The Tyranny of Random Numbers

(from Seth Godin’s blog dated 3/22/2015. Click here for the original post.  Seth is the author of 17 books that have been bestsellers around the world. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books LinchpinTribesThe Dip and Purple Cow.  Follow him on Twitter @thisissethsblog.)    Is that iPhone game really conspiring to put blue squares up at the last minute, just to foil your attempt at a perfect score? Human beings are… [read more]
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What About Your Care?

My husband and I recently spent the weekend with my parents, siblings and their families, celebrating my mom’s 78th birthday.  We had a great time together, and mom told us more than once that having everyone home to visit was her best birthday present.  In today’s world, when we are all so busy, sometimes the greatest gift we can give is our time and attention. When mom and I were in the kitchen cleaning up from dinner (Yes, it was her birthday and we still couldn’t get her to sit and let us wait on… [read more]
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The Bonsai Approach

As part of a workshop I attended this past weekend, I was assigned to a small group of workshop participants and sent off to dinner at an undisclosed restaurant.  It turned out to be a great way to have a new experience with a new group of people and we were particularly fortunate to wind up at a fantastic Japanese restaurant. On the way to dinner, talk turned to TAAG and our approach to financial planning and investing.  As we entered the restaurant, a bonsai tree on the hostess stand provided a nice segue to… [read more]
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Financial Balance – A Matter of Time

You’ll hear me and many planners say that we want people to enjoy today and prepare for tomorrow.  It’s easy to see why both are important – focus too much on today and you won’t do things to secure your future; focus excessively on tomorrow and you sacrifice too much current happiness.  I’ve spent a fair amount of time thinking and talking about this with clients, so I figured that meant that my balance between now and later was in good shape. That is until I learned about a tool called the Zimbardo Time Perspective… [read more]
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