Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 81-88


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:


  • Happy and Crappy (Crappy) – We too often focus only on what we have done wrong in order to make improvements. I want to challenge us to remember what we have done right in order to recognize our accomplishments. “Happy and Crappy” is a simple question that my wife and I ask each other each night. The answer’s aren’t always profound, but they always matter. How often do you reflect? Not just on your day or life, but also on your finances?


Round 1, Game 41: Crappy vs. Literacy

  • Literacy (72%, 64 Votes)
  • Crappy (28%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 89

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  • This is why my love affair with value stocks was passionate and brief (Affair) – To me, investing in value stocks felt similar to the way an introvert feels dancing cold sober on a bar counter: a heady mixture of mortification and excitement. In this post I share how I overcame the fear, how I rode the highs and lows and why I decided that value stocks investing is not for me.


  • Confessions of a FIRE Blogger: We Don’t have a FI Number or Date (Confessions) – I have a confession to make. Mr. Adventure Rich and I do not have our Financial Independence number (the amount of money invested and/or coming in via passive income to sustain our lifestyle) nailed down. What’s more? We don’t know (gasp!) our Financial Independence date! I know, I know, what is a good little Financial Independence blogger like me doing by admitting that I don’t have our FI number or date dialed in, tattooed to our wrists, etched in each doorway throughout our house, and sung to our son as he drifts off to sleep each night?!?

Round 1, Game 42: Affair vs. Confessions

  • Confessions (71%, 79 Votes)
  • Affair (29%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 111

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  • How Fast Can You Make A Million Dollars? (Fast) – What do you think is the fastest way to make a million dollars? Strategic investments? Copious amounts of salary? The answer might be surprise you.


  • How Much Would You Replace If You Lost Everything? (Replace) – Most people live their life with a big goal to accumulate possessions. We work for this, we treasure these things, and even pass them on. But what if we’re faced with a situation where it all just goes away? How do you cope? What do you replace? What is gone forever that can stay that way?

Round 1, Game 43: Fast vs. Replace

  • Replace (63%, 49 Votes)
  • Fast (37%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 78

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  • The Basic Human Decency Fund (Basic) – Looking for a way to feel good about your money and better about your place in the world? Consider setting aside some cash for a basic human decency fund. Anyone can do it, and it will empower you to respond to the events of life (good and bad) in a more humane, compassionate way.


  • Why giving away money isn’t a sign of generosity (Sign) – Are you giving (money) until it hurts? Many times people are looking for a certain feeling when they’re giving someone else money; in other words, they are giving for the wrong reasons. In this blog post, we explore how to feel true prosperity and experience the real joys of generosity.

Round 1, Game 44: Basic vs. Sign

  • Basic (75%, 58 Votes)
  • Sign (25%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 77

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ESI is the owner of Rockstar Finance and writes at ESI Money, a blog about achieving financial independence through earning, saving, and investing (ESI).

He’s an early 50’s retiree who achieved financial independence, shares what’s worked for him, and details how others can implement those successes in their lives. He is also the author of a free ebook titled Three Steps to Financial Independence and spends a lot of his time interviewing millionaires.

Last modified: February 2, 2018

One Response to :
Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 81-88

  1. ESI says:

    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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