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The Richer Life Lab Podcast gives you everything you need to take control and upgrade your money, career, and life. Hosts Laura Adams (from the Money Girl Podcast) and Kate Rodriguez offer experiments and fresh approaches to old problems in a lively, thought-provoking format. You'll get concepts, research, and personal experiences that move you from ideas to actions and daily habits that add up to transform your life. Follow along for weekly inspiration that sparks a revolution in your mindset and results.






#20 Best Money and Career Advice You’ve Ever Heard

In this season finale episode Laura and Kate bring you their best money and career advice. These 6 tips can really move the needle for your financial future and overall career success. If you follow nothing else but these 3 career lessons and 3 money lessons, you’ll already be way ahead of most people – and on your way to the richest life you can have. It will truly be the best money and career advice you’ve ever heard! Click here for the full show notes at RicherLifeLab.com Please...

Duration: 00:21:35

#19 Preparing for Retirement When You're Self-Employed

Do you ever wonder how you'll ever be prepared for retirement? It's a challenge for employees--but can be even more difficult and complex when you work for yourself. In this show Laura and Kate interview Dr. Jim Jackson, author of No One Loves Your Money Like You Do: The Ultimate Retirement Planning Guide for Business Owners and Private Practitioners. Jim has the unique distinction of being a doctor of dental surgery and a certified financial planner. So he really understands the...

Duration: 00:18:08

#18 How to Network Like the Most Successful People

Knowing how to network the right way is an important part of building your career. When we meet new people, we learn new things—and that leads to all kinds of opportunities. But maybe you don't enjoy networking or think you're very good at it. In this show Laura and Kate discuss some interesting (and surprising!) results from networking studies. We boil them down to 3 fundamental tips for how to network like the most successful professionals—and take your career to new levels. Click...

Duration: 00:26:25

#17 Resume Writing--Expert Tips to Create Your Executive Summary

Looking for a new opportunity--or just want to be ready if something great comes up? Then it's time to polish up your resume! But writing a resume can be really difficult, especially the executive summary, which is the most important part. This week Laura and Kate interview Teena Rose, the founder of Resume to Referral, a resume writing and career coaching service for senior-level professionals. We talk about how job hunting and resumes have changed over the years and what you need to...

Duration: 00:25:17

#16 Match Your Personal Values With Your Work

If you've ever felt unfulfilled at work, your organization or team may not be a good fit with your personal values. In this show, Laura and Kate interview Chris Edmonds, who is a culture expert and author of multiple books. Surveys show that only 30% of American workers are "engaged" at work. We discuss why that number is so low, how to improve it, and why service to others may be the key to understanding how to take your career to the next level. Every organization has a culture that...

Duration: 00:25:26

#14 Sensible Ways to Take Risk in Work and Life

Laura and Kate interview Karen Firestone, a seasoned investment expert, business owner, Harvard MBA, and author of a very readable book, Even The Odds: Sensible Risk-Taking in Business, Investing, and Life. They explore how to assess risk around money, career and relationships, and make solid decisions. You'll learn over 10 tips for making risk pay off, including: Click here for the full show notes at RicherLifeLab.com Please stay in touch! We’d love to hear your feedback, questions,...

Duration: 00:36:00

#13 How to Use 4 Social Ties to Build Your Career

Each of us has a vast web of people we’re connected to. Social scientists call these connections our “social ties.” Some are very strong, some are weak, but it turns out that all of them can have an impact on how well we do in life personally and professionally. Laura and Kate examine 4 types of social ties that we all have, and how you can rely on them to build your career--if you use them the right way. We uncovered some interesting and surprising research about how our social ties...

Duration: 00:30:29

#12 How Much Debt Is Too Much? 7 Warning Signs

Most of us have some amount of debt that we're paying down. Some types can be powerful tools that actually help you build wealth—when used the right way. The trick is to know which types of debt are good for you and which ones can be dangerous. In this show Laura and Kate cover 7 warning signs that show you’ve crossed the line and have too much debt for a healthy financial life. Click here for the full show notes at RicherLifeLab.com Please stay in touch! We’d love to hear your...

Duration: 00:21:04

#11 Practice These 7 Habits to Grow Rich Now

You’ve heard it plenty: habits have a huge influence on your life. If you want to improve your personal finances there are specific habits you need to adopt sooner rather than later. Laura and Kate go through some amazing examples of how habits have shaped the outcomes of rich and poor people. And they uncover 7 of the most important habits you should practice today to grow rich. Click here for the full show notes at RicherLifeLab.com Please stay in touch! We’d love to hear your...

Duration: 00:29:19

#10 When Positive Thinking Can Actually Be Dangerous

Think being a sunny optimist with constant positive thinking is always good? Thinking positive thoughts has been the big message in the self-help world for decades. As long as humans have observed each other’s behavior, we’ve noticed that people who are optimistic tend to be happier, healthier and achieve their goals more often than people who are negative and pessimistic. However there are some downsides to positive thinking you should be aware of. In this show Laura and Kate dig up...

Duration: 00:23:58

#9 Often-Overlooked Money Conversations You Should Have Soon

Laura and Kate know first-hand that talking with the people in your life about money is tough. But our financial lives never exist in a vacuum – they’re closely linked to other people, like partners, parents, dependents, employers, and advisors. Talking about money with these stakeholders can be very uncomfortable, so uncomfortable that we sometimes push off those conversations for years. However, these conversations can be the key to a healthier financial future. We recommend 5 of the...

Duration: 00:26:35

#8 Should You Get Another Degree? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Knowing if and when you should go back to school for more education can be the key to a more satisfying job and earning more money. It’s also a great way to launch an entirely new career, pursue a passion, or just feed your intellect. But doing another degree is a huge investment in time and money. Do you really need to do it? Are you making the right call? Laura and Kate pose 5 insightful questions to help you know if going back to school will pay off. Click here for the full show notes...

Duration: 00:40:01

#7 Take a Personal Money Day to Accelerate Your Success

Do you procrastinate when it comes to dealing with your money? We’ve all been there! Laura and Kate explain step-by-step how to tackle financial tasks in one day that will pay off big time for years. If you’re like most people, you have financial tasks on your “to do” list that keep rolling over from month to month or even year to year. Work and family responsibilities often get in the way of creating a plan or improving our finances, even when we have the best intentions. But you can’t...

Duration: 00:22:29

#6 Job Hopping--Leverage the Rewards and Avoid the Risks

Laura and Kate share research and lessons learned on how to win at job hopping. You'll learn 5 strategies to earn more money and advance your career. Switching jobs frequently used to mean you were flaky and unreliable. Being professional meant being loyal to your employer. And companies rewarded that loyalty with job security, annual raises and a nice pension. And remember those gold watches at retirement? But that kind of corporate culture is becoming a thing of the past. Now, job...

Duration: 00:28:38

#5 Richer Women--Optimize Life, Work and Wealth

Ready to become richer women (or men)? In Laura and Kate's first guest interview, they talk with money expert Kim Palmer about making the most of life, work and wealth.Kim was the senior money editor at US News &World Report for nine years and is the author of several books. We talk about Kim’s latest titleSmart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family, a personal finance guide for moms. Sheshares great tips on how parents (especially moms) can balance work and family...

Duration: 00:28:00

#4 Freelancing--9 Questions To Know If You Have What It Takes

Laura and Kate are both freelance vets but have had traditional jobs too. These two know all about the risks and rewards of the "gig economy" and being your own boss. It’s freeing, exhilarating, and, quite frankly, a little frightening. They run through 9 critical questions you need to ask yourself if you're thinking about freelancing--or have already made the leap (either full- or part-time) and want more success. This show will help you know if you're cut out for the freelance life and...

Duration: 00:34:06

#3 Six Clever Ways Introverts Can Thrive at Work

Are you an introvert? Do you work? Then this episode's for you! No matter what you do for a living, understanding how you tick can help you identify and profit from your strengths as a professional. We discuss famous introverts and 6 clever ways introverts can thrive and succeed at work. We share lots of personal stories on this topic and Laura takes a quiz to find out if she's an introvert! Click here for the full show notes at RicherLifeLab.com Please stay in touch We’d love to hear your...

Duration: 00:35:52

#2 Maximize Your Morning to Get More Done

Ever notice how a rough morning makes the entire day a drag?Laura and Kate share 8 tips (plus a bonus) on how to set up a solid morning routine that helps you accomplish more the whole day – at work and at home. It's time to getorganized, feel less stressed, and have more energy and productivity throughout the day. As usual, in addition to sharing plenty of personal experiences, we’ll discuss the science behind our suggestions. Click here for the full show notes at RicherLifeLab.com Please...

Duration: 00:37:00

#1 Four Steps to Turn Your Passion into Profit

Laura and Kate discuss how turn your passion into a profitable venture so you earn more and feel happier. You'll get step-by-step advice (and a handy resource) to figure out what your passion is and whether it can be profitable. We talk about how we met as girls in a small southern town, and grew up to discover our personal and career passions. We analyze how you too can identify your passion and, more importantly, profit from it. Click here for the full show notes at RicherLifeLab.com...

Duration: 00:30:03