The Power of Framing in Money, Life

In a consumerist culture, happiness is closely associated with wealth. The more you earn, the more you can buy, the happier you will feel. Yet, there is a reason why studies show older adults are happier, and it’s not from accumulating massive levels of wealth. The secret is found in a quote attributed to RomanContinue reading “The Power of Framing in Money, Life”

Managing Your Personality in Your Portfolio

Whether we can admit it or not, the way we invest is heavily influenced by our personalities. As I struggle with the hardest Dry January in history, I’ve thought a lot about people I’ve known who could freely indulge in alcohol or drugs yet still meet all life’s obligations. They always made it to theContinue reading “Managing Your Personality in Your Portfolio”

What You Appreciate, Appreciates

A fundamental principle for growing wealth, love, happiness — everything — lives in a remote corner of India. More than 40 years ago, a humble farmer named Jadav Payeng started to plant trees on a desolate river island. Known as “The Forest Man of India,” he planted tens of thousands of trees — bamboo, cottonwoodContinue reading “What You Appreciate, Appreciates”

A Lesson to Remember in a Year to Forget

The Chicxulub asteroid had a diameter of possibly 50 miles, or maybe as little as seven. So, the equivalent distance of a nice day drive or morning jog. We will likely never know with certainty. What we do know is its impact on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula was powerful enough to trigger the extinction of 75%Continue reading “A Lesson to Remember in a Year to Forget”

Supercharging Your Financial Bullshit Detector

Please excuse the language. To me, the hardest part of writing isn’t the writing. It’s the editing. Specifically, the cutting. My ego believes every word is divine while my brain says most are crap. Deep down I know my work improves when I get the red pen and, as Stephen King incites, “kill my darlings.”Continue reading “Supercharging Your Financial Bullshit Detector”

Do Your Financial Goals Match Your Values?

Tony Hsieh, who tragically passed away last week, was all of us – someone who wanted to know how to live a happy, meaningful life during his short time on Earth. A concern for happiness was a major reason why the former Zappos CEO focused on transforming work culture. Happy workers made happy customers. ButContinue reading “Do Your Financial Goals Match Your Values?”

How to Develop a Wealth-Building Mindset

You can have all the financial wisdom ever known. Yet, it is still no guarantee you’ll achieve your financial goals and build wealth as you define it. Knowledge isn’t always an effective antidote for our emotions. Therefore, to put that knowledge into action it helps to have the right mindset. In my latest article forContinue reading “How to Develop a Wealth-Building Mindset”

Hitting Pause on the Hedonic Treadmill

One of the most important parts of surgery occurs away from the operating table. Before the procedure begins, the surgical team takes a timeout. A bulletin from the American College of Surgeons describes it as “an immediate pause… to confirm the correct patient, procedure and site.” This calculated pause has been shown to significantly improveContinue reading “Hitting Pause on the Hedonic Treadmill”

The 44 Stages of Living Through a Financial Crisis

As 2020 mercifully comes to an end, newspapers and magazines are releasing their best-of and year-in-review lists. There is much to reflect upon, or eagerly forget. But, as someone just shy of 40, one of the things that sticks out most to me is the fact this year marked the second major financial crisis ofContinue reading “The 44 Stages of Living Through a Financial Crisis”

Four Things That Make Money Meaningful

Behind the long braids of barbed wire and tall machine-gun towers of Dachau came the unmistakable sound of laughter. A transport of prisoners from Auschwitz had just arrived, and they were joyful.  To me, this was the most affecting scene in Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, about his physical and spiritual survival inContinue reading “Four Things That Make Money Meaningful”