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Kristin Wong is a freelance writer who has written for MSN, Bankrate, and NBC News. She regularly contributes to Lifehacker and Mental_floss and is a recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism award. Kristin chronicles her experiences as a full-time freelance writer at her blog. Visit: www.thewildwong.com


What Happens When You Negotiate and Get a “No”
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What Happens When You Negotiate and Get a “No”

“You should always ask a client or potential employer for more money,” negotiation experts like to tell you. “After all, the worst they can say is no.”  But if you’re a soft-spoken, mild-mannered gal who’s not used to ruffling feathers, the word “no” can be scary. And when experts tell you how to negotiate, they don’t…

The Case for Being Unproductive
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The Case for Being Unproductive

Yesterday I took a three-hour lunch. Which sounds excessive and luxurious (and not to say it wasn’t), but I’ve also worked an average of 50 hours a week for the past three months.  I’ve worked every weekend, hunched over my laptop, forking oatmeal into my mouth, thumbing through beach photos on Instagram. I take breaks…

Here’s What People Buy When They Spend Impulsively
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Here’s What People Buy When They Spend Impulsively

Work is crazy, your schedule is crazy, and you feel like you’re going crazy. You attempt to buy your way to calmness, so you hit up your favorite store or you hit the BUY NOW button online.  Somehow, you feel a sense of satisfaction. Relief, even. We’ve all been there. Impulsive spending is certainly nothing…

How to deal with rejection : Why Grow Thicker Skin is bad advice
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How to deal with rejection : Why Grow Thicker Skin is bad advice

Sensitivity isn’t exactly embraced in our culture. It’s considered weak, whiny, and vulnerable.  It’s much better to be impassive, indifferent, and thick-skinned. Here’s another idea. “Grow thicker skin” is some of the most useless advice around on how to deal with rejection. I’ll admit, it’s a somewhat subjective phrase, but let’s break down the metaphor for…

How to Use the Anchoring Bias for Negotiating Salary
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How to Use the Anchoring Bias for Negotiating Salary

When it comes to negotiating salary, most of us need all the help we can get.  I’m convinced that 90% of learning how to negotiate is just getting past the implosive mixture of feelings that keep you from asking in the first place: guilt, shame, inadequacy, intimidation. There are, however, a few negotiating tips and tricks…

Money Is a Tool, Not the Goal (Part 3)
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Money Is a Tool, Not the Goal (Part 3)

We’ve discussed the idea that money is just a tool. You want to give it a purpose by tying it to your values. Once you know those values, it’s pretty easy to establish your financial goals. If family is important to you, your goal might be to provide your kids with a college fund. If…

Money Is a Tool (Part 2): How to Set Your Goals
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Money Is a Tool (Part 2): How to Set Your Goals

In Part One of this three-part series, I talked about my own realization that money itself is not the goal–money is a tool. When you make it the goal, you don’t accomplish anything meaningful, aside from accumulating more money. Which is fine, I guess, but without a purpose, money is just paper. What’s more, it’s…

Money Is a Tool, Not the Goal
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Money Is a Tool, Not the Goal

I grew up in a small town outside of Houston, and like most Texans, I have a fair amount of state pride. Still, by my mid-twenties, I was ready to get out of dodge. There was a whole world out there, and I wanted to see it. Specifically, I wanted to go to Italy. Even…

If You’re Experiencing Imposter Syndrome, This Is for You
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If You’re Experiencing Imposter Syndrome, This Is for You

It’s back.  That creeping, insidious feeling that you’re out of your league.  That nasty, destructive voice telling you you’re not good enough. That you’re only here because you got lucky. That you’re an idiot and sooner or later, everyone will find out you’re an idiot. You know this is a thing. You know about the…