Academy Blog

A Champion is Needed

Open the Cookies “Put a bag of cookies in the break room and it might sit for days. Open the bag and leave it out, and within an hour, all the cookies will be gone. We are happy to take a tiny slice off the thing that’s being shared, but we hesitate to open the...

Toilet Paper

Ever wonder why there aren’t any toilet paper salespeople? I suppose it’s because the stuff sells itself.  On the other hand, there and literally hundreds of thousands of financial sales people. I suppose it’s because the stuff doesn’t sell itself.  ...

You’re In Position

It’s YOU-YOU’RE the one  Stop looking to or for someone else.  You’re positioned to make it happen. “It” being whatever you think needs doing or the problem you think needs solving.   Take charge.  Take control.  I imagine you want your loved ones to be happy and you...

Your Super Power

Being a novice, being an amateur, a first timer, doesn't feel great. It used to be, when I would stand in front of a room of people, or simply be called on to answer a question, I would get a pit in my stomach. But as you do it more often, those feelings begin to go...

Your Independence Day

Perspective is one of the most valuable assets each of us have.  It can be hard to get and harder still to keep.   As you enjoy the commemoration of our Declaration of Independence, I encourage you to revisit your perspective and your sense of where you...

Small Amounts, Big Results

I fell into the trap- I was checking my phone 10,000 times a day, scrolling mindlessly through social media and incessantly checking email.  I had even turned off push notifications, but that made matters worse. My premise today is this:  Small increments of time...

Why Why Why

SIMON SINEK broke onto the scene in 2009, asking us to “start with why.” His TED Talk has been viewed millions of times and inspired countless articles. He commands attention and captivates audiences with his message. All good things. For both individuals and...

Taking Advantage

I DON’T WANT to pay for things that aren’t useful—and I’m not interested in wasting money. Nobody is. For instance, over the past 15 years, 89% of actively managed U.S. stock funds failed to outperform the broad U.S. stock market, according to S&P Global. Why...

What I Value

A WAR IS RAGING. On one side of this conflict is the individual and, on the other, society and culture. To the victor goes your attention and your money. I submit you’ll win through intentionality—and you’ll lose if you let society determine what’s of greatest value...

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