Story drives human progress, and our ability to subscribe to story is the greatest distinguishing characteristic between human beings and any other species. A key to living a content and wealthy life is to balance the relationship between playing our roles in fictional stories with what is real. If you’re familiar with the work of…

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Lately, I’ve been trying to simplify parenting to a few key principles.  The goal of the exercise was to lessen my corrective frame of mind.   “Stop doing that”, “leave that alone”, and “put that down” gets old and noisy.  While multiple kids make any parent susceptible to this energy, surely simplification would help me, I…

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The universe relies on both order and chaos. It’s a prerequisite for evolution and progress. An example of chaos is the unpleasant phenomenon that our 4 ½ billion-year-old planet periodically experiences mass extinction.  And not just dinosaurs. There are multiple documented events where a good portion of the planet gets wiped out. One of which…

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We often care more about being right than doing what is right.  This has far reaching consequences. First, a quick story: “Combs!” This was the sound of my high school basketball coach grasping for straws as we fell further behind on the scoreboard.  He was calling for my teammate “Combs” – not me.  It was…

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Cue the Cat’s In The Cradle, get the melody and Harry Chapin’s voice stuck in your head.  Drift through all phases of life – those already experienced and those left to the imagination.  You might find yourself feeling like there’s nowhere to go – that we’re all exactly where we need to be. I suspect…

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Do a quick YouTube search for graduation speeches and enjoy your endless supply of messaging that revolves around “following your passion”.  Maybe an alum who has made it big time or the ultimate celebrity that speaks only gospel truth is more than happy to tell us the key to success is passion. Lewis Alcindor (later…

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Last weekend, I was walking to the beach with our 4-year-old (or “4 ½ !”, as he would say).  He asked: “Dad, are my friends going to be there?” I responded:   “Yea, buddy.  I’m pretty sure Tommy is going to be there.” Him: “Tommy is going to be there?!  I haven’t seen him in…

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To be honest. In all honesty. Candidly. All cards on the table. And this is a true story. Different ways we all start sentences to let others know we’re extra serious this time and that every other time is a version of the truth.  We all struggle with truth.  It affects our contentment, our relationships,…

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There once was a farmer whose horse escaped.  His neighbor said, “Oh that’s terrible!”.  The farmer shrugged and said, “Who knows?”. The horse returned a day later with another horse.  The horse had made a friend. The neighbor said to the farmer, “Oh, that’s wonderful!”. The farmer shrugged and said, “Who knows?” The farmer’s son…

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Wealth lasts forever.  Money comes and goes.  Wealth saves us time.  Money costs us time.  Wealth is how we’re remembered.  Money is our transfer vehicle.  Wealth is up to you and me.  Money is elusive. Wealth is a foundation.  Money is an accelerant.  Wealth is limitless.  Money is finite. During a recent phone conversation with…

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