The answer is NO unless you ask

In early January I pulled into the circular driveway of a ritzy resort in Santa Barbara and I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay or not.  I left my car keys with the valet guy and he asked, “will you be staying sir.” I had no idea.  He said, “you may self-park and you don’t have to use valet.“Perhaps it was my indecisive comment or maybe my standard uniform (shorts and flip flop) that didn’t fit in at the ritzy resort.

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What’s the point of all of this?

If you’ve followed my writings for a while, you may have noticed my slant on financial planning is less about money and more about a rewarding and satisfying life. Money is a necessary part of life, but not the purpose of it.

Sometimes we get so focused on earning money, that we forget what that money is for. Here’s an old tale that always brings me back to reality when it’s easy to miss the forest for the trees.

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How much is your life worth? Part II

(This is part 3 of a series.  You can find part I here.)

In my previous post I suggested that the hourly wage your employer trades for your life is worth far less than you think.  In this post I’m going to help you get a better handle on what that number really is. To correctly estimate how much you’re worth per hour, you need to first calculate how much time you spend doing things for work that you don’t enjoy or wouldn’t do if you didn’t have to.

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Chuck Rylant MBA Graduation Speech

Today I’m sharing the speech I gave to the Cal Poly MBA graduating class of 2007. I was honored my class invited me to speak so it was a special moment in my life. Reading this speech brought back some memories, both good and bad.

Within the week of my graduation, I lost my mother to cancer and my son was born a few days later. It was a very emotional time in my life.  Maybe I will share more about those experiences later, but for now, here is my speech:

Have you ever had a dream, but you were afraid to go after it? Have you ever passed up an opportunity because you were afraid to fail?.….… I have. Continue reading “Chuck Rylant MBA Graduation Speech”