January 19, 2023

Friday Thoughts: Many roads, same destination

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.” -Albert Einstein. All people have different skill sets. Mine are different than those that I work with, and theirs are different than mine. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that everyone deals with things differently. Depending on the situation, someone else’s approach to a problem or job may actually be more effective. We can also expand our perspective by observing someone else undertake a task, gaining a different approach. Another tool in the box may […]
January 12, 2023

A lesson from 37,000 feet.

On Wednesday, I was returning from a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While on the flight (which was delayed numerous times, like so many others around this time this year) I went to log on to the Wi-Fi. Then, on to the Paramount app on my iPad (to get my fix of watching Tulsa King & Yellowstone). I waited…but no luck. I could not log on. So then, I tried to log into my Disney app. Why not watch a little Marvel?! But still no connection. The Wi-Fi said it was connecting, but the signal must have been too weak. […]
January 5, 2023

Friday Thoughts: Make 2022’s ceiling 2023’s floor.

How can you skyrocket into 2023? Focus on making 2022’s ceiling this year’s floor. Personally, professionally, and, most certainly, financially, nothing feels better than achieving something significant. That all starts with setting (and writing down, setting up accountability systems, etc.) goals. Without them, how would you know how well you are doing? One of my mentors, Harry, once said, “Imagine a career in sales with no contests. It would be like running a marathon or training for one and not knowing the distance you had to go.” Humans, by nature, crave that. We’re hard-wired to both seek and respond to adulation and/or recognition. […]
January 3, 2023

June 2023 Market & Economic Recap

The Stock Market Stocks finished a robust month by rallying on the last trading day, Friday, June 30th. That also capped a banner quarter and first half of 2023 for the markets. For the month of June, the stock market’s three major indices performed as follows: Dow +4.6% S&P 500 +6.5% Nasdaq +6.6% That was the best monthly performance since October 2022 for the S&P 500 and the fourth consecutive winning month for the Nasdaq. For the second quarter of 2023, the three major indices performed as follows: Dow +3.4% S&P 500 +8.3% Nasdaq +12.8% The Nasdaq has now posted […]
January 1, 2023

December 2022 Market & Economic Recap

Stock Market In 2022, the U.S. stock market experienced its worst year by percentage decline since the financial crash in 2008, snapping a three-year streak of Wall Street gains. At the final bell of 2022, those three major benchmarks performed as follows for the year: Dow Jones -8.8% S&P 500 -19.4% Nasdaq -33.1% And for December, the three major indices performed as follows: Dow Jones -4.2% S&P 500 -5.9% Nasdaq -8.7% Inflation The December 13 inflation report brought a sigh of relief, as the Consumer Price Index rose just 0.1% over the previous month, coming in significantly lower than forecasts. […]
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