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A Realization

It's been over 2 weeks since I've posted material to this blog, and it's not because I haven't been writing (I have a handful of posts in 'draft' mode).  Rather, I simply have no excitement about publishing anything I've been writing.  This makes me realize that I have fallen into the trap of writing for the sake of writing, and not for the more important reasons of either feeling strongly about the material or believing it would provide a significant value-add to the people and clients I care about.

Screw that.  It's time to shift gears.

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2017 Year End Thoughts

The turn of the calendar poses a great time to reflect back on the lessons learned over the prior 12 months.

2017 proved to be a year filled to the brim with new experiences and insights gained.  I guess this is what happens when you start out on a new venture, and are exposed to the ups and downs that come along with the journey.  Moments of extreme fulfillment were followed by moments of high stress on a rather repeating cycle.  But in the end, this has culminated into one of the most rewarding years of my life.

Here are some lessons learned during this adventure:

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Reclaim Your Life with Passive Income

You often hear these phrases referenced in conjunction with passive income when scouring the internet:

  • Income whether you show up or not
  • Making money while you sleep
  • Putting your money to work for you

While all of these are true and certainly are benefits, I would argue that they focus too heavily on money and beat around the bush of what quality passive income truly does for a person.

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Dial Up Your Happiness By Giving

I spend a lot of my time talking to others about how to grow their wealth and income streams.  Although this growth and accumulation stage is an important step in one's financial journey, I am starting to notice that I rarely have conversations about the flip side of this journey: how one's accumulated wealth will best be put to use.  Or in other words, how one will obtain the greatest satisfaction out of every dollar they eventually spend or gift.  I believe these two stages (accumulation and distribution) of one's financial story are of equal importance.

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A Key to Happiness

No matter which happiness or quality of life ranking report you reference, Denmark is going to sit at or near the top of each list.

This is intriguing, so on my recent trip to Denmark I had the opportunity to ask some Danes about why this is the case. Their response(s) were very modest (this is how they seem to be by nature, so no surprise there), but they all had a common theme:

Contentment and humbleness

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