February 15, 2016 rummy

Unless you’re a die-hard Chicago sports fan, you may not be aware that this week Michael Jordan will celebrate his birthday. Interestingly, one of the greatest and most successful athletes in sports history has a lot to say about failure….or in his words, “I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” As many of us small business owners know, failure happens…but overcoming failure is often the first step towards success. Whether you’re a first time entrepreneur or you’ve had years of experience managing your own business, the fear of failure can be almost…

November 10, 2015 rummy

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. The Great War and Armistice Though the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June…

October 19, 2015 rummy

As fall begins, a lot of us are starting to think about the holidays. Thanksgiving will be here soon, as will Christmas, and then New Years. For a lot of people, these holidays equal one thing—stress. According to a recent survey, Christmas is actually rated 6th on the list of ‘most stressful life events’, being right up there beneath moving, divorce, changing jobs, and other equally stressful situations. 86% of people also said that they found buying presents difficult, and 65% said that shopping for Christmas presents was, in itself, a stress-filled experience. But why are the holidays associated with so…

May 18, 2015 rummy

We all have the best of intentions in planning things to make a better life for ourselves, but for some reason, we fall short. Right? We come up with reasons – excuses – as to why we can’t do something. Unfortunately, we let these reasons and excuses rule us and rob us from living an incredible life.     Imagine what your life would be like if you were born with no arms or legs and people teased you incessantly as a child. Would you just roll over and give up? Or, would you fight and make an amazing life for…

April 1, 2015 rummy

Happy Home in the Bronx   We spend a huge portion of our lives at work. Even if you only work the traditional 40 hours in a week, you’re still spending nearly 1/3 of your life at work. This can be a scary fact for some to face. But if, with the right conditions, you derive a sense of joy from your work, feel a sense of connection, and believe that you create a positive impact on some portion of the world (however small) through your work then work becomes much more than just a paycheck….

March 30, 2015 rummy

Some people stop moving forward because they don’t believe that they have what it takes to accomplish the next objective. This could happen in many different ways. Some people don’t apply for promotions, for example, because they simply don’t believe that they could possibly get them. Some people don’t even think about starting a business because they don’t think that they are ‘smart enough’ to do so. Some people shy away from volunteering for special projects because they doubt whether or not they have the skills necessary to be useful.   These are all relatively common types of thoughts for…

March 25, 2015 rummy

Make every day count. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computers, really did a good job of summarizing this idea when he spoke this quote into existence…  “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” -Steve Jobs    What are you going to do today? You, just like every other…

March 3, 2015 rummy

Don’t be surprised… we all have them. In fact, for most people, a bad day at least once per week is a common thing. It could be caused by any number of things. Maybe it’s Monday and you would rather be anywhere than at work. Maybe you don’t feel good. Maybe you just paid the bills and have barely enough money in your account to cover getting to work and back for the rest of the week. Maybe you are tired of friends who put your down and managers who make it their mission to cause you misery. Whatever the…

February 19, 2015 rummy

With the pressures of being a mom, dad, wife, husband, employee, taxi service, care giver and all the other things we do in life, it’s hard to take a moment to enjoy a little peace, quiet and happiness.    Many of us look for big, monumental occasions to give us meaning, to provide us with happiness. It’s the birthday celebrations, the anniversary parties, the big holiday to-dos that we look forward to where we can finally say: “I’m happy”. In the end, though, those a just events and once the lights go down and the party is over, it’s time…

February 16, 2015 rummy

  While a six-figure inheritance or high-paying job can land you in the top 1% of earners, it’s the little things — your money habits — that often make the difference between a life of prosperity and one of constant financial stress. Just ask CFP® David Blaylock, who doesn’t simply advise his clients on the merits of good money habits — he practices what he preaches. For example, “I do a periodic review of all the subscriptions I have — the ones that hit my credit cards each month,” says Blaylock. “You’d be surprised at how many subscriptions we all have…