Create your website!

Building A Personal Website

What’s the #1 networking tool you can have in your arsenal as a student? I’ll tell you this right now: it isn’t your resume.  Resumes are boring. Career experts tell you to make your resume a one-page, size 11 Time New Roman document printed with black ink with no pictures. Seriously? How are you supposed to represent – and differentiate – yourself with that?

Create a personal website.

A website isn’t static; it’s dynamic. It’s ever-changing. The moment you accomplish something, you can add it to your website. When you complete a project, you can put it in your portfolio for all to see. You don’t need to print new copies of it and send it out to your contacts over and over; you just update it. People can continually come back and see what you’re up to.

Having a website makes you more findable. If all you have is a resume, you have to go out and hand it to people to get your name out. If someone wanted to look you up on the internet and you didn’t have a website, all they might get is a Facebook or Twitter profile.

Not many people have one. Personal websites may be more common in 2018 than they were ten years ago, but the vast majority of students and job seekers are still relying on resumes and job search websites. Succeeding today requires that you make yourself stand out, and having a website can help you do that. It shows that you’ve taken the time to learn how to do something fairly technical, and it shows that you have some skills other people don’t have.

Make sure you can be found!

Budget and Save Money

Budgeting, as a concept, is very simple. You manage inputs and outputs, hopefully keeping the latter higher than the former. If you’re anything like me, you learned the basics of budgeting when you were 10 years old by playing Age of Empires II. You had to manage the production of resources – wood, food, gold, and stone – in order to build new facilities, research technologies, and advance through the ages.

Do You Even Need to “Budget?”

Let’s put something straight here. If you look at my other “Ultimate Guide”-style posts – the one on how to build a personal website, for example – you’ll notice that this one, though lengthy, is still decidedly shorter. Why?

Well, to be honest, I don’t really want you to have to put a whole ton of thought into budgeting. It should be simple and, after some initial setup, it should become little more than a background process in your head. It shouldn’t be an item of too much concern once you’ve structure everything correctly and fixed your spending habits.

I have a brain that likes to visualize a lot and create analogies for everything. To that end, I think of money management in terms of water flowing through a pipe system. The main reason I use this analogy is because I want to create a system that tells me where my money should go. I’m well aware that human willpower is limited, even when we build strong habits, so externalizing as much of the process as possible is a smart thing to do.

Create a Money Pipeline!

Monday Shower Thoughts 

  1. Those “choose your own flavor” Coke machines are probably just there to gather marketing data
  2. Telling a person to “breathe” is better than telling them to “calm down”
  3. We never appreciate breathing through our noses until we can’t anymore
  4. The heat from the sun just traveled 149.6 million kilometers just to melt our chocolate bar.

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