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Confessions of a Screwed-up 60-something

Frustrated middle aged businessman sitting at office desk

What the Hell Happened?I had everything worked out. I was doing what I was supposed to be doing, when and where I was supposed to be doing it. But then the work got really hard. And it got really weird. And REALLY stressful.  I was in a business I didn’t know, doing a job I had never done before, in a culture…
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Lifestyle Investing: The Smart Way to Retire (at any age)

What is Lifestyle Investing?For decades we have been taught that saving for retirement meant that you invest in long-term, passive investments like mutual funds, your 401(K), IRA’s, etc. and hope that you have enough money built up to live on the rest of your life after you retire. The idea is to hit this big number so you could go on great trips, buy lots of…
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5 Things That Can Make You Poor that You Probably Never Thought About

It’s Not Always About Money​​Beyond the obvious bad habits of poor money management, being in debt, overspending, and not saving for the future, there are several other factors that can land you in the poor house. Some of them are not so obvious and may surprise you. Bad personal habits, unhealthy relationships, even how you were raised could have an…
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Want to Get Out of Debt? DON’T Do These 5 Things

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Debt is a KillerPersonal debt is killing the middle class. A 2017 study by NerdWallet showed that average credit card debt in American households is nearly $16,000. Auto loans, almost $28,000. Student loans, over $48,000. Average total debt for a typical American family is $133,568. That’s not counting mortgage debt, which adds another $178,037.Total consumer debt in America sits at…
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You Can Live In Financial Freedom

What is Financial Freedom?Being out of debt? Having all the money you ever wanted? Having the time to do anything you want? To go anywhere you want? Live anywhere you want?Financial freedom is all of that, but it’s so much more…It’s waking up in the morning to the sound of birds, or the ocean, or wind rustling through the trees,…
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5 Things that Will Help You CRUSH IT as a Business Owner

You may think that the most successful entrepreneurs are the people with the most brilliant ideas, the most dynamic personalities, the biggest investors, or the most gifted mentors. Well, not really. Aside from those things there are some very fundamental traits and habits that all successful people share. And they are the same traits that anyone has, or can develop…
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No Greater Freedom

We The People

America’s doom was approaching… A couple of Saturday mornings back, I was watching an episode from a documentary series about the American Revolution. It is a very well done series and in this particular episode there was a segment on the arrival in force of British troops to the colonies. The fleet arrives in New York harbor boasting a force…
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My Journey to Freedom – You Need More than Just a Dream

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Do You Have a Dream?Do you have a dream life that you long to live, doing what you love to do?Are you striving for something better in life? Wanting desperately to make an impact in this world, or at least in your small corner of it?What do you love to do most? If you could do anything you wanted for…
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Are Rich People Cheap?

What do you think? Are rich people cheap? Here are 5 facts that say they are…A waitress friend asked me a question one day. She asked me, “Are rich people cheap? Are they rich just because they’re cheap?” She then went on to regale me with stories about how rich people always gripe the most about the prices on the menu, how…
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Part 4: The Financial System is Legalized Fraud

Creating Debt Out Of Thin AirIn Part 3, we saw how the Fed creates money and loans it to government and the banks, and bails out the entire banking system in a crisis THEY caused. We saw what that means for the economy, and how it affects each of us.In this final installment, we’ll look at how your local bank…
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