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Donating to the Boston Marathon Victims

On Monday, April 15, 2013 my wife and I participated in the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. Runners and non runners both know how special and uplifting this event can be, and we were privileged to be able to run through that amazing city. As you know, there was a horrific and cowardly bombing […]

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Sales Lesson I Learned Raising Money for Charity

In 2012, I was on a team of friends and family that raised over $5,000 for Livestrong by running the Chicago Marathon. While I was worried about badgering people during the fundraising process, I learned a valuable lesson that applies to just about any sales pitch (and one more reason you should consider a job in […]

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11 Apps That I Love

Photo: Casey Fleser I love talking to people about what apps they use. Whether it’s smart phone or tablet apps, web apps, or plugins, I love hearing what tech makes people’s lives easier. I also get asked about my own quiver of apps from time to time, so I thought I’d share those here. I’ll […]

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Money Isn’t Holding You Back, Excuses Are

Photo: David Goehring I recently wrote that insecure people are ugly. They are, but this pathetic excuse-maker on Reddit (found via @Ramit) is uglier, bitching that only people with money can become wealthy or “make it.” I can’t stand excuses like this. Let’s begin with the most obvious. Your problem isn’t a lack of money, […]

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Use an Incentive to be More Successful (and Get More Done)

Photo: trazomfreak To begin 2011, 57-year old Martha Staten decided on an ambitious New Year’s resolution – to run every day for a year. 365 days, no exceptions. That’s definitely a lofty goal, so she added an unusual incentive to help reach her goal. Each day she ran, she’d drink a different beer. That way, if […]

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Two Weeks of FORCED Vacation for Bankers?

Photo: Dennis Wong Thanks to a tweet by Ramit Sethi, I saw a very intriguing statement by the FDIC regarding paid time off for bank employees. In short, the FDIC strongly urges banks to basically impose at least 14 consecutive days away from work for all active bankers.

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Insecure People Are Ugly

From Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement I like to watch people’s reactions when they hear about someone else’s good news. Whether it’s a promotion, a big sale, or some other big win, good news can bring out the worst in people. Why? In my experience, it’s all about one’s personal security (or insecurity). The more insecure […]

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Atlas Shrugged and Productivity

Photo:  Francisco Diez Earlier today, when I was waiting for the notary who was AN HOUR LATE to my refinance closing, I obviously opened up my Facebook page to kill time while I waited. Now, I have many issues with Ayn Rand, but I’m still a huge Atlas Shrugged fan. No, I don’t dream of a sharp-elbowed society […]

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Ben Franklin and the Stolen iPad

Photo: nathanmac87 As I mentioned in my last post, I recently traveled to Asia. From Shanghai we went on to Taiwan, where most of my wife’s family still lives. After some time in Taipei, we went to picturesque Hualien (which was amazingly beautiful, if you’re ever so inclined. Hualien easily stands up to the likes of […]

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Speaking Directly

I’m in China right now. Shanghai, to be exact. My wife is Chinese (thought she has more family in Taiwan than mainland China) so we come here from time to time. Every time we come to China, I renew my half-hearted attempt to learn and speak some Chinese. As anyone who’s tried will tell you, […]

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