Category Archives: Income and Wealth

The future ain’t what it used to be.

The future ain’t what it used to be.

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Think back to yourself a decade ago, compared with the person you are now.  Recall how different you were then and how much you’ve changed.

Now imagine yourself in 10 years.  Most of us see our future selves as little changed from the person we are today.  Continue reading The future ain’t what it used to be.

Can money buy happiness?

Can money buy happiness?

Can money buy happiness?

We’re on a “treadmill of consumption,” continually buying more and more stuff.  Yet, even as our incomes rise, we don’t seem to get any happier.

So, future tycoons, will having more money increase your happiness?  Or are you simply speeding up the treadmill?  Continue reading Can money buy happiness?

Fine feathered friends.

Fine feathered friends.

Fine feathered friends.

At one time Europeans thought that all swans were white.  The phrase “black swan” derives from a common 16th century English expression as a statement of impossibility.

Then in 1697, Dutch explorers discovered large numbers of black swans in Western Australia.  Continue reading Fine feathered friends.

’til debt do us part.

’til debt do us part.

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The emotional connection of money makes it very difficult for spouses to agree on spending habits, earning capacities, and priorities for managing money. That spells trouble.

How often is money an issue in divorces?  More often than you think.  Continue reading ’til debt do us part.

Lessons for a life well-lived.

Lessons for a life well-lived.

Dr. Brian Gahran

Wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and good life-choices.  Wise persons anticipate the consequences of decisions.

Like speech, wisdom is an accumulated skill.  It is acquired slowly through personal experience and by learning from the mistakes of others.  Continue reading Lessons for a life well-lived.

Bill Gates did it. So did Oprah Winfrey.

Bill Gates did it.  So did Oprah Winfrey.

Bill Gates did it. So did Oprah Winfrey.

NeXters, you’re strong, good-looking, and above average.

As recognized persons of genius and talent, what are the odds that you, too, will become a billionaire?

Not as good as you think.  Continue reading Bill Gates did it. So did Oprah Winfrey.

Every pizza is a personal pizza.

Every pizza is a personal pizza.

Every pizza is a personal pizza.

Pizzas are never cut perfectly. And, quite naturally, most of us want to scam the largest slice for ourselves.

We seek to maximize the gain (most cheese and pepperoni) and minimize surprises (who ordered the anchovies?).  Continue reading Every pizza is a personal pizza.

The sum of your choices.

The sum of your choices.

The sum of your choices.

The fundamental decisions most young persons will make are the same ones faced by their parents and their parents’ parents.

In a world less forgiving of mistakes, the ability to make smart decisions is a particularly vital skill to master.  Getting it wrong can cost a bundle. Continue reading The sum of your choices.

Old habits die hard.

Old habits die hard.

Old habits die hard.

A bad habit is an undesirable behavior pattern.  Common examples include procrastination and overspending.

But removing established habits can be a challenge because they are a part of who we are.  Continue reading Old habits die hard.