One of the sensational headlines I often see tossed around is the notion that the "American Dream" is dead, and that it’s impossible for the average person to “get ahead” anymore. But is that really true? Are we all really being held back by some invisible force, or has our idea of what the American Dream should be just become so skewed that we’re chasing after something that never really existed in the first place? The Origin of the American Dream The term “the American Dream” is credited to James Truslow Adams who wrote in 1931: "Life should be better and richer and fuller … [Read more...] about The American Dream Isn’t Dead, It’s Just Different Now
As the year comes to a close and I become another year wiser, I realize more and more how secondary money really is in the grand scheme of life. “Most of us” know this to be true about all the cliché things like bigger homes, more expensive cars, luxury jewelry, and so on. But what’s harder to define is that grey area in the middle … the place between having just enough for both now and the future, but not compromising our other priorities in life. This is a difficult line to walk. In general, a lot of us believe that striving to work harder and earn more is a good thing. Most of … [Read more...] about Planting the Seeds of Human Capital: Your Greatest Investment
It's time to put aside hardcore saving tips and retirement planning strategies for a few minutes and talk about something a little more seasonal: Which scary movies are the best to watch this Halloween! Aside from cinnamon apple cider donuts and carving pumpkins, scaring myself silly watching a boat-load of horror movies is one of my favorite things to do all throughout October. And why not? It's cheap entertainment! Most of the major TV channels get into the "spirit" (... bad Halloween pun ...) by re-running marathons of all the horror classics. Or if you're keeping up with modern … [Read more...] about Good Scary Movies to Watch This Halloween – 2016 Edition
Recently a friend of mine was let go from his job. It was one of those situations where he worked at the same place for 11 years and worked his way up the ladder. Then, one morning, he was asked to come up to the front conference room. Without much of a reason or excuse, he was told he was done. Hit by a train that came out of no where. I’m always a little unsettled when I hear the news of someone I know and respect being let go from the job they've worked so hard at. Perhaps it's because it reminds me of just how vulnerable we all really are when it comes to this thing we call … [Read more...] about F-You Money & Talent – The Only Unemployment Insurance You Have
Go to the theater and the message is clear: Everyone LOVES super hero movies! Disney is practically printing money using the success of the Marvel studio franchises. Since Iron Man, they’ve made over $10 billion dollars! And Warner Bros is no fool either. They hope to capture some of that market share with their upcoming line-up of DC-based comic book action movies. So, what exactly is the draw to these movies? Why are they so irresistible? And what makes us have to rush out on opening day with the whole family to spend +$50 and be the first to see them? I’m Batman! When … [Read more...] about Batman and Money – The Connection and What We Can Learn From It
This week, millions of people will scarf down their turkey dinners, prematurely leave the table (and the company of their families), and then head into the night to spend billions of dollars on tablets, smart phones, flat-screen TV’s, and other gifts for people on their Christmas lists. In fact, according to Statistic Brain, 23% of Black Friday retail shoppers will camp out at a store, arriving at midnight or before. If you plan to partake in this festival of consumerism, here are some interesting trivia facts surrounding Black Friday for you to ponder and talk about with the other … [Read more...] about The History of Black Friday and Other Fun Stats
If one of your goals this year is to make more money at work or advance your career further, then consider if you’ve got what it takes to become a manager. Management is a funny gig ... I should know. I was a manager for many years. And even though I've switched jobs and am not currently in charge of anyone, I'm sure that I will be again some day as I carve out my new career path. Depending on your industry and how far you take things, managers can often make several times more compensation than their lowest paid employees. In fact, to illustrate how extreme this situation can … [Read more...] about The Management Skills List – Do You Have What it Takes to Earn More This Year?
It has been about two weeks now since my family and I took the big plunge and moved into our new home. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, this move was all about priorities – the most important ones being close to my children’s schools and my wife’s work. In addition to relocating our home lives, my working life also took a dramatic turn. I was offered a great job opportunity by one of my former clients at a location that was within a reasonable commute to my new house. With little hesitation, I sprung at the opening and have now switched jobs. I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone … [Read more...] about Embrace Your Fear of Change and Overcome It
I have some very exciting news to share … As of my last PET scan, my cancerous tumor is gone! Finally! My cancer is in remission! Last Thursday was also my last treatment of chemotherapy. Even though I’m thankful the infusions got rid of my cancer, I am SO glad for that whole process to finally be over! From here on out it’s going to be CT scans every 6 months for the next 5 years. As you can bet, I’ll have my fingers and toes crossed every single time that I get nothing but good news. Cancer Really is a Silent Killer: Throughout this whole experience cancer has been … [Read more...] about Cancer Update – The Battle is Won!
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 into … [Read more...] about A Better Alternative to Working Too Much