Everything I Need to Know Fits on an Index Card

Friday, October 11th, 2013


Ezra Klein write a fine column, This 4×6 index card has all the financial advice you’ll ever need, for The Washington Post on 9/16/13. He writes, “Think managing your finances has to be complicated? Wonkblog contributor (and UC Chicago social scientist) Harold Pollack doesn’t. After a talk with personal finance expert Helaine Olen, Pollack managed to write down pretty much everything you need to know on a 4×6 index card. And it would probably fit on a 3×5 index card if you really crammed (that last point, for instance, is probably not strictly necessary for managing your money).”

Got me thinking over the past couple of weeks, is there a way to put all the important elements of building support for change on an index card without simplifying wisdom to the point of banality? Seems like if fincial experts feel it can be done regarding personal finance, perhaps we can too.