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Karma: Do we Really Reap What We Sow?

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. – Wayne Dyer

The belief that the universe restores moral order by rewarding and punishing people based on their past actions.

Karma refers to action, words or deeds. In the Western world, it has become the trigger word used for a known thought process that refers to as: “what goes around, comes around”. It has been simplified in meaning in urban contexts and reduced to a concept that you reap what you sow. 

When you dive deeply into extensive historical works, karma means more than just: what Read more

Being Different is Not a Choice

“Being different gives the world color”  Nelsan Ellis 

Photo by Matteo Paganelli on Unsplash

The most challenging part of leading a team is understanding the unique and creative  capabilities of every team member. The uniqueness of your team will determine the success of your team. Leaders often fall

Into the trap of “playing it safe” and gravitate to individuals who fit the norm and can be placed in a neat and comfortable box. Times they are a changing. Playing it safe will no longer suffice. Here are as few examples of why I prefer to no longer sit on … Read more

Perfection is the Enemy of Gratitude

“Often, perfectionists forget the importance of efficiency.” -Ismael Díaz Lázaro

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Life is a lot like seeing your kids bake a chocolate banana cake without supervision. There will be mess…lots of mess. The dirty dishes will pile up, there will be sticky egg yolk on the counters and the dog will have flour on his nose. Like our kitchen, life gets messy and gooey.

One of the most unnecessary pressures … Read more

Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? 3 Examples of Effort Relative to Reward

Kelly: You wanna be president? Lemme tell you the first rule of politics; Always know if the juice is worth the squeeze. You know what that means? It means you don’t steal my girl unless you’re ready to accept the consequences. The words above were said by Kelly, played by Timothy Olyphant, in the movie “The Girl Next Door”  ( 2004).

​ used this phrase recently when I was asked for advice by an intern regarding an issue related to discrimination in the workplace. It did not occur to me that this phrase is not as common as I … Read more

Leadership and Kindness: Two Sides of the Same Coin

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted – Aesop

Kindness is an impulse. It is not something you plan to be each day.

A key ingredient to be an impactful leader is to be kind. Kind to your leadership team. Kind to people who report into you and kind to yourself. Being a kind leader allows you to cultivate a culture of respect, generosity and inclusion. It seems so simple to be kind, yet, it is a quality that makes it hard to be consistent.
Kindness is not random. Kindness is not the same … Read more

Dad, What is Lifestyle Creep?

​What a great question!  I’m glad you asked.

First of all, what picture does the word, creep conjure up in your mind?  Have you ever sneaked up on someone and then scared the daylights out of them?  You were able to get close enough without being detected by creeping up on them? Creep refers to something that is done so surreptitiously that most people would not detect it.  Little by little, it moves along until bam!  It happens.

It happens very slowly, often completely unnoticed, and then, bam!  Disaster strikes.  Lifestyle creep is not the kind of habit … Read more

​Dad, How Do I Minimize Family Interference?

“My parents think we should buy a house, but I don’t think our finances are ready for that.” “My grandfather says that only fools invest in the stock market.”
“Uncle Steve invests a lot of his money in gold and pretty much insists that we should all be doing the same.”
“My brothers say that buying a car that’s less than five years old is a waste of money.”

Family members and loved ones can be incredibly compelling. We trust them. We love them. We value their input. Sometimes, they frustrate us with their input, but we know that it’s … Read more

Dad, My Finances are a Mess

​Dad, my finances are a mess.  What can I do?  How about a financial cleanse?

You have probably heard people talking about going on cleansing diets.  Some of them can be pretty weird and drastic, but the idea is to let all the toxins flush out of the body. What needs to be remembered when taking such action is that it won’t take long to reverse any benefits you may have achieved, unless you change some of your habits.

This easily applies to your financial health.

How about flushing all the financial toxins you’ve accumulated out of your budget?  Trust … Read more