Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 17-24

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Here are the latest games in the first round of the 2018 Rockstar Rumble.

We’ve listed each “game” (one post versus another) along with wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. Also listed is a keyword after each post title to make it easy to vote. Be sure to vote for your favorites since you will help determine the winner!

Criteria for the best article is what makes Rockstar content which includes these factors:

  • Starts with an interesting title
  • Includes unique content — we like posts that are edgy, feisty, funny, failure-focused, and super helpful
  • Easy to read
  • Positive/uplifting (vs. negative)

The voting will run for 48 hours. At that point, a winner will be named and will advance. You can follow the results in the brackets here. Please note, there is ONE VOTE PER PERSON.

To be sure you see all games, click on the Rumble category link and scroll down.

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Here are today’s games:


  • Financial Goals – How to Set + Not Mess Up (Mess) – Unlike many other posts on the topic, this one actually takes reader through a real-life mind journey of how to arrive at your real financial goals. This post has gained a lot of popularity among the target audiences and on social media.


  • The Original Dirtbag (Dirtbag) – This post is great because it explains how the lifestyle of a relatively obscure climber relates to money. The numbers behind what to do with your money have been written about 20 times over, but posts like this that relate financial independence to other parts of life and pop-culture help bring new followers into the community. The more you can draw links between the FI lifestyle and other parts of life, the more people you will convert!

Round 1, Game 9: Mess vs. Dirtbag

  • Dirtbag (72%, 73 Votes)
  • Mess (28%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 101

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  • Following the Dave Ramsey Plan (Not Really) to Financial Freedom (Ramsey) – Dave Ramsey is one of the most popular financial gurus today whose guidance is followed by thousands of people. Most of Dave’s advice is really good and has helped many get out of debt. However, there are some aspects of his advice that can be damaging and should be avoided. This post breaks down the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Dave Ramsey plan and describes how we have decided to apply his guidance in our pursuit of financial independence.


  • Avoid the Prisons That Incarcerate Your Soul (Soul) – What is more valuable than your soul? There is a picture in this article that shows you how to escape the prisons incarcerating your soul, and run free toward your deepest dreams in life.

Round 1, Game 10: Ramsey vs. Soul

  • Soul (70%, 81 Votes)
  • Ramsey (30%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 115

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  • Your Crazy Spending Helps The Rest of Us (Crazy) – It gives confidence to so many people that are saving and investing that their work is being propelled by so many people who are spending all the time and on so many material possessions. It also helps to open the eyes of spenders so that they may take action and take steps to cut back and change their spending habits a little bit :-)


  • How To “Make It To The Top” in Your Career, Without Climbing the Corporate Ladder (Ladder) – It is assumed that climbing the career ladder is necessary, from both a professional and a financial perspective. But is it? This is a story of a man who took a hard look at the “ladder” and realized he didn’t need it to “get to the top” of his career.

Round 1, Game 11: Crazy vs. Ladder

  • Ladder (71%, 72 Votes)
  • Crazy (29%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 102

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  • How to Build a $1000 Emergency Fund in 90 Days or Less (Fund) – I tried and failed to save even a single dollar for the longest time, feeling like a loser when I’d withdraw it. Now, I’ve got over a year’s worth of expenses saved up. It IS possible for things to change, and get better so that you can save. This step-by-step process with ACTIONABLE items makes saving for an emergency fund so much less daunting!


  • The Final Words Of A Dying Man (Final) – While so many of us chase short term goals in life, it’s important to pause and appreciate someone who demonstrated a special quality with his life. Jim was that man, and his final words were just another example of why his life was so unique. We should all learn from Jim – he deserves that.

Round 1, Game 12: Fund vs. Final

  • Final (81%, 93 Votes)
  • Fund (19%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 115

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6 thoughts on “Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 17-24”

  1. This round is now over and voting has closed.

    The winners are:


    The brackets will be updated to reflect these results.

    Thanks to all for playing and voting. Congrats to the winners!

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