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Taking it to the Next Level

Here we are yet again. You've evaluated 2016 and have seen yourself in action. You've set annual, monthly, weekly, and daily objectives and now know better how you perform. For me, I have high energy in the morning and it diminishes as the day progresses. So my eating goals fall apart after dinner. I need to change my thinking. At work, I have come upon roadblocks that now will require more of me than I first thought. I must adjust. The weight of past challenges have diminished, so I feel buoyant to get after new objectives. What will make 2017 a Happy [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Personal|

Get FROM, not THROUGH

Subtle distinctions make all the difference in your world. My youngest son Kevin, as many of you know, has graduated college. After 22 years of preparatory school, he has now entered “the real world”. Congrats to him. See if you can relate to this next part - so he gets a job where he must...pass licensing tests. He’ll be working for a financial company where he must pass a Series 6, 7, and 63 within the prescribed time in order to get a raise and retain employment. Do you see the difference between his formal education and now this first [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|Personal|

My Wilberforce Thesis

I hope you’ve seen the movie Amazing Grace about William Wilberforce. Through his life-long persistence, he was able to abolish slavery within the British Empire. As unlikely and impractical as his desires were, he was able to overcome a hundred and fifty years of national economic interests to wake up his countrymen to this moral imperative. His personal mode in which he identified an issue that inflamed him with purpose, thereby envisioning a world on a higher plane, where he steeled himself to that cause as the defining aspect of his life is my Wilberforce Thesis. My Wilberforce purpose is [...]

By | December 17th, 2016|Parenting, Personal, Spiritual|

Nothing Stands Alone

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” was last week’s opening aphorism by Benjamin Franklin. Why would that be? Why would going to bed early have any effect on wealth and wisdom? My experience is that there is a high correlation to this being true. I know many wealthy guys and they are early risers. I know many men whom I consider to be wise and they greet the dawn. It should be good enough to just accept this as true, change our ways accordingly, and reap the results. But somehow it’s not good [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Getting Started, Personal|

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Abundance is the fruit of specific habits. Nothing stands alone. An insightful quote by Frank Outlaw says it better: "Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” My contention is that the 3rd line is the key to an abundant life. Your thoughts, of course, are invaluable and training your mind to positive production is without a doubt a critical skill. But without action our intentions can become muddled. Unless you can create habits that move [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Personal, Spiritual|

Window of Opportunity

Good morning. I trust you Americans enjoyed your share of over indulgence, football, and gratitude. I sure did (though I am writing this prospectively and not retrospectively. Gives you an idea of my intent). This year I’ve talked about material abundance. In my writings, I don’t consider material wealth to be “he who dies with the most toys – wins!” That thought is beyond shallow. But material wealth IS something. To us guys it’s a big deal because it’s a scorecard. Material wealth does provide a sense of accomplishment. In other words, it demonstrates to our fellow man that we [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Personal|