August 25, 2023

The Natural?

In the movie The Natural, at the opening of the film, Roy Hobbs’ father looks at him and says, “You have a gift, a talent. But that’s not enough.” Unfortunately, the young Hobbs, preternaturally gifted at baseball, has to learn that lesson on his own, as a crazed fan shoots him while he’s on the way to a tryout with the Chicago Cubs. In the iconic film, it takes Hobbs, played by Robert Redford, a full 16 years before he can come back to baseball from the injury, this time with less natural talent but far more perspective and appreciation […]
August 18, 2023


Last week, I went to a Dodgers game with my son. It was Orel Hershiser Appreciation Night, and the legendary pitcher was being admitted into the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame. For those who don’t know, Orel was a fresh-faced rookie when the Dodgers called him up to the majors in 1983. During his time in LA, Hershiser excelled, becoming a three-time All-Star and winning the Cy Young award. And then, there was ‘88, a fairytale playoff run that cemented his reputation as a baseball immortal. Anyways, at the game last week, a host of Dodgers greats from the past were […]
August 11, 2023

Success Anger Talent Weakness

Years ago, a very dear friend and mentor said to me, “Kid, the most successful people I know are the angriest. And you are the angriest person I have ever met.” On face value, I took that as a compliment, as being told you’re successful usually is. But it’s what he said next that still sticks with me to this day. “But you will never reach your true potential until you solve for that,” he went on. You will never reach your true potential until you solve for that. It completely rattled me at the time, opening my eyes to the […]
August 4, 2023

Tough Conversations

“Thank you,” Andre said. “For what?”  I said. “For calling me out and holding me accountable,” he replied, putting his hand on my shoulder and looking at me with a knowing smile. “You are a true friend.” My client and dear friend, Andre, is a chef. He’s one of the best, thriving professionally with endless accolades. But he was struggling personally, his weight ballooning. He was out of control. One night, while at a charity event, I saw him eating and drinking with abandon. Now, to keep it in perspective, he had quit smoking a year earlier. Andre blamed his weight gain […]
August 1, 2023

July 2023 Market & Economic Recap

Stock Market In July, stocks continued their favorable run, turning bear to bull in 2023. For the month, the market’s three major indices performed as follows: S&P 500 3.1% The Dow 3.4% Nasdaq Composite 4.1% For the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite, July marked the fifth-straight month of gains, the longest green streak in approximately two years. Year-to-date (through July 31st), the market’s major indices have performed as follows: The Dow 7.3% S&P 500 19.5% Nasdaq 37.1% Through the first seven months of 2023, the S&P 500 registered its best start of any year since 1997, while the Nasdaq saw its highest-gaining […]
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