A Better Alternative to Working Too Much

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Ambition can be a good thing. That is … until it drives you INSANE because all you do is work – all of the time! All too often we make the mistake in our careers by having the notion that taking on more and more projects will convert proportionally to more income. But then we’re disappointed when all that happens is we end up working way too much and the whole thing just blows up in our face. Believe it or not, there’s a theory in economics that can help explain why this is an effort in vain.  But as you’ll find out, where one door closes, another one can open. Let’s take a dive … [Read more...]

What Would You Do with $100,000 if You Waited One More Year to Retire?

What Would You Do with $100,000

One of the fun things to think about when it comes to investing is what happens when your assets reach critical mass – the point at which your money is self-sustaining.  Generally that’s when your compounded returns are so large that they could support you if you were to suddenly stop working. Most of the time the goal for retirement is to reach this point and have our finances start to take care of us.  BUT … for fun, let’s consider what would happen if we didn’t. Let’s suppose you had accumulated $1 million dollars by the time you had intended to retire.   But being financially savvy, … [Read more...]

14 Week Cancer Update and My Thoughts on Dying

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I just wanted to give everyone another quick update on my fight with cancer.  Things have been going fairly well so far, although I’m starting to feel more of the cumulative effects of chemo.  This past week was somewhat of a milestone for me – I’m officially halfway through my treatments!  Within the next few weeks I’m scheduled for a PET scan where they will be able to tell just how much my tumor has shrunk.  Our fingers are crossed for some good news! Aside from the actual treatments themselves, I can tell you this – in the days of post-recovery after chemo, you get a lot of time to … [Read more...]

What Habits Are On Your Morning Routine Checklist?

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Usually I don’t tend to buy into headlines like “how to be more productive” or “how to improve your efficiency”, but recently I was pleasantly surprised by something I heard. One of the latest Pat Flynn Smart Passive Income podcast episodes was a whole thing about his daily habits and morning routine.  Normally I tend to gravitate more towards his bits about blogging and entrepreneurism.  But with the big recent changes in my health, I’ve been more open to trying just about anything. And I’ve got to say – I was glad I did! I’m not sure I’ve ever really realized how much time I waste … [Read more...]

My Cancer Update – 8 Weeks Later

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I wanted to give everyone a quick update on my health and how things are going. In case you didn’t know, I found out in January that I have cancer – specifically Type II Hodgkin's Lymphoma. As you can probably guess that came as a HUGE shock to me to because I’m an otherwise pretty young, healthy guy. However, as I’ve learned, cancer doesn’t discriminate its victims.   And so now this is just simply something I have to deal with and put behind me without hesitation. Since when I first broke the news to you my dear readers, I’ve received my official regimen of treatments: No … [Read more...]

Unlock Your Financial Philosophy Cheat Codes

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Remember video game cheat codes?  My son got a cheat code book from his cousin a few months back and he’s finding out just how awesome they are. Take your favorite video game or the hardest video game and the cheat code book gave you power you never thought you could have.  Unlimited lives.  More firepower.  Skipping ahead several levels to defeat the last big boss.  Honestly it made winning the game so much easier, and it was awesome! As I got older, I noticed something about cheat codes – there were more of them then just I knew about video games!  Clearly all around me there were all … [Read more...]

I Have Cancer.  Now What I Am Going to Do?

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Two weeks ago I learned some pretty shocking news: I have cancer. What started out as a seemingly simple trip to the doctor to find out why my neck was feeling so constricted lately quickly escalated into an 8-night stay at the hospital full of scans, biopsies, and blood-work which ultimately concluded that I have Stage II Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Believe me – to say this has been quite a shock is to say the least.  I’ll be turning 35 years old next month and this is something I would have never guessed I’d be dealing with at this stage of my life.  I’ve always worked very, very hard to stay … [Read more...]

Recognizing the Important Aspects of Life

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One of my favorite movies to watch during Christmas time is the old classic “A Christmas Carol”. Yes, I know.  It’s about as cliché of a Christmas movie as they can possibly get.  Pretty much everyone knows the story of bitter-old Ebenezer Scrooge and how he changes his miserable ways after a visit from 3 ghosts who show him how meaningless his life really is and convince him to change. I think most people will agree that the main point of the Dickens’s tale is that there is more to life than money.  However as I’ve become older I’ve realized that the theme of money actually highlights … [Read more...]