Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself 4/23

by Benjamin on April 23, 2010

After several months without it, “Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself” is back!  As you read this, it is Friday and I am either driving or will soon be driving to my college stomping ground of Columbus, Ohio.  The plan is to enjoy my buddy’s bachelor party to the fullest and then come back next weekend to stand in his wedding.  Tonight, nothing but six hours of radio NFL draft analysis, pretzel rods and the open road.  Jealous much??  Anyway, below are four amazing articles that deal with things I have been thinking about lately.  As the title of this post says, I couldn’t have expressed these feelings better than the authors below.

I am relatively new to Sara Davidson’s work, but it’s obvious from her Twitter stream that she has been hustling and I have really been enjoying her input to the conversation.  She deserves a hat tip for pointing me towards the topic of one of my latest posts, and really has put into words the DNA of all entrepreneurs in her post titled, “Why I Love Entrepreneurs.”

Derek Shanahan, of 20 Something Blogger fame, has been killing it with his personal blog and there are too many great posts there for me to post here.  But the first post that got me hooked was his post entitled “An Awful Sunny Drive.” You should do yourself a favor and read it. It is beautifully written.  However, the shout-out that I am giving him is for one of his more recent post, titled “Startup Social Life, Missing.” I don’t work at a start up company, but I recently moved to a new state and he captured a lot of the feelings I am experiencing while getting used to my new ‘hood.

J.D. Roth is an all around Personal Finance guru.  JD has been writing for years and just released his book called Your Money: The Missing Manual (non-affiliate link) which I own but have yet to read.  He was the first one of the PF writers that I started following and I feel I owe much of my personal finance reform to his advice.  The post I’d like to feature, however, is a bit different than his normal topic.  It is called “Made By Hand – In Praise Of Amateurs.” I have always been in favor of handmade and custom goods and tend to be fairly good making things because of my mechanical mind.  He discusses why making things yourself can be not only cheaper, but more rewarding and meaningful than store bought merchandise.

This week is a big week for the last person in my CHSIBM list, Colin Wright.  His website, Exile Lifestyle, has been one of the favorites in my Google Reader for weeks now.  Colin sold almost all of his belongings while living in LA to travel the world four months at a time.  His story and his writing are inspiring to say the least.  This week is important because he launched his new e-book, called Networking Awesomely (non-affiliate link).  It is obvious that Colin knows how to network, because he is one of the most approachable people I have dealt with on the web.  Also, several other killer networking friends of mine have contributed to the book.  Although I have not had the time to read it, I plan on devouring the guide soon.

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Sara Davidson April 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Hey Ben! Thanks so much for the mention!! I’m incredibly humbled and so glad that we met! Looking forward to chatting more in the future. :)

Benjamin April 27, 2010 at 12:04 am

The mention was definitely well deserved. Keep up the good work and we will have to connect again soon!

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