We’re not climbing a mountain; we’re navigating an expedition

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Thirty years ago, when I was in my mid-twenties, I remember going through goal-setting exercises. I read books and watched videos and did worksheets to help me determine what I wanted to accomplish in my life, personally and professionally. I was determined to get clear about my long-term goals and then, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, I was going to crush them. (Remember, it was 1991.)

Like most people, my big-picture goals were focused on the final destination — some hazy endpoint far-off in the distance where I would finally have all the things I wanted. …

Here’s how to silence the constant critic in your head

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The other day, I did one of those random acts of kindness for a stranger. I won’t go into specifics, because I don’t want to be that guy. I’ll just say it was nicer than holding the door for someone but not as nice as donating a kidney.

What was interesting to me, though, was the way my inner monologue played out afterward. When I got back in my car, I sat for a moment and enjoyed the warm, glowy feelings of doing something nice for a stranger. I thought, “Hey, that was a kind thing you did. Good job.”

New details are emerging about the tragic death of former Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh on November 27 from injuries he received in a house fire.

Recent articles in Forbes and…

The Oracle of Omaha just turned 90, and we can learn a lot from his observations. (Except, maybe, nutrition.)

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Warren Buffett is widely regarded as one of the greatest investors of the past century, having amassed a fortune worth more than $70 billion. Despite his stratospheric net worth, however, Buffett is revered as much for his wit and wisdom as he is for his wealth.

Buffett has never left his Midwestern roots, literally and figuratively. He still runs his Berkshire Hathaway investment fund from his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, in the same office building he’s occupied for 50 years. He still lives in the same house he’s owned since 1958, now estimated to be worth about $650,000. He’s known…

You can outsource almost everything — except the things that matter

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wikimedia — Sumner Redstone

Sumner Redstone died recently.

You may, or may not, be familiar with him. Redstone was one of the true business moguls of the past half-century. When he died in August at the age of 97, he was still clinging to control of his vast $40 billion media empire that includes Viacom, CBS, theater chains, production companies, and more. All this, despite being on a feeding tube and relegated to communicating in short phrases through an iPad the last few years of his life.

There’s a lot to be fascinated about when it comes to Sumner Redstone’s storied business career. …

“Don’t try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can’t be done, except by liars.” — Bernard Baruch

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“Don’t try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can’t be done, except by liars.” — Legendary investor Bernard Baruch (1870–1965)

Is it time to get out of stocks?

That’s the question consuming many investors as they cast a wary eye on the gyrations in the global stock markets. They are both anxious about experiencing another big downturn in equities like the one we saw in February and March of this year, and equally worried about being too hasty in moving out of the market.

But it’s the wrong question. If you’re tempted to bail out…

Get your guidance from experts — not enthusiasts

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I’m a huge weather geek. Like, to an embarrassing extent. People who know this about me often ask what my favorite weather app is and I don’t know how to answer them because I have seven. As I said — geek.

As a result of this obsessive interest of mine, I probably know more about weather than 90% of the general population. Friends and family often ask me what my forecast is when a big storm is coming, but I won’t tell them, because I’m not qualified. I’m an enthusiast, not a meteorologist. …

Jack Calhoun

20+ years as managing principal of a wealth advisory firm. Currently helping people make amazing BBQ through SmokeBloq, an IoT cooking thermometer.

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