12 Easy Things You Can Do To Make Any Day More Positive

My time is about halfway up. I’ve loved and lost. My once young heart has turned wise. My laugh lines have run into my worry lines. I keep on breathing. There are only a fistful of things I know by now to be true in life. They weren’t what I thought I knew even five years earlier. I thought I was smart. My smartness (in my head): But, I found out recently that it had […]

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You May Have A Poor Person’s Mindset And Not Know It

The problem you don’t see Have you ever noticed that the poorest, most miserable people you know tend to be buyers of lottery tickets? C’mon lucky numbers 3, 10, 16, 22, 4, 50. I’m sure there’s a smart-sounding statistic somewhere lodged in a research report by some well-meaning PhD student who had to get funding from the So-And-So Foundation to prove his or her point, but I digress. The correlation is common enough that I’ll […]

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Are You Walking The Path Of Successful Or Average?

“What do you believe to be true that most people do not?”— Peter Thiel, Zero To One This question is genius. Why? Because although we all strive for unconventional levels of financial success, most people think conventionally, leading them nowhere. Thiel’s question forces you to think like a contrarian for a brief powerful moment. Do you own your own life? I ask, because most of us live like we don’t. Thiel’s question is brilliant because […]

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I Thought I Was Important Too

For the longest time, I believed money was there to make me happy. So I used it every chance I got. I spent it and spent it. I bought shoes and makeup and lots and lots of clothes, jewelry, and even fur. My closet in New York couldn’t hold my stuff, so we rented storage. We got a bigger place. We thought about moving to the suburbs. I bought experiences that made me feel special […]

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7 Beliefs You Need To Let Go Of To Build Wealth

“Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.” — anonymous It’s counter-intuitive, but in order to achieve the kind of wealth that brings long-lasting fulfillment, abundance, and happiness to one’s life, we often need to get out of our own way. We need to let certain beliefs go, not do more based on the ones we’ve got. I’ve written a lot about the natural laws of finance, which can be confusing. The natural laws of […]

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How Successful People Make A Ding In The Universe

There are certain common traits of people who put dings in the universe. 1. They’re not good at everything. “Play to your strengths.” “I haven’t got any,” said Harry, before he could stop himself. “Excuse me,” growled Moody, “you’ve got strengths if I say you’ve got them. Think now. What are you best at?” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire When Atari hired Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to develop a […]

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6 Things You Don’t Know About Money That Are Holding You Back

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.” — John D. Rockefeller The irony of a strong financial life is that you don’t really want it. You want what a strong financial life represents: options. the ability to fail and try again someday more time, to be spent in personally meaningful ways stronger choices for our loved ones, e.g. schools and neighborhoods the chance to continue to develop yourself through […]

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How To Financially THRIVE

The rules for financially thriving are different from the tenets of basic survival. “What we think, we become.” — Buddha No one wants to survive. We want to succeed to the greatest of our abilities. But many of us are only taught financial survival tactics since childhood that serve us to the lowest level of financial growth possible. Your purpose in life needs money. Even your most important relationships do. How present are you with your family […]

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Don’t Be A Peacock

Once there was a crow. He lived in a forest and was totally satisfied with his life. But one day, he saw a swan. “The swan is so white,” he thought, “and I am so black. The swan must be the happiest bird in the world.” When he expressed this to the swan, the swan replied, “Actually, I would have agreed with you, but recently, I saw a parrot which has two colors. I think […]

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9 Steps To Brighten Your Financial Prospects

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” — John Wooden Finance is the study of how money functionally applies to our lives, yet very few of us are taught the concepts and skills when we’re young. I get it. By the time we’re adults, we have so many balls in the air already. Learn a new new skill? No thanks. Besides the fact that learning money […]

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