Education and the Young Male Population

“In 2015, 22 percent of lower-skilled men aged 21–30 had not worked at all during the prior 12 months.” ~ Erik Hurst.  That’s nearly a quarter of young men without a college degree do not have, and have not had work in the past 12 months.  And it’s getting worse.  […]


The Thinker

When to Rely on Experts

Stephen Hawking is an amazing physicist. His incredible career spans theoretical work in black holes, quantum gravity, and the beginning of the universe. He wrote a popular physics book called A Brief History of Time, which sits on my bookshelf. Today, he currently works as the Director of Research at […]


Big fat hairy goals

In 2003, I ran my first and only marathon.  During that race, I discovered an important lesson about those biggest of goals, those big fat hairy goals that look scary because they are so big. In the January of that year, I decided to tackle the Chicago Marathon. I know going in, […]

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Purpose to get out of bed

The Only Reason to Get Out of Bed

“In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose—a productive purpose.” ~ Ayn Rand, Playboy Interview Every morning, I get out of bed. It may seem like a small, innocuous event. Yet that one small act is profound. I could just lie there, mind […]


Financial Thinking – Limit Your Focus

In part 2 of my series on financial success, I dig into how I think about personal finance concepts.  Not only do I need to know myself, but I need to know how property, money, time, and energy interact to improve my wealth and well-being. Of course, wealth is only […]

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Broken finances

Financial Success Starts with Knowledge of Yourself 2

My finances are a mess.  It’s been 1 year since I last reviewed my retirement portfolio.  4 years since I set a monthly budget.  Each month, we bleed cash on lots of little things – birthday parties, clothes, gymnastics, a new chair, new workout equipment, the latest book by Orson Scott […]


Stackable goals

Stacking goals for the new year

With a new year looming, many of us take time to re-evaluate our goals and resolutions for the coming year.  Often however, these resolutions fall flat.  Why?  Because we set ourselves up for failure.  We promise to do our best. We set unclear goals.  We don’t make ourselves accountable.  When […]


Wealth and Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins 2

Below is a good video by Tony Robbins. It’s long (over an hour), but below is my synopsis. I assume these are in his new book Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. Reminds me a lot of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. To be wealthy, don’t start […]

Wealth and Financial Success

The Limits of GTD 1

For several years, I have used David Allen’s Getting Things Done.  Yet, it never ran quite as smooth as I would have liked.  Recently, a friend explained why she struggled with GTD.  Parts of the conversation really struck a cord with me.  With her permission, I share her story below. […]