on volatility and risk.


  2. I only discovered Feedly 3 months ago, and my daily browsing has been 100 times better thanks to it. I think it’s great that you are able to read and learn so much about the things that you’re interested in. I try to read up on blogs and sites before I go to bed and save the book readings for the weekend. I’m still figuring out a daily schedule that I can stick to. Thanks for curating this great list! I’ll be checking some of these books out for sure.

    1. I highly recommend the “Choose Yourself” book of the ones I listed.

      By the way, I just checked out your blog. I dig it. That is awesome that you can bring the perspective of living in multiple countries and no matter what currency, its all just money, thus the need for personal finance.

      Thanks for stopping by Anum!

  3. Dear John Lee Dumas… I would like your paycheques. Pretty please!
    This is all inspiring stuff, but I end up wasting too much time online if I go down these rabbit holes. Thanks for tempting me! 😛

    1. Hey Sam,

      Glad you are enjoying them. Something to stand out of the crowd.

      I use an App called Bitstrips.


        1. Yep, Bitstrips it is. It something that is easy to use and adds a little something extra to the blog to stand out among the crowd.

          I would love if when I start the podcast that each of my guests has a Bitstrip account so that I can create a cartoon with the guest and I as the featured image for the post.

  4. Hi GYFG,
    This is a nice site you have.

    I needed some help from you. Did you have any recommendation on how to setup a website for blogging. I am also planning a PF blog but find the website setup on WordPress over-whelming. I could use some help.

    1. Hi Paras,

      Thanks for the compliment. I am glad you like the site.

      Regarding starting a site. I recommend that you use the url below to go over to bluehost and buy a domain and hosting. With my link below you will save about 30% on hosting and it will only cost you $3.95/month. Once you have hosting and a domain, Bluehost has a one click install for wordpress. It even will install a basic theme for you to start. This will take you about 10 minutes total.

      If you need to see it visually, Pat Flynn has put together a great YouTube video on how to build a blog with bluehost in 4 minutes:


    1. Thanks Brian!

      You really need to move to Feedly or at the very least some other blog aggregation tool. Your life will be so much easier, and your inbox will thank your for it.

  5. I need to start using Feedly too. Like other commenters, I also use the inbox method. Great list you’ve put together. I just feel a little overwhelmed and behind with everything lately, and don’t have time to consume content as I’d like. Something will give sooner or later, and I’d like to get back to reading more. Thanks for the food info!

    1. Feedly really helps keep on top of things. But also when you are getting overwhelmed you just let Feedly collect and organize the blogs you follow.

      The one thing I wish it also did was collect and organize comments across blogs. I still get blasted with comments after I respond and subscribe to the comments.

      That reminds me that I need to start searching to see if such a product exists.


  6. I tend to use a more organic route – I have a list of web sites that I tend to visit a lot, and they will usually do a pretty good job at pointing out the best content on the web to consume from a financial standpoint (just like this article!), and I will get to read more and more content that way, through the natural bubbling up from the blogs that I read. I suppose that’s my version of what Feedly provides, but saves me the time it would ordinarily take to read through everything out there.

    There is a lot to take in. It seems like with each passing month, new blogs are started by those with interesting perspectives on the issue of personal finance. It’s always fun finding new outlets.

    1. There are a lot of blogs out there. I typically would not follow over 100+, but I am trying to get a feel for the community and who the players are. Looking to see who has carved out what niche, and the ones that I resonate most with. Overtime I will probably narrow the list of PF blogs I follow down to around 10-20. And then I will rely on the methods you describe to find new gems out there.

      You will notice that not all my links are PF related.

      Nice March recap by the way the the TSR podcast. I have one more site update, really just upgrading the current theme I am using to the pro version to unlock a bunch of features I need to make some changes and layer in new forms of content over the rest of the year.

      I still plan to reach out to you as one of my first guests on the show. I will probably get some interview questions distributed sometime in late May or early June. But I will keep you posted.

      Have a great weekend Steve!

  7. Man this content curation kicks so much ass! Excuse the expletive there although thanks for putting this together & hope it continues as I read through your achieves 🙂


      Unfortunately I stopped doing this at some point. But When life settles down a bit I might bring them back. Enjoy them while you work through the archives.

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