Find Your Financial Grit: A Step-by-Step Guide

Winning with money is not an easy path to walk. The experience can definitely feel like a walk through the mud. If financial success had a mascot, it would definitely be the iconic tortoise from "The Tortoise and the Hare." How does the Tortoise win with a clear disadvantage and the odds stacked against him? … Continue reading Find Your Financial Grit: A Step-by-Step Guide

It Starts With One: 5 Steps for Breaking Down Our Greatest Challenges

The Thousand Mile Journey Lao Tzu said "the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." The hardest part is deciding when to step. The six focus factors below call on us to pay attention to areas of our lives where we may be lacking in determination, fulfillment, progress, or goals. A journey of … Continue reading It Starts With One: 5 Steps for Breaking Down Our Greatest Challenges

Paying Off Debt: It’s All About ME

Should I pay extra on my student loan and mortgage debts to get out of debt quicker, or should I just pay the monthly amount due and put extra into my investments? I've been asked this question more times than I can now specifically recall. My old answer was: "Are you nuts?! Pay off the … Continue reading Paying Off Debt: It’s All About ME

The Dreamer’s Playbook: Four Transcendent Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

You have an idea. That's how it always starts. A bright, shiny, unique baby idea that, when fully developed, will be a game changer for society, and for your bank account. It's all you can think about. You know that if you can operationalize this incredible idea, you'll make millions. It consumes you. It's that good. You … Continue reading The Dreamer’s Playbook: Four Transcendent Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

Sizzling Tulips: A Cautionary Tale for Investors

What follows is a cautionary tale that perfectly illustrates why - when it comes to investing - we should all avoid the sizzle. The year is 1634. The place - Holland. Tulips made their way to the Dutch from Turkey and, being a new flower, were pretty pricey. People were paying a pretty penny for … Continue reading Sizzling Tulips: A Cautionary Tale for Investors

Goal Strong: Pursuing Authentic Inspiration

Setting and reaching goals is something that gets a ton of lip service in the self-help/leadership development world. How many of us are actually following through with what we said we would do? How many of us actually become Goal Strong? Lip Service Let's take New Year's resolutions as an example. Of the 41% of … Continue reading Goal Strong: Pursuing Authentic Inspiration

The Tough Truth About Time Management

Our perceived reality: life is crazy, and if only I could better manage my time, I could reach all of my goals and feel good about my decisions. The tough truth: time management is not a "thing." Feeling loss-of-control over time is a symptom of a few other things that need managing. Falling behind on … Continue reading The Tough Truth About Time Management

Dream Costs: 5 Steps for Figuring Future Expenses

This is the third post in a series on American PI:E™ – the recipe for early retirement, true autonomy, and reclaiming your American dream. Last time we looked at the left side of the financial autonomy equation: PI:E. We talked about different ways to generate passive income and why that's important to achieving real financial independence. … Continue reading Dream Costs: 5 Steps for Figuring Future Expenses

Shoveling Snow: What the Blizzard of 2017 Taught Us About Discipline

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. - Hebrews 12:11 The path to success is rarely paved with gold or laid out with a red carpet. More often, it looks like our driveway this … Continue reading Shoveling Snow: What the Blizzard of 2017 Taught Us About Discipline

The Ideal Candidate: Three Common Virtues for Uncommon Success

If you've ever sat through an interview, you've probably heard or asked this question: "How would you describe the ideal candidate for this position?" I'd venture to guess that no interviewer has ever answered this question like this: "I'm looking for a real jerk - somebody unmotivated and unwilling to learn. I'd appreciate it if … Continue reading The Ideal Candidate: Three Common Virtues for Uncommon Success

Better than Beasts: Our relationship with money

"A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish." - Psalm 49:20 Fact: At one point a cat picked stocks better than most investment managers. This alone may be reason enough to take a good look at how we approach money as a culture. If you want a good example of … Continue reading Better than Beasts: Our relationship with money

The Secret of Change

Socrates said “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” All of our energy. Not some, not 50%, not just on weekdays...every day. All of our energy - all of the time. For an alcoholic, pursuing sobriety is not a one-and-done decision. It … Continue reading The Secret of Change