Life & Planning

Bo Knows

My father used to fix everything with a coat hanger and duct tape… at least he tried.  Then after hours of frustration he would call upon a friend to help him fix the problem with the same resources.  Only after tons of lost hours and money did he call in a true professional.By observation I…

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Gather Ye Rosebuds

You may remember the movie Dead Poet’s Society, starring the late, great Robin Williams. Williams played English teacher John Keating, and in perhaps the most famous scene, Keating makes an impassioned plea to his class. As he asks the prep school boys to look at a worn, black-and-white photo of men who died many years…

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This One Thing You Must Do

My wife and kids will tell you its been a long time since we set aside time for a family vacation… and now the time is finally here.  As you read this email I am successfully unplugged and fully present with my family talking to Mickey, Goofy and the gang! Disney is filled with so…

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How Much Is Enough…For You?

This weekend my wife sent me to the store with my 8 year-old son and 5 year-old daughter to get new shoes.  We came home with shoes, kickballs, football, basketball, baseball glove… need I go on.  And my wife in her “sweet southern” way asked me, “How much is enough?” It is a question that…

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How Much Is Enough… For You?

Norman Rockwell is one of the painters I had around my house growing up.  The one pictured here is one of his most famous, “Freedom from Want” and depicts a family having all they need.  What strikes me most is that the setting isn’t elaborate. It’s simple, relational, and cheerful. The ideals this image conveys…

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Are You Making This Mistake?

Peter Buffett, the son of Warren Buffett, didn’t become a big-time investor following in his father’s footsteps.  He’s actually a musician and once said, “The silver spoon in the mouth too often become the silver dagger in the back – an ill-considered gift that saps ambition and drains motivation, that deprives a young person of…

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My NASCAR Experience

I recently had the opportunity to ride in and then drive a real NASCAR race car at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.  For the first five laps around the track, I was a passenger with a seasoned race driver.  Being from Detroit, I grew up around cars and fairly comfortable with speed, but this experience was…

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The BETTER Way To Learn

I love watching my eight-year-old and five-year-old play on the play ground.  They run and storm across the jungle gym with little regard for the downside of making a mistake.  When they fall, it hurts – them and me. They do learn how to approach the challenge differently the next time. Some say that experience…

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The One Time It's Okay to "Give Up"

Harold Turner held tightly to his business right up to the end. He was afraid to give up any ownership of the thing he’d worked his entire life to build.  When he passed away, the business became a windfall for his oldest daughter, Sally, when she took over both ownership and control. She didn’t understand…

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The Economy You Control

In these volatile, uncertain times, there doesn’t seem to be much left for which we have much control.  There are aspects we can’t control such as the attitudes and behaviors of others.  On the other hand, we can control our attitude and how we respond to the events around us. When it comes to your…

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