The Lost Art of Saying No

Shell Beach SunsetI have a hard time saying no.

I’m a sucker for a sob story — especially from those closest to me.

Even with a small inner circle, I get a lot of requests through my blog, books, teaching and public speaking.

I’m flattered, but each request creates a sense of obligation – pressure to do something I do not want to do. Continue reading

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Rock Bottom to Champion Jiu Jitsu Competitor: Lance Glynn – From Addiction to Entrepreneur

Lance-GlynnLance was face down on the floor. He slowly opened his eyes and glanced around.

The first thing he saw an empty bottle of Whisky laying on it’s side next to his face.

Lance did not know where he was until he recognized his white bulldog laying on the floor next to him. The 118 pound dog stared at Lance with the helpless look that only a concerned dog could have.

After Lance struggled to get himself up, he rummaged through his wrinkled pant pockets and and pulled out a $612 bar receipt. 

That was the middle of the day after the first 24 hours of drinking.

It got much worse.

That one night turned into three weeks of relentless partying.

By the end of that binge, Lance was done, he hit rock bottom.

“I’m a bad alcoholic. Everything is extreme when I drink.”


Fast forward six years.

“I don’t worry about anything now.”

Lance found happiness. “I know what I’m going to do the rest of my life.”

“Most people never find that. The guy that checks the water meter 40 hours a week… he doesn’t want to do that – but he has two kids, a house and a wife – he’s stuck.”

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The Definitive Guide to Investing: 20 years of Investing Experience in 7 Minutes

how the stock market worksDo not invest in the stock market to make money.

If you want more money, start a business, work more hours or increase your earning power with new skills.

Do not be deceived by the allure of making money in the stock market.

It’s not going to happen without improbable luck. You cannot depend on bad odds. Continue reading

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Will You Have Enough to Retire?

Do I have enough to retireIn one minute, you will know how much money you need before you can tell your boss, or customers, to go to hell (or retire).

Even if you never exercise that option, freedom is knowing that you can.

A better description of retirement is “Financial Independence”– meaning you no longer HAVE to work, because your money works for you.

It does not necessarily mean you quit working, but in retirement you choose the kind of work you want to do. Continue reading

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The Avoidable Stress We Create

social-anxiety-disorder“What do you do?”

It’s slightly less offensive than asking, “How much money do you make?”

But it’s a socially acceptable way of asking the same thing.

It’s a way to profile you. 

We prefer simple categories.

Black and white.

Good and bad.

It’s easier to categorize someone as a lawyer, doctor or a plumber.

We can process those stereotypes without investing time to get to know them.

We are selfish. We want to know immediately what value that person is to us. What we can get from them — money, connections, friendship or love.

We’re always racing for the next thing.

American culture is to keep pressing forward.

More money.

More things.

More titles.

We rarely stop to enjoy what we have or the people we are with.

We worry what we may be missing, so we overlook the now.

It’s crazy. Continue reading

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