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What’s Your Why?

The Olympics start on Friday, and if you watch them for any length of time, you’ll be inundated with the personal stories of the athletes. These stories always remind me of your personal “Why.” Why you are on this earth, why you are doing what you are doing. You can look at my personal story on our website and see my why, but my why has always been the same: it’s helping people about money. I get up every day and all I want to do is help one person solve one money issue, and that makes me really happy.

How Do You Communicate?

There’s a great saying that says, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It really highlights how you communicate, but specifically about how you listen. Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand. They are typically listening and building their reply in their head, so they are not fully engaged. It’s just a natural way we operate, thinking of ourselves first and others second.

The Learning Cycle

I was doing my laundry the other day (yes, I really do my own laundry!), and I was looking at the wash cycle buttons on my washing machine. It reminded me of the cycle that we go through naturally in life, that helps us get things accomplished. It’s called the learning cycle.

Are You Happy?

I really love that song, “Happy,” by Pharrell. It came out in 2013, and every time I hear that song, it really does make me happy. It’s got a great beat, it’s easy to get in to, and I just love the way it makes me feel. It reminds me of being happy all the time, not just when something like a song comes on or some other outside influence.

Start Off the New Year with Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” That phrase is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, and it reminds me of something I learned a long time ago: When my life is complex, I can’t get anything to be simple. I first have to take the complexity and reduce it down to something simple, otherwise, I can’t move forward. I end up feeling like a hamster on a wheel going around and around, nothing is really happening, and I end up very frustrated.

Ring in the New Year

2017 is coming to an end and I find myself reflecting on everything that has happened over the past year. I am also looking into 2018 and planning it out: vacations, family events, major purchases, work seminars, etc. You may be doing the very same thing. Well, CNN had some thoughts about the future as well and put together the 18 Things to Look Forward to in 2018. It is very interesting to see what will be coming over the next year.

‘Tis the Season Around the World

We all have our holiday traditions, things we tend to look forward to every year (and perhaps a few we could live without!). For some, it’s a specific type of Christmas cookie that has been in the family for generations. For others, it could be an event, like attending the local version of “A Christmas Carol” play with the whole family. Maybe it’s the way you spend Christmas morning, either letting every person rip open their presents all at once, or painstakingly watching each person open their gifts one at a time.

Get in to Your Work Flow

Back in the 1970s, Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian psychologist at the University of Chicago, came up with the concept of “flow”. Flow is a highly focused mental state. It’s like watching Michael Jordan when he gets in to the third and fourth quarter, getting the ball in the basket no matter what happens, and it’s just a thrill to watch him operate because he’s in that flow. It can be amazing to watch anyone at work when they are in their flow.

Thanksgiving: A Look at Gratitude and Finances

There are a lot of great traditions families have when it comes to Thanksgiving. Sometimes it’s food related, such as a secret family recipe for candied yams, deep frying a turkey, or just knowing exactly what dishes to expect at the table. Perhaps your family always participates in a local Turkey Trot race, or watches the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or takes turkey coma naps after the big meal.

The Joys of Failing Forward

I knew a gentleman that passed away a few years ago who seemed to do more in life after he retired than he did during his working years. He retired from the active workplace about 20 years before he passed, but during those 20 years, he became a sculptor, painter, author, and learned a new language. I was simply blown away by everything he’d accomplished during his retirement, but what it really showed me was the fact that he was not afraid to fail, since he hadn’t learned any of these activities prior to his retirement.

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