The Smart Consumer’s Guide To A Sane & Affordable Holiday

I don’t get the whole “Black Friday” thing. It strikes me as the height of consumer insanity.

Truncating my holiday family gathering to rush out at a ridiculous hour in the morning so that I can join crowds of other insane people battling to spend money they don’t have on things they don’t need makes no sense to me.

But hey, maybe I just don’t “get it”.

I don’t believe that’s what the holidays are all about.

Below is my brief take on trying to keep sane during the holidays and find some joy in the process…

How To Live Your Life’s Purpose

The goal I hold for you in 2011 is to build enough wealth so that you can afford the life you were born to live. I don’t care about fancy houses and flashy cars. I’m talking about fulfilling your life purpose and providing the unique contribution to this world only you can make. I know it’s a lofty goal but so what? You’re going to die some day, and there is nothing more tragic than never having truly lived. Nobody ever regretted pursuing their dream…

How Do You Know If You’re Living In Financial Integrity?

You are living in financial integrity when your daily actions are congruent with your financial plans and the principles that lead to wealth. Why should you care? Because one path results in wealth and the other results in financial mediocrity. For example, you are out of financial integrity if…

How Not To Succeed

Last weekend I enjoyed a 12 mile hike through mountain trails with a good friend. The day was gorgeous, the scenery beautiful and the conversation stimulating. After our hike he told me an amazing story about the unlikely tragedy surrounding his company getting bought out for more than $100 million dollars. It has an important lesson for all of us…

A Simple Daily Habit For Personal Freedom

Are you mistakenly projecting your value for freedom onto your money?

You know it’s true when your internal brain chatter sounds something like, “I’ll be happier and start living the way I truly want as soon as I achieve X” (replace X with a specific goal or level of financial security). The underlying belief is that when you achieve the objective then the various causes for your unfulfilled life will be solved.

Guess what? It doesn’t work that way, and in this new article I will share with you how it does work…

The Parable Of The Mexican Fisherman And Investment Banker

It’s the holiday season so I thought I would share one of my favorite stories – The Parable of The Mexican Fisherman – that brings much needed perspective to the wealth building game. It is short, fun and packs an important message. After the story you will find some related questions to consider to help set the stage for a prosperous New Year…

A Simple Idea For Greater Happiness

Today I’m going to deviate from the usual finance and investment expert stuff. I’ve been experimenting in my own life with a simple, little idea that is providing tremendous results and I wanted to share it with you. Let me illustrate the idea by sharing what happened to me the other night on a date night with my daughter…

Timeless Wisdom – Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel Of Wealth

Isn’t it amazing how the more things change the more they stay the same? It seems the world is spinning fast and technology is changing everything, yet I can still read an article on wealth principles written in the 1800′s that is so timeless and accurate it still survives to this day. For that reason, I just added Andrew Carnegie’s “The Gospel of Wealth” to this website. What I find particularly intriguing about this treatise is…

10 Essential Wealth Building Principles

Building wealth is about a lot more than just making money. In this new article titled “The Ten Commandments Of Building Wealth” I show you ten essential principles that not only help you build wealth, but will also help you find greater satisfaction and happiness with the process of building wealth…