January 27, 2022

Why is change so painful?

It’s 2002, and I’m moving out of my apartment and into my first condo. I was going to be a homeowner for the first time, paying an unthinkable sum (at the time) if $601,000. I had never owned property before, and the stress and emotions that come with that huge life step were all crashing down on me. After all, I was comfortable in my apartment – and in my life. But I also felt it was the right time. So many people I knew were also taking the leap of faith into “adulting,” so it just seemed like the […]
January 20, 2022

I have many regrets in my life.

I have many regrets in my life. But perhaps the biggest regret is around my father. He and I never had much of a relationship, but towards the end of his life, after locating him and getting him off the streets, I simply didn’t want much to do with him. After all, why should I? Where was he when I was young? Or when I needed him? Now, looking back, that decision pains me. After all, we never know when it will be the last time we have the chance to spend time or see someone. My father loved only […]
January 15, 2022

What’s the meaning of life? That’s an easy one.

What’s the meaning of life? That’s the question that’s echoed through the ages, stumping the greatest philosophers, scholars, and holy men alike through the millennia. But, to me, the answer is easy. The meaning of life is to find your gift. That’s it. Since we crossed that off the list of eternally unanswerable questions, let’ keep going. When it comes to your life’s work, your task is to develop that gift. And the purpose of life? That’s to share your gift. Meaning, purpose, and life’s work, all relating to your gifts. Now, the hard part: how can we achieve those […]
January 7, 2022

The game is mostly mental.

He must be cheating. No one can ride Peloton with that resistance for that long. That output cannot be right! While he pedaled smoothly, controlled his breathing like a well-oiled machine, I couldn’t even move the pedals at that rate. Sure, he was a collegiate athlete and runner, but that shouldn’t matter much now, right? No, there’s no way that can be right. There’s no way! But the fact remained: He is in better shape than me, the output was right, and he wasn’t cheating, of course. So, I asked my good buddy, who was barely breaking a sweat as […]
January 7, 2022

Your December 2021 Market & Economic Recap

  Jobs and Unemployment December’s job report was a pleasant surprise when just released a few days ago, far surpassing expectations and estimates. According to private payroll firm ADP, employers added 807,000 jobs in December 2021, an exceedingly strong finish to 2021. Previous estimates anticipated only 360,000 jobs to be added in December, less than half of the actual true number of hiring. December’s 807,000 new hires also blew past November’s strong 534,000 additions. The biggest job gains were seen by the service sector (+669,000 jobs) and among larger firms (+389,000). At the time of this writing, the Labor Department […]
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