Kudos to “Stingy Millennials”

When I first saw the headline of this article—"There’s a theory that stingy millennials are to blame for the sluggish economy"—my first thought was, "Well good for them!" The article relates that the savings rate of the Millennial generation is higher than that of their predecessors from Gen X. I've long thought that the reason … Continue reading Kudos to “Stingy Millennials”

Life Tip #83

You can’t move forward until you get real with yourself. One reason that it is so hard for adults to learn and grow is that we refuse to be real with ourselves. We need to admit—fully admit—what is wrong with us. These are probably things we already know deep down but have been hiding from. … Continue reading Life Tip #83

Life Tip #100

After reading this scary article from the past week "Recall of Blood Pressure Drug Losartan Expanded," I could only shake my head because I wrote about how this same exact topic affected me personally. Check out Life Tip #100 of my book, Busy Being Borne below to hear why I firmly believe that no one … Continue reading Life Tip #100

Life Tip #29

The time to pursue your dreams is there, you just have to find it. I get it. There are bills to pay and mouths to feed. Yet there are probably fifteen to eighteen hours per week that you waste on TV, social media, playing golf, drinking beer, and other pointless endeavors. What if you took … Continue reading Life Tip #29

Labor Day: What a Tad Bit of Research Can Teach Us

While today there is much political debate about Labor Day, labor unions, minimum wage, etc. I want to refrain from joining that particular debate. Rather I would like to simply point out some of the great social change that resulted from the rise of the labor movement. Changes to laws regarding child labor, immigrant labor, … Continue reading Labor Day: What a Tad Bit of Research Can Teach Us

The Student Loan Payoff

So you say you can't pay off your huge student loan debt? Read this story by quite the quirky, awesome lady who paid off more than $222K, then tell us what your excuse is... "This woman paid off over $222K in student debt."

Parents’ Misguided Thinking on Sports

I'm linking a pretty good story here about parents' motives behind having their kids play sports. I agree to some extent with the writer's argument, that too many parents push their kids so hard in hopes that they will "make it to the big leagues." However, I would add that another factor contributes just as … Continue reading Parents’ Misguided Thinking on Sports

Life Tip #117

Your master plan isn’t going to kick start itself. Have you ever waited in line for something, like at a concert or sporting event, only to discover that you didn’t need to be waiting in line after all? Or how about this: You are waiting for something to trigger an activity or a process, before … Continue reading Life Tip #117

Life Tip #43

Seriously question whether the university is the best place to get an education. College degrees ain’t what they used to be, folks. Even the so-called highly-educated person today isn’t truly educated, in traditional terms. On today’s college campus students learn so much specialized information in their major field of study that they aren’t getting a … Continue reading Life Tip #43

Life Tip #41

Invest your time into your children’s education. When it comes to starting your kids on the right path in terms of getting a strong education and being motivated to learn, try this technique: Stay on your kids’ butts every single day, checking and helping them with their homework. Do this every single day of the … Continue reading Life Tip #41

Life Tip #138

Your life’s purpose may sound insane to most people. One man’s insanity is another man’s dream, after all. But in the end, if you fulfill that dream, that purpose, you just might inspire others to pursue and find their own. Center of the World, Felicity, CA My son and I experienced two examples of this … Continue reading Life Tip #138

Life Tip #98

Don’t be a grasshopper. Be an ant. I would love to credit the person who came up with the original version of this some years ago. I’ve updated and genericized it to make it as apolitical as possible. Enjoy! THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER — CLASSIC VERSION The ant works hard in the withering heat … Continue reading Life Tip #98

Life Tip #97

No one ever welfared their way to success! When I was young, I worked one summer for a landscaping company. In his pickup truck on the way to one of our jobs, the owner told us about a phone call he got from a guy responding to his Help Wanted ad. The guy asked the … Continue reading Life Tip #97

Life Tip #90

Don’t be a greyhound. Here is a "question everything" allegory for you: There once was a million-dollar winning greyhound racing dog. All of a sudden, one day, he decided to quit racing. When asked why the sudden decision to quit, the dog said, “After all that running and running and running, I finally realized that … Continue reading Life Tip #90

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

 “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." ~ Sir Isaac Newton ~~~~~ All of my giants have fallen. In the first half of this year, I’ve lost the most towering figures in my life. First, we lost Grandpa Charlie Stangl, and while only my grandpa-in-law, he … Continue reading Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Anything We Put Our Mind To

My source of unconditional love, my go-to person for getting grounded, my Dad, passed away last night surrounded by family. He got in one final, solid nap before the big party in heaven began. Dad taught me many things during our time together, more by his example than by words. Yet there is one thing … Continue reading Anything We Put Our Mind To

65% of Americans need Life Tip #24…Really!

Knowledge is money. Gain the first, keep the second. According to a poll released earlier this year by Creditcards.com, "over 65 percent of U.S. adults with debt don’t know when or if they’ll ever get out of it." Click the link below to read the story. I think much of our money woes stem from … Continue reading 65% of Americans need Life Tip #24…Really!

Life Tip #48

Always put your family before money. Scenario: Your great-paying job forces you to be on the road 100 percent of the time, but at the same time your middle- to high-school kid is having difficult, even dangerous, times back at home. Then you get an offer for a new job where you can be back … Continue reading Life Tip #48

Earth: “See, this is why we can’t have nice things…”

This article speaks for itself: Dutch fence off tulip fields to stop selfie-takers crushing flowers. Come on people! We can do better than this! It reminds me of a great quote from the Simon Pegg movie Hector and the Search for Happiness: “There’s a big difference between being here, and being here to be photographed … Continue reading Earth: “See, this is why we can’t have nice things…”

Life Tip #26

Avoid the career of least resistance. Go for greatness! Your career will likely consume upwards of ten hours a day, five days a week, for more than 30-40 years of your life, so strive for something you truly love. If you settle for the job or career of least resistance, you’ll never be fully satisfied … Continue reading Life Tip #26