The Power of a Smile

Years before we had cell phones and airline apps, I became aware that my flight from Seattle to Atlanta had been cancelled due to mechanical issues only after arriving at the airport. I wasn’t concerned, however, as my airline offered five more Atlanta-bound flights through the course of the day. The problem I encountered was that I was in a long line with dozens of passengers who had just...
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How Much is Enough?

What I most love about math is that it’s both predictable and precise! Insert the variables into the equation, and you can always find “X.” Take retirement planning, for example. There are numerous financial-planning tools online which can help define a savings goal as well as predict how long one’s money will last based on various market returns. Determine your...
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Core Values and Non-Negotiables

It was a team meeting to discuss our core values that really helped define my practice vision and develop our corporate culture. My young team and I spent a day free from the distractions of a ringing telephone and patient care to openly discuss what it was that “got us out of bed each morning.” Chuck Blakeman, author of the best-selling book, “Making Money is Killing Your Business,” calls it...
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Make It Happen!

When our kids were young, we enjoyed many adventures in a small RV. I’d plan detailed itineraries using a few AAA maps and a copy of National Geographic’s Guide to the National Parks. Sometimes we’d be on the road for a week or more, exploring the incredible beauty of this great land. Most often, however, we took advantage of long holiday weekends to visit family in Florida and...
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Too Poor to Buy Cheap

As a young boy growing up in the fifties, I remember helping my dad fix things. Whether it was the car, the furnace, or the sink, my dad could fix it, and – by working beside him – I learned to fix things too. We weren’t well-to-do by any stretch of the imagination. We ate the heels of every loaf of bread, drank each gallon of milk to the last drop, and packed bologna and cheese sandwiches every...
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