Don’t Stop Believin’ When You’re Bored: The World Is Full of New Ideas

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The following is a post by MPFJ staff writer, SK. SK writes about the reasons we get into debt, changing the patterns that get us into debt, and examines small business ownership and real estate investing at her blog, American Debt Project.

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” –Dorothy Parker
In every aspect of our lives, we will at one point hit that dreaded wall of boredom. Boredom seeps into our job, our finances, and our most cherished relationships. Boredom enters like a poisonous gas, spreading across the fields of your life and making everything seem just a little bit duller. 

2012 was an amazing year for me in terms of getting things done. I started a new job, moved to a new place to save money, and put in place plans to begin some consulting in the new year that could eventually exceed my salary in my day job. I finally pre-qualified for a mortgage, and I have started looking at properties with the possibility to make a real offer, and real estate ownership is one of my biggest financial goals. So, what happens now? As soon as it feels like everything is on track, I find myself completely bored.

But, the good news is that I have a curious mind that won’t let me stay bored for too long. I thought about what comes next for a person who has a job they enjoy and finances that aren’t out of control. I remembered that our world is vast, the ability and potential of man is unlimited and there are people who are building and creating every single day. I want to learn about that and be a part of that. Here are a few amazing places I head to when the threat of boredom starts to buzz louder in my brain.

Blogs of Venture Capital firms

Venture capital has to be the coolest job in the world. Deciding what new companies and ideas to invest large amounts of money into, while meeting with the founders, scientists and crazy dreamers? NEA is one great example as well as the personal blog of Paul Kedrosky. You’ll learn about incredible technology (like 23andMe’s personal genetics kit), new trends (for-profit education), and just soak up knowledge from very sharp people.


AngelList connects investors to startups but also highlights recent successes. Just a few minutes on here and you’ll discover so many new ideas and companies that it always gets my own creative ideas moving again. You can also apply to become an investor and try your hand at angel investing.

Coursera and MOOCs

I admit I haven’t finished a Coursera course yet. It’s tough to stay on schedule, but the courses offer free content from the world’s best universities, and this new concept in education is called a MOOC (massive, open, online course), and recent courses have seen over 80,000 people enroll. That alone inspires me and gets me excited about where we are going in this world.


I dare you to stay bored while considering all the possibilities in your backyard. Whether it’s browsing craigslist free for some amazing find, gigs for a quick job to do, or business to score cheap business equipment, I always use Craigslist to get the pulse of the neighborhood, including ones I don’t live in.

It’s easy to get bored and think that nothing “exciting” is happening. The funner challenge is proving that that is totally bogus.

How about you all? What are your favorite ways to combat boredom?

Share your experiences by commenting below! 

About the Author Jacob A Irwin

Hi folks! My name is Jacob. I am the owner and operator of My Personal Finance Journey. I started this blog in January of 2010 and have enjoyed the journey ever since. Since finishing up graduate school in Virginia in 2014, I have been working in biopharmaceutical development in Colorado. You can read more about me and this site here​. Please contact me if you have any questions!

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