Daily Reads 9/6/2019
Happy Friday, everyone. With all the concerns about the economy lately, we look at the slowdown of job growth to see how economic woes are impacting Americans. With the summer vacation season behind us, we look at a survey that shows how many families over-spent this summer, and why they did. Like many Americans, IRS Form W-4 might be a mystery to you, but we encourage you to find out more with this featured article. In a world of digital distractions at our fingertips, we take some time out to learn some strategies to improve your smartphone usage by using it less. And we take a look at the stories of success and regret of 21 billionaires to learn some important lessons in personal development.
Job growth continued at a tepid pace in August, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by just 130,000 thanks in large part to the temporary hiring of Census workers, the Labor Department reported Friday.
The top reason that parents of children under 18 spent more this year was wanting to treat their family and kids, with 55% of those surveyed. One other cause: Twenty-three percent felt pressured to shell out the money.
If you haven’t reviewed your Form W-4, or aren’t familiar with the form at all, you’re not alone: More than half of Americans, 64%, cannot accurately define it, according to a new tax study from NerdWallet.
It’s there: in your pocket. On the desk. In the cup holder of the car. You want to use it. Just grab it and alleviate the boredom or discomfort.
What distinguishes the billionaire’s thought process from everyone else’s? What are their secrets to achieving outrageous success?