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Four Ways Out of the Pit

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We must learn to sail in high winds.

— Aristotle Onassis

Some of us need inspiration every day.  Like antiperspirant, we need to reapply inspiration every day… or we might start to develop “stinkin’ thinkin’”.

These days it’s harder to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ and believe that things will be OK.  During the crash, things went bad so quickly that we’ve developed a habit of expecting the worst – even now that things are going better.

We’re all waiting for the other shoe to drop.

You see it in the behavior of Continue reading » Four Ways Out of the Pit

Dr. Ingersoll Lectures

How to Take Back Control of Your Life

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Old age is no place for sissies.

— Bette Davis

Have you noticed?  Every field of endeavor has a list of things that we need to do in order to be living correctly.  Finance, health, career, parenting.  If you look, you can find at least one list of the “correct” way to invest, be healthy, create a wonderful and fulfilling career, and best of all, how to raise perfect children.  To make sure that you have all the options, there’s never just one approach.  There are conflicting approaches.  Then, if something isn’t working the way you want, you can decide that you’ve just been Continue reading » How to Take Back Control of Your Life

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Getting Through

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There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them.

— Clare Boothe Luce

What is hopelessness?  It’s the feeling that nothing will change.  It’s the ultimate in discouragement.

We all get discouraged sometimes.  Hopelessness takes that discouragement and makes it feel permanent.

Back in August, I wrote of how I had managed to walk an average of 10K steps every day.  I had decided that walking was one of the few things I could control and I had made a point of walking every single day.

That all changed when I got a bad cold in September.  With the cold, came the usual tiredness and struggle to keep going.  Colds can be a nuisance or a major challenge and this one fell somewhere in between.  What I’ve found is that having a commute that is at least an hour each way severely limits my ability to recover quickly.  Unless I just give up and stay home, a cold can drag on for quite a while.  As a result, I Continue reading » Getting Through

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We Are So Blessed

It’s the season of civic responsibility again.

Ellie and I wage an ongoing battle against helplessness.  No matter what topic we write about, we are always headed in the direction of showing you places where you can take control of your life, your mood, or your circumstances.

Next Tuesday is election day.  No matter what you think of the candidates, it is your chance to express your opinion about the direction you want for our country.  It’s the one opinion poll that really counts.  So please, vote this Tuesday.  We all count.

Below is a reprise of the fight to give women the vote.  It is a precious right.

Originally published on July 6th, 2010.

Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.

— Alice Paul

I know that there are times when we forget just how blessed we truly are. The relentless waves of bad news hit us day after day whether via newspapers or TV or helpful friends wanting to be sure that we know of the latest betrayal or tragedy. As we sit there and process the latest news, we tend to worry that the good ol’ US of A is going to hell in a hand basket. My question – What are you doing about it?

As I was scanning the morning news, I found this article on the elections in Mexico. As a country, they are having to fight for the right to elect the people they want. It’s not that the polls aren’t open, it is that the drug cartels are Continue reading » We Are So Blessed


Paying the Rent

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Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Back when I was working in Corporate America, we used to “joke”, though I’m not sure how funny we thought it was, that no matter how much we had done, the next question out of our boss’s mouth would be “What have you done for me lately?”

To be fair, we did work in the sales division of the company and as I’ve learned while investing, you’re either green and growing (selling) or brown and rotting (not selling).  And, as much as everyone has Continue reading » Paying the Rent