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standard Investing: Shootin’ for the Moon

In Jake Swank’s never-to-be-humble opinion, it’s not enough to set your goal on becoming a millionaire. He’d suggest at least ten million for starters. Inflation is a capricious mistress. The important things are to start early, work hard, and never look back. We’re starting to sound like Benjamin Franklin here.
Let’s get specific.
The Right Kind of Debt
Make it an ironclad rule of your life to never use debt unless it will make you money. Pretty simple, right? This is not to say you can’t borrow to buy a car, but it better be a car you’re going to use on a sales route or something that will bring in more income than what you’re shelling out as a monthly payment. It’s simple. Consumer debt keeps you poor. Poor and …

standard Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits – The Short Version

One of Jake Swank’s favorite books of all time is Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. While we’ll be the first to admit that one could take a flamethrower to the self-help section of your local bookstore and not risk depriving the world of much substantial information, Covey’s tome is a cat of a different flavor, one that any aspiring swanky dude or dudette would be wise to read. But if you’re too lazy or busy to do that, here’s the thing in a nutshell. Habit 1: Be Proactive It should be no surprise to anyone that your effectiveness in life is determined by the quality of your decisions. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences, good or bad. Habit 2: Start with the End …

standard Don’t Be a Fashion Disaster

Ugh, sometimes it just seems like too much work to look like a clothes horse. You’ve got to take time from your busy day to hit the shopping district or your favorite outlet mall, agonize over styles and colors and wonder whether they actually match or was the sales girl too polite to mention that it looked like a llama threw up on you.
The truth is Jake Swank likes nice-looking clothes as much as the next guy, but he has better ways to spend his time than wandering the aisles of the local Barbour store. What if we told you that for quite a reasonable price you could hire a highly-trained fashionista or fashioneer to select a cutting edge wardrobe and mail it for you to try out …

standard Glamping: The Glamorous Side of Camping

For those with a little extra coin to drop, camping ain’t what it used to be. Now we’ve got glamping, a combination of the words “glamourous” and “camping.” Maybe you’re fed up with an uncomfortable sleeping bag on the ground, a smoky campfire with half-raw, half-scorched trout, and emphysemic neighbors wheezing the next site over. If so, glamping might be just the ticket.
Whether you’re looking for a pimped-out cabin, luxury tipi, or an RV mansion on wheels, it’s time you realized that crawling into that cramped pup tent is a thing of the past, and there’s no reason to leave a single creature comfort behind when you head into the great outdoors.
Tipi Time (MustangMonument.com)
For a pittance ($800 single occupancy / $1,000 double occupancy), you can get your Native …

standard The Unswankiness of Financial Ignorance

Jake Swank reminds you that not only will financial illiteracy keep you in the poorhouse indefinitely, you probably won’t garner a second look from that hot girl at the bowling alley while you struggle to compute the tip amount for a pizza. Why are we wasting our time on this topic? Recently, a pair of economists put together a basic three-question quiz. Guess what? 70 percent of U.S. respondents couldn’t pass.
And by basic, we mean basic. Keep reading. Although it could be worse. Russia clocked in at an anemic 4 percent correct percentage.
But with the best performing nations (Germany at 47 percent success and Switzerland at 50 percent) barely able to muster correct answers by half the population, it’s no wonder the global economy appears to be run …

standard Addicted to Technology? Here’s How to Tell…

We’re not neanderthals here at Swank Life. We like technology as much as the next guy, but there’s a time to play and a time to put it away. Are you the dude at the bar who misses the hot looking girl across the room because he simply MUST check his social media activity for the sixth time in three minutes? Do you develop a nervous eye twitch when disconnected from the Internet for more than a few moments? Does the idea of shutting all connectivity down for an entire hour make you break out in hives?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re an idiot. Seriously. Life is what goes on outside the little box, not inside it. Upon reflection, maybe idiot is too harsh. …

standard How to Throw Away Your Digital Money

You’d think one of the primary advantages to using digital coinage like bitcoins would be they’re impossible to lose or accidentally throw away. If you think that, you’d be wrong. Just ask James Howells from the UK. This young man squirreled away 7,500 bitcoins on his computer hard drive back in 2009 when they were worth barely enough to even remember they existed. Somewhere along the way, he tossed out the computer they were stashed on (along with the cryptographic key to retrieve them). For the past four years that computer hard drive has sat in a trash landfill the size of a football field while bitcoins have exploded in popularity and value.
We know the question you all want answered. How much are James Howells’ 7,500 bitcoins worth …

standard The Swanky Dude Guide to Business Marketing

What’s swankier than a successful business? Not much. And knowing the difference between inbound and outbound marketing could be the difference between financial survival and implosion. Today is your lucky day, because if your marketing efforts are confined to the outbound variety, you must be living in 1979. We’ve got a new thing these days called the Internet…
Inbound Marketing
Basically what we’re talking about is another way to say content marketing. Under this approach, a company reaches out through blogs, podcasts, video, eBooks, eNewsletter, whitepapers, SEO, and social media marketing. There are other examples, but you should get the idea. Inbound marketing EARNS the attention of customers by supplying helpful (hopefully) information that makes the potential consumer want to learn more. They begin interacting with the company that supplied …

standard How Swank is Your Home?

Maybe you’re not fully swankified yet. Horror of horrors, maybe you still have to work for a living and balance your checkbook in order to avoid the dreaded “too much month at the end of the money” syndrome. Fear not, swankster in training. We’re going to show you four cool things to give your beer budget home the illusion of luxury. Remember Robin Leach, champagne wishes and caviar dreams? Here we go!
Automate the Heck Out of It
How much would you pay for programmable thermostats that learn to anticipate your preferences and adjust themselves accordingly AND are controlled via a remote control wi-fi or even mobile app when you’re not around? It turns out you can make your home smarter than the rest when it comes to temperature settings …