Mike Messina

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10 Exercises to Develop the Best Pecs in the Gym

1. Barbell bench press<p><b>How to do it:</b> Lie on a bench with your eyes in line with the bar. Position your hands slightly-wider-than-shoulder-width apart …

Workouts

5 Things You Must Do Before You Retire

If you're looking forward to retirement, you're not alone. Countless workers dream of leaving their jobs behind and enjoying the freedom of unstructured days. But before you pull the trigger on retirement, be sure to tackle the following moves so you don't come to regret your decision later …

Retirement

Position Yourself for a Secure Retirement

To avoid the pitfalls facing many people approaching retirement, you need to take these six steps to create a sure-footed plan.<p>Whether retirement is …

Retirement

5 Powerful Blogging Tools That Will Work For You

Getting readers to engage with you by leaving comments on your blog posts is something many bloggers crave. And when those comments clearly show that …

Social Media

25 blogging tips for newbies and veterans

We’ve all seen them. The same old, tired lists of regurgitated tips on how to blog better. They’re so common, you could probably name most of them in …

Google Analytics

The Boring Secret to Getting Rich

It's boring, but that doesn't mean it's easy.<p>The media likes to paint a certain picture of what it means to be rich — huge mansions, expensive cars, …

Personal Finance

How to retire in your 30s with $1 million in the bank

Illustration: iStock<p>Carl Jensen experienced what he calls “the awakening” sometime around 2012.<p>He was a software engineer in a suburb of Denver, …

Retirement

How To Save For Retirement And Retire Early As A Couple

Retirement is great for the most part, but there are some downsides that few people talk about. When you have all the time in the world, it can get a …

Retirement

10 people reveal how much they have in savings, and how they got there

Saving money is important if you want to reach both short-term and long-term financial goals. For example, people are saving for retirement, a vacation, or to build up an emergency fund — or all three.<p>Saving, of course, is easier said than done.<p>According to a 2017 GOBankingRates survey, 57% of …

Personal Finance

16 Actions to Take to Achieve Any Goal

Get clear on your vision, make your plan, take action, reassess and then revise. Never fails.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Goal setting is essential to living a life with purpose and meaning. Goals give our lives direction and focus, and help us stay motivated over …

Motivation

This Is How Much Money You Need To Retire

How much are you targeting to save for your retirement? There is no lack of suggested targets, as shown below. But what is the right amount for you to save, taking into account your unique circumstances?<p>Start by finding your target from the recommendations below and then make any necessary …

Retirement

I'm a Bay Area local earning 6 figures with plans to retire at 40 — here's how I spend my money in a typical week

I knew moving to the San Francisco Bay Area was going to be expensive. I was prepared...or so I thought.<p>My 20s were a decade of adventure, risk taking, and good fortune. During my last semester of graduate school, I applied for a job with this description:<p>"Must feel comfortable working long days in …

San Francisco Bay Area

6 Exercises to Help You Get Better at Pull-ups

Need a boost? These are the building blocks of one of the weight room's most challenging feats of strength.<p>Executing a flawless pull-up is one of life’s most difficult tasks, along with wearing denim on denim, achieving the ideal peanut-butter-to-jelly ratio, and going on a first date without …

Workouts

#293: How to Retire Early With Real Estate & Do What Matters More with Chad Carson

Have you ever thought about retiring early, traveling, and living your best life <i>now</i>? On today’s show, we interview Chad Carson, author of the new …

Real Estate

7 things I learned from making a million dollars online

Over the last five years, I’ve personally led roughly twenty online course launches.<p>After making over a million dollars for my clients, employers, …

Selling

Why spending money on ‘happy’ is worth it

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m not one of those financial bloggers who tells you to give up everything you love in …

The First Step To Investing In Real Estate? Just Do It

As a successful real estate investor, and a woman, I am often asked how I got started in this field. I have pondered this question for over 20 years, and the best answer I’ve come up with is that I just did it. I believed I could do this, and then did.<p>Having a real passion and business plan, …

Real Estate

31 Guaranteed Ways to NOT Create a Successful Blog

<i>So you want to start a blog?</i><i>Live the laptop lifestyle and make money online?</i>I went full-time with the online income life last year and it’s been a …

Blogging

Should You Focus on Making More or Spending Less?

What’s the secret to wealth? It really isn’t much of a secret. You just need to save and invest as much as you can. Your investment will compound and …

How to retire in your 30s or 40s—even if you have kids

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>Retire early? “Sure,” you might say, “I could do that — if it weren’t for the kids.” But even …

Retirement

7 things no one tells you about early retirement

Early retirement invites a lot of talk.<p>Saving enough money to span for decades can seem impossible, and making it last that long appears to be even more out of reach. And, many ask, what is one supposed to do with their time during early retirement, anyway?<p>It seems unattainable to most people and …

57 Funny Jokes for Kids (And Adults Who Like Dumb Jokes)

You can never have too many knee-slappers in your repertoire of bad puns.<p>Question: A pun, a riddle, and a knock-knock joke walk into a, umm, room …

Will I get penalized for retiring early and tapping into my 401(k) plan? Ask a Fool

If you have enough to retire early, your age doesn't need to be an obstacle.<p><b>Question: I have enough money to retire, but I'm not 59½ years old yet. Will I get penalized for retiring and tapping into my 401(k)?</b><p><i>Answer:</i> No, not necessarily. There are provisions in the 401(k) rules that can allow early …

'Save for Freedom, Not Retirement'

If you can’t psych yourself up to save for retirement—there are too many other things to worry about, you say, and I’m never going to retire …

Retirement

This Man Retired at 33 With $1.3 Million — and 3 Kids. Here’s How

Plus how another family retired with 2 kids at 43.<p>Retire early? “Sure,” you might say, “I could do that — if it weren’t for the kids.” But even with …

I make $200,000 a year in passive income after retiring at 34, and it works only because I followed 5 steps

Ever since landing my first job post-college in 1999, I've been determined to build enough passive income in order to not have a job. A future that included getting into work by 5:30 a.m. and leaving after 7:30 p.m. each day for decades seemed too brutal to endure.<p>In 2009, I decided that if I could …

Real Estate

How And When To Use A Self-Directed IRA

While self-directed IRAs are not commonly known, even among financial advisors and Wall Street investment bankers, they are an excellent retirement option for investors who want to diversify their assets beyond stocks, bonds and mutual funds.<p>As the CEO of a company created to give Americans more …

Investing

Your Guide to Early Retirement

Thinking you can't stand the drudgery of working 45 years in a job you can barely tolerate? It might be time to set your retirement plans on FIRE.<p>As …

People retire early for 2 reasons, and neither of them is money

When it comes to early retirement, there's no discounting the importance of having enough money saved to retire early, but many early retirees will tell you the truth: money doesn't really matter once you get there.<p>Brandon of the blog Mad Fientist, who retired at age 34, previously told Business …

How To Retire Comfortably By 62 With A Million

Let’s say you and your spouse both are 50-years old right now. You have saved about $200,000 in retirement savings in addition to some equity in the …